Joe Biden, ever the political opportunist, paid a visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin, a city that has been ravaged by Black Lives Matter and Antifa after the officer-involved shooting of wanted criminal Jacob Blake.
During a campaign event held in the city, Biden made the statement that Thomas Edison didn’t invent the light bulb. According to him, a black man did.
This, of course, is completely inaccurate and further proof Biden is not in any shape, mentally speaking to be the commander-in-chief of this great country.
via Fox News:
“People fear that which is different. We’ve got to, for example, why in God’s name don’t we teach history in history classes? A Black man invented the light bulb, not a White guy named Edison,” Biden said. “There’s so much — did anybody know before what recently happened that Black Wall Street in Oklahoma was burned to the ground. Anybody know these things? Because we don’t teach them. We’ve got to give people facts.”
It was Edison who first invented the light bulb and a filament that could last 1,200 hours. According to the Department of Energy, Edison secured patents for the incandescent light bulb in 1879 and 1880. Biden was likely referring to Lewis Howard Latimer, who, according to a biography by MIT, patented an improved version of an incandescent light bulb in 1881 that could last even longer than Edison’s. For perspective, 1,200 hours is 50 days — far less time than modern incandescent bulbs last.
Latimer at the time worked for one of the companies competing with Edison’s. Latimer was a child of former slaves, a Union Navy veteran, a member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and eventually the only Black member of the research team known as “Edison’s Pioneers,” according to MIT, after he began working with Edison in 1884.
This isn’t the first time someone has tried to attribute an invention to Latimer. Folks have tried to say that he also invented the telephone, but he himself, in court, stated that Alexander Graham Bell, was the true inventor of the device.
Guys, it’s not just that this was factually inaccurate. Look at that jumbled word salad of a statement. Does that look like someone who has a clear mind? I didn’t think so.