On Friday, Vice President Joe Biden was in Joplin, Missouri, and as usual he made an ass of himself. In this instance, crazy old Joe overstated the deaths that were the result of the tornado that ripped through the Joplin community in 2011, by saying the disaster claimed the lives of 161,000 people.
“161,000 brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, grandparents lost,” said the vice president.
But as Reuters reported in 2011, the death toll was in fact 161:
The death toll from the May 22 tornado in Joplin, Missouri has been revised down to 161 with the discovery that one assumed victim died of other causes.
The city said in a statement that Kenneth J. Henson, a resident of Ottawa County, Oklahoma, did not die in the tornado. Jasper County Coroner Rob Chappel discovered the error while he was helping other officials compile a list of tornado victims for a six-month memorial service, the city said.
“Through this recent review, we are confident that the current list of 161 is accurate,” the city said. The city gave no explanation for the Henson mix-up, and Chappel could not be immediately reached for comment Saturday.
H/T: Weekly Standard