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Is This a Photograph of Joe Biden's House?

A little background research can go a long way towards avoiding the making of embarrassingly inaccurate accusations.

Published Oct 17, 2020

Claim:
A photograph shows a mansion currently owned by former U.S. Senator and Vice President Joe Biden.

On Oct. 17, 2020, Eric Trump, son of U.S. President Donald Trump, tweeted a picture of a palatial-looking home valued at approximately $1.6M, asserting that it was the current residence of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and questioning how Biden could have legitimately purchased such a property on his former salary of $174,000 per year:

However Eric Trump was wrong on all counts: the pictured home was not currently owned by Joe Biden, it was not his current residence, and the property was -- at one time -- not outrageously outside Biden's price range.

The pictured estate was a 5-bedroom, 10,000-square-foot former DuPont mansion at 6 Montchan Dr. in the Greenville area of Wilmington, Delaware, which was formerly owned by Biden. Way back in 1974, Biden (then a freshman U.S. Senator and a recent widower) was able to purchase the property for a mere $185,000 because the abandoned home was badly run-down and in need of major repairs.

After fixing up the home and living in it for two decades, Biden sold it in 1996 for $1.2 million -- well over twenty years before Eric Trump's accusatory tweet declaring it to still be "Joe Biden's house."

Sources

Kim, Leena.   "All of Joe Biden's Homes, In Photos."     Town & Country.   29 September 2020.

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