A mansion in Delaware formerly owned by Joe Biden

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Eric Trump tried to own Biden by posting a photo of his ‘house’—it backfired

As it turns out, Eric's tweet was false in just about every way possible.

Oct 18, 2020, 12:05 pm*

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Mikael Thalen 

Mikael Thalen

Eric Trump, the son of President Donald Trump, accused Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Saturday of living in a mansion.

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In a tweet containing a photograph of a large home, Eric questioned how a politician could obtain such a residence without relying on illegitimate means.

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“The salary of a U.S. Senator is $174,000 per year,” Eric tweeted. “This is Joe Biden’s house…. seems legit.”

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The tweet has since been shared nearly 48,000 times, receiving more than 99,000 likes in the process.

But is the home actually Biden’s? No.

As noted by Snopes, the home, currently valued at around $1.6 million, is not owned by Biden.

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The five-bedroom, 10,000-square-foot estate was owned by Biden previously, however, when he purchased it all the way back in 1974.

Biden, who at the time was a U.S. Senator, bought the home for $185,000. The price was low, even for the time, due to the home being abandoned and desperately in need of renovations.

The home was slowly repaired and Biden lived in the residence up until 1996 when he finally sold the property for $1.2 million.

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The deceptive tweet was ultimately ridiculed by Twitter users, although Eric has seemingly declined to remove it or correct the record.

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Users also took the opportunity to criticize the president for his homes.

“This is the home of someone who paid $750 in federal taxes,” @KateSmithAZ said. “Seems legit.”

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Others poked fun at the president’s history of failed real estate ventures.

“Eric can’t understand how a real estate transaction can make money,” @davidgura said. “Not his strength.”

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As noted by Town and Country, Biden has had a long history with real estate and purchased homes “outside his budget—in his twenties, taking out multiple mortgages and receiving loans against life insurance policies.”

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*First Published: Oct 18, 2020, 11:50 am