Fact Check: Biden Did NOT Kneel At An American Flag In His Hometown

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  • by: Victoria Eavis
Fact Check: Biden Did NOT Kneel At An American Flag In His Hometown Not a Protest

Did former Vice President Joe Biden kneel at an American flag in his hometown while on the campaign trail? No, that's not true: The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee knelt down to talk to a child who was out of frame in many of the camera angles. In a video of the scene, he never mentions an American flag and he can be heard talking to the child while knelt.

The claim appeared in a post (archived here) where it was published by on Facebook on July 11, 2020. It read:

Joe Biden takes a knee after spotting an American flag near his childhood home in Pennsylvania

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Jul 30 13:46:04 2020 UTC)

In a photo from Reuters for ABC News, the child is pictured in the foreground:


In a screengrab of the video, Biden can be seen kneeling and asking if the child is 4 years old:

Screen Shot 2020-07-30 at 9.54.29 AM.png

While there is in American flag at the house next door, the presidential nominee makes no reference to it or any other flag as he kneels.

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  Victoria Eavis

Victoria Eavis is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She recently graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology. In her last few months at Duke, she was a reporter for a student news site, The 9th Street Journal, that covers the city of Durham, North Carolina. 

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