Fact Check: Joe Biden Did NOT Claim "You Won't Be Safe in Joe Biden's America"

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fact Check: Joe Biden Did NOT Claim "You Won't Be Safe in Joe Biden's America" Quoting Pence

Did Joe Biden claim "You won't be safe in Joe Biden's America"? No, that's not true: Biden was quoting what the Trump campaign was saying about him and went on to remark that their "proof" was "the violence we're seeing in Donald Trump's America". The phrase "You won't be safe in Joe Biden's America" that Biden was quoting was used by Vice President Mike Pence in a speech during the Republican National Convention.

The claim was made in a misleading video clip tweeted by the Trump campaign on August 31, 2020 via the "Trump War Room " account (archived here) which read:

"Joe Biden says "You won't be safe in Joe Biden's America!" https://t.co/wSKe4N1XzF"

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

Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Tue Sep 1 07:29:47 2020 UTC)

Here is an embedded version of the tweet:

The video omits the first part of the sentence to make it appear Biden is speaking these words about himself. However the full context of Biden's remark reads:

Trump and Pence are running on this, and I find it fascinating, quote: "You won't be safe in Joe Biden's America". And what's their proof? The violence we're seeing in Donald Trump's America.

You can see Biden's remarks for yourself here, in a video streamed from Pittsburg, PA during a recent campaign event:

Here is the part of Mike Pence's RNC speech Biden appears to be talking about and where he says the exact phrase Biden is quoting:

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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