Fact Check: Joe Biden Did NOT Suspend All In-Person Campaign Events

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  • by: Victoria Eavis
Fact Check: Joe Biden Did NOT Suspend All In-Person Campaign Events Still Going

Did Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden suspend all in-person campaign events only eight days before election day, as multiple articles and President Trump are claiming? No, that's not true: Biden has announced plans to travel to Georgia and then Florida during the week.

The claim appeared in an article (archived here) published by "djhjmedia.com" on October 26, 2020, titled "Biden Calls a 'lid' on His Campaign, He is Done Meeting In-Person" which opened:

Democrat candidate Joe Biden has ended "in-person" campaigning for the remainder of his Presidential campaign, doing what has become known as "calling a lid," or ending campaign activity for the day, according to numerous media sources.

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Biden Calls a "lid" on His Campaign, He is Done Meeting In-Person | DJHJ Media

Democrat candidate Joe Biden has ended "in-person" campaigning for the remainder of his Presidential campaign, doing what has become known as "calling a lid," or ending campaign activity for the day, according to numerous media sources. "Having been in the emergenc...

While Biden has no in-person events Monday, October 26, 2020, he will be traveling to Georgia on the 27th and two locations in Florida on the 29th, according to press releases from the Biden campaign.

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The president also pushed the false claim during the first couple minutes of his campaign rally in Lititz, Pennsylvania, on October 26, 2020. Trump told the crowd that Biden was "putting the lid" on the next five days of his campaign:

So they just announced, you know this morning, they're putting the lid on, you know the lid, and I hear its for five days. Five days thats 50 percent of the campaign.

NewsGuard, a company that uses trained journalist to rank the reliability of websites, describes djhjmedia.com as:

A conservative political site run by a Texas entrepreneur that publishes false and unproven claims, including about the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to NewsGuard the site does not maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability. Read their full assessment here.

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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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