Fact Check: Joe Biden Did NOT Take A Knee During The National Anthem While Visiting Miami's Little Haiti

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fact Check: Joe Biden Did NOT Take A Knee During The National Anthem While Visiting Miami's Little Haiti Posing for Pic

Did Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden take a knee during the national anthem while visiting Miami's Little Haiti? No, that's not true: Photos showing Biden kneeling were taken as he and his wife posed for a photographs with Haitian dancers at a cultural center. The national anthem was not playing at the time.

The claim appeared as a meme in a post (archived here) shared on Facebook on October 10, 2020, under the title "DISGUSTING!" The message above the photo read:

Taking a knew during the National Anthem!! Let that sink in... A PRESIDENTIAL candidate taking a KNEE during our NATIONAL ANTHEM!!! Taking a KNEE for the very freedoms you claim you are going to protect and defend!! NO THANKS!!

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

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Oct 12 01:13:52 2020 UTC)

The meme takes this photo out of context. It was just a photo op during Biden's visit to Miami to court the Haitian-American community:

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A Google image search for the terms "Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden poses for a photo with dancers as he visits Little Haiti Cultural Complex" returns these images at the top:

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All of the outrage over a presidential candidate "taking a knee" during the national anthem is based on a false claim.

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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