Fact Check: Biden and Friends Did NOT Party and Sing 'Happy Birthday' Without Social Distancing In 2020

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  • by: Sarah Thompson
Fact Check: Biden and Friends Did NOT Party and Sing 'Happy Birthday' Without Social Distancing In 2020 2019 Birthday

Did Joe Biden have a big birthday party on Friday, November 20, 2020, where friends gathered close and sang "Happy Birthday" to him without masks? No, that's not true: The video purportedly showing the maskless celebration happened on November 20, 2019, long before COVID-19 had become a concern.

The claim appeared in an article published by conservativetoday.org on November 21, 2020 titled "BREAKING: Biden and Friends Busted Partying and Singing Without Masks or Social Distancing at Joe's Elite Birthday Bash [VIDEO]" (archived here) which opened:

You're not allowed to have Thanksgiving with a few of your family members, but Joe Biden and his hundreds of pals can all get together, mask-free, and party like it's 1999.

That's exactly what occurred for Dementia Joe's big "Birthday Bash."

It was a rollicking event, complete with singers, no masks, and absolutely no social distancing whatsoever.

Why, if you looked at this video and didn't know better, you'd think there was absolutely no "COVID pandemic" at all.

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail:

BREAKING: Biden and Friends Busted Partying and Singing Without Masks or Social Distancing at Joe's Elite Birthday Bash [VIDEO]

This party took place at the Tyler Perry Film Studio in Atlanta after the MSNBC/Washington Post Democratic Debate which just happened to fall on Joe Biden's 77th birthday. The woman who led the singing of Stevie Wonder's, "Happy Birthday To Ya," is Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Mayor Bottoms tweeted a short video with a Birthday wish to President-Elect Joe Biden on November 20, 2020 at 11:37 AM.

Wishing our President-Elect @joebiden a VERY Happy Birthday from the great Blue state of Joe'gia!

Several minutes later, at 11:49, she retweeted her previous tweet (archived here) with the added context:

Pre-Covid! This was in the @TPStudios White House following the @DNC @msnbc debate on 11/20/19.

Pre-Covid! This was in the @TPStudios White House following the @DNC @msnbc debate on 11/20/19. https://t.co/7IVxsirx2J

-- Keisha Lance Bottoms (@KeishaBottoms) November 20, 2020

On November 20, 2020 the Twitter account of President-Elect Joe Biden tweeted a photograph (archived here) of a meeting which appears to have adhered to social distancing and everyone pictured was wearing a mask in the photo:

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  Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson lives with her family and pets on a small farm in Southeastern Indiana. She founded a Facebook page and a blog called “Exploiting the Niche” in 2017 to help others learn about manipulative tactics and avoid scams on social media. Since then she has collaborated with journalists in the USA, Canada and Australia and since December 2019 she works as a Social Media Authenticity Analyst at Lead Stories.


 

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