Fact Check: Donald Trump Did NOT Say, 'Poor Kids Are Just As Bright And Talented As White Kids'

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  • by: Olivera Perkins
Fact Check: Donald Trump Did NOT Say, 'Poor Kids Are Just As Bright And Talented As White Kids' Biden Said It

Did former President Donald Trump say, "Poor Kids are just as bright and talented as White kids"? No, that's not true:Then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made the comment in 2019 while campaigning in Iowa.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) published February 2, 2021, which opened:


"Poor kids

are just as

bright and

talented as

white kids."

--Donald Trump

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

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Feb 5 18:25:09 2021 UTC)

A 21-second tape titled "Poor Kids' Just as Bright as 'White kids, Biden Says" is embedded in the post of an August 9, 2019 New York Times article about Biden's comments. Biden made the comments during a town hall hosted by the Asian & Latino Coalition in Des Moines, the article says. In the tape Biden says:

We should challenge these students. We should challenge students in these schools to have Advanced Placement programs in these schools. We have this notion that if somehow you are poor you cannot do it. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids. [There is scattered applause. Biden pauses briefly before resuming his speech.] Wealthy kids, Black kids, Asian kids. No, I really mean it. But think how we think about it.

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  Olivera Perkins

Olivera Perkins is a veteran journalist and fact checker at Lead Stories, who has covered a variety of beats, including labor, employment and workforce issues for several years at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. Olivera has received state and national awards for her coverage, including those from the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW). She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

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