Did "President Trump" return in a blaze of glory on Air Force One? Is the military preparing to oust Joe Biden? No, that's not true: A video purporting to show Trump's triumphant return in April 2021 is old. The footage is actually from December 2020. There is also no evidence that the military is preparing to oust President Biden.
Claims of those events rely on a baseless conspiracy theory that alleges Trump is the real president and that Biden is being shown via photo editing in presidential spaces, such as the White House and Air Force One. Photographic evidence shows that's not the case.
The claim appeared as part of a video post (archived here) on BitChute on April 21, 2021. The post, which was titled "PRESIDENT TRUMP RETURNS IN A BLAZE OF GLORY ON AIR FORCE 1 - MILITARY PREPARING TO OUST BIDEN," opened:
President Trump returned on Air Force 1 this week in the secrecy of night. All will be revealed to the world very soon.
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Delta Force is the Elite branch of the army which has been protecting President Donald Trump over the past few months at the new White House Mar a Lago in Florida. While the White House in Washington is slated either for demolition or turned into a...
The post included video of Trump and his wife, Melania, as they exited what looked to be Air Force One. The post claimed that the footage was from April 2021 and left viewers with the impression that they had landed in or near Washington, D.C., "in the secrecy of night." That's not correct.
Lead Stories found the original footage, which is dated December 2020. It shows the Trumps arriving at Florida's Palm Beach International Airport for what was the final Christmas of Trump's presidency. You can watch the video here:
Although the video posted on BitChute is blurry, it's clear it's the same as the December 2020 one. Melania Trump holds the door as she exits the aircraft; she grasps the railing and moves her hair away from her face at the same times in both videos; the security personnel are identical.
The post continued:
While the White House in Washington is slated either for demolition or turned into a Museum, things are unclear at this point. The only thing that is clear is that the White House is permanently closed and dark. The fake President Joe Biden has been conducting his press conferences between Castle Rock Studios in L.A. and Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.
IT'S ALMOST OVER FOLKS
A man in the video said at three minutes, 16 seconds that Biden has not been on Air Force One, nor inside the "real White House." He claimed at two minutes, 52 seconds:
President Trump is back and recognized as the president of the United States, the clear winner of the 2020 election.
That's also not correct. In addition to winning the Electoral College vote, which Congress certified, Biden won the popular vote, receiving 81,284,666 votes to Trump's 74,224,319, according to the certified results provided by election offices from Republican and Democratic states.
The claim that Biden is not the real president is part of a baseless conspiracy theory that alleges Trump is still in charge. Under this belief system, Biden is being photo edited into presidential spaces, such as the White House and Air Force One.
Photographic evidence shows that's not the case. Biden has flown on Air Force One multiple times since getting elected, per official records from the White House and arrival photos. He also conducts work from the White House, as can be seen here. The idea that all this has somehow been faked or staged is an extraordinary allegation that would require extraordinary proof, of which there is none, and the cooperation of and secrecy by hundreds, if not thousands, of people.
Lead Stories has previously covered the claims that Biden has not flown on Air Force One and that videos show he films in studios made to look like the White House. (He has flown on Air Force One, and the videos prove nothing.)