Fact Check: Biden DID Say That He Was Not President -- But He Said It As A Candidate Months Before He Was Elected

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: Biden DID Say That He Was Not President -- But He Said It As A Candidate Months Before He Was Elected Not Prez Yet

Did Joe Biden say that he was not the president? Yes, but he said it before he was elected president: During a campaign rally in March 2020, Biden, who was responding to hecklers, said that he was not the president at the time, which was true because the incumbent was then-President Donald Trump.

The claim appeared in a manipulated video (archived here) posted to the website of conspiracy theorist Simon Parkes. The video is titled:

Did Joe Biden Really Say He's Not The President?

The description of the video read "F**k Joe Biden, unprecedented reaction from the Audience... Did Joe Biden really say he's not the President?"

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

Did Joe Biden Really Say He's Not The President?

F**k Joe Biden, unprecedented reaction from the Audience... Did Joe Biden really say he's not the President?

The video was manipulated to support the claim presented in the title. Biden's face and his audio along with the background footage are from the aforementioned campaign rally held in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 7, 2020, eight months before the 2020 presidential election. In the actual footage -- which, unlike the altered video, did not include anyone chanting expletives at Biden -- Biden responded to inaudible interruptions by three hecklers here starting at the 32:48-mark:

If you listen, I'll tell ya. If you listen, I'll tell ya. Under my -- just tell her be quiet just a second. This is not a Trump rally, OK?

After the crowd cheered following Biden's Trump rally quip, he continued:

You have reason to be upset, would you listen, will you listen? Would you be willing the three of you to talk to me after this is over because I'm gonna make sure you're not the victim when I'm president of the United States of America. You can't be. I can't do anything now, I'm not the president.

The origin of the altered video's audio of a crowd shouting expletives at Biden is more ambiguous. There are several instances of such behavior, including at sporting and music events.

In the manipulated video, Biden's podium was also clearly altered to display his name on top of a bloody handprint, which was not his campaign logo. On the day of the rally, the podium displayed Missouri for Biden information, which is shown in the screenshot from actual footage of the rally included below:

biden at podium sign.PNG

(Source: Facebook video screenshot taken on Mon Oct 11 15:41:36 2021 UTC)

Biden's campaign-wide logo is featured here.

Lead Stories previously debunked another claim about Biden's Kansas City campaign rally that used edited footage to suggest that Biden endorsed the Republican incumbent Trump.

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  Christiana Dillard

Christiana Dillard is a former news writer for Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a freelance writer for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pitt Magazine, and The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not producing or studying media she’s binging it, watching YouTube videos or any interesting series she can find on streaming services.

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