Fact Check: Elon Musk Did NOT Tweet 'I Tried To Buy The Bidens, But The Chinese Wouldn't Sell Them'

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  • by: Kaiyah Clarke
Fact Check: Elon Musk Did NOT Tweet 'I Tried To Buy The Bidens, But The Chinese Wouldn't Sell Them' Fact Check: Elon Musk Did NOT Tweet 'I Tried To Buy The Bidens, But The Chinese Wouldn't Sell Them' No Proof

Did entrepreneur Elon Musk announce that he tried to "buy the Bidens, but the Chinese wouldn't sell them"? No, that's not true: There is no publicly available evidence to suggest that Musk said or tweeted such a statement. The "tweet" in this post is fake.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post on April 28, 2022. It has an image of what seems to be a tweet attributed to Elon Musk. It reads:

I tried to buy the Bidens, but the Chinese wouldn't sell them

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

Elon Musk buy bidens screenshot.png

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Wed May 4 18:01:04 2022 UTC)

The "tweet" was most likely created via an application like Photoshop, as it does not include a timestamp or date as all official tweets do.

A Twitter search using keywords, "I tried to buy the bidens (from: elon musk)," and an archive search of Musk's tweets on his verified Twitter account revealed no results that substantiated that he published a tweet like this on or around April 28, 2022, or since then.

A Google search using keywords, "Elon Musk 'I tried buying the bidens,'" also produced no results that confirm that he ever announced this, as it would be a significant news event if he did make such a statement.

Lead Stories reached out to the Twitter platform and other companies already owned by Musk concerning the validity of this claim and will update this story if a response is received.

Lead Stories has written about other claims involving Musk and fake tweets, you can see those stories here and here.

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  Kaiyah Clarke

Kaiyah Clarke is a fact-checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Journalism. When she is not fact-checking or researching counter-narratives in society, she is often found reading a book on the New York Times Bestseller List.

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