Fact Check: British Did NOT Chant 'F*** Joe Biden' When His Limo Got Stuck In London Traffic On Way To Queen's Funeral

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  • by: Ed Payne
Fact Check: British Did NOT Chant 'F*** Joe Biden' When His Limo Got Stuck In London Traffic On Way To Queen's Funeral Altered Audio

Did a crowd in central London chant "F*** Joe Biden" when the U.S. president's motorcade got stuck in traffic on the way to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II? No, that's not true: The original video from September 19, 2022, the day of the funeral, was overdubbed with audio from another place and time.

The claim appeared in a TikTok video (archived here) published on September 20, 2022 under the title "Even the British? #britain #joe #joebiden #biden #president #queen #queenelizabeth #london #uk #democrat #republican #liberal #motorcade #wow #LikeAMonarch."

It opened with text on screen saying:

Even the British are chanting F*** Joe Biden?

This is what the video looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:


(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Wed Sep 21 14:59:49 2022 UTC)

"Let's Go, Brandon"

The TikTok video with altered audio does not include "F***Joe Biden," but it does feature the anti-Biden chant "Let's Go, Brandon."

That chant became synonymous with "F*** Joe Biden" after NBC reporter Kellie Stavast's interview with NASCAR driver Brandon Brown at the Talladega Motor Speedway in October of 2021. During the segment, Stavast told Brown the crowd was chanting "Let's go, Brandon," when it was actually saying "F*** Joe Biden." "Let's Go, Brandon," quickly became a double-meaning catchphrase for many conservatives who are critical of the president.

Original video

The original video (archived here) of the presidential limousine slowing in traffic was posted on September 19, 2022 on Twitter by Joe Armitage, a U.K. political analyst and associate director at Global Counsel. The Armitage video includes a shout or two when a few people in the crowd recognize Biden, but no chanting as police escort the U.S. president's limousine through London's streets:

Biden's traffic misfortune was widely reported at the time.

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  Ed Payne

Ed Payne is a staff writer at Lead Stories. He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist as part of CNN’s coverage of 9/11. Ed worked at CNN for nearly 24 years with the CNN Radio Network and CNN Digital. Most recently, he was a Digital Senior Producer for Gray Television’s Digital Content Center, the company’s digital news hub for 100+ TV stations. Ed also worked as a writer and editor for WebMD. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, Ed is the author of two children’s book series: “The Daily Rounds of a Hound” and “Vail’s Tales.” 

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