Fact Check: Biden Is NOT Seriously Blaming Elton John For 'Spending Taxpayer Money To Fight AIDS' In This Clip -- It's A Joke

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  • by: Kaiyah Clarke
Fact Check: Biden Is NOT Seriously Blaming Elton John For 'Spending Taxpayer Money To Fight AIDS' In This Clip -- It's A Joke Praise≠Insult

Did President Joe Biden blame Elton John for the U.S. spending taxpayer money to "fight AIDS"? No, that's not true: There is missing context to this video. A transcript of this event shows that Biden is praising John. Both the audience and John applaud Biden's sentiments.

The claim appeared on Instagram on January 1, 2023. The caption read:

Flashback to one of the most insulting moments of 2022.

The text, above and below a video displaying first lady Jill Biden, Sir Elton John and Biden, reads:


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

Joe Biden:Elton John Spending Video Image.png

(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Tue Jan 3 18:22:09 2023 UTC)

The claim implied that Biden was insulting John in stating it was John's fault that $6 billion of taxpayer money were being spent to fight AIDS. While the audio does match the text in the video, a longer version of this clip shows Biden was praising John.

Applause and praise are seen and heard in the September 24, 2022, YouTube video published by C-SPAN.

The Elton John AIDS Foundation also acknowledged the event as an honor in its September 26, 2022, press release.

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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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