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Video shows Biden remarking on Trump’s comments

May 27, 2021 GMT

CLAIM: Video shows President Joe Biden saying, “The biggest problem we had in the Revolutionary War, is we didn’t have enough airports.”

AP’S ASSESSMENT: Missing context. The video segment from a campaign rally in Tampa, Florida, last October shows Biden referencing former President Donald Trump’s comments.

THE FACTS: By Thursday afternoon, the TikTok clip taking Biden’s comments from the 2020 campaign rally out of context had 5.4 million views.

The TikTok video omitted details showing that Biden was discussing Trump’s comments, and featured a flawed transcription that inserted “Jesus” where Biden said “genius.”

“The same stable Jesus said that the biggest problem we had in the Revolutionary War, is we didn’t have enough airports,” read the transcription that confused the words.

Social media users shared the video to make the president appear confused.

“Biden at it again!” stated the TikTok video with nearly 800,000 likes.

“Is this even English?” wrote an Instagram user who shared the video. Similar posts also circulated on Twitter.

The misrepresented video segment is from a campaign stop where Biden, the Democratic nominee for president, criticized Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the speech, Biden said: “Donald Trump when he thinks of climate change, he says hoax. Well, guess what? Speaking of hoaxes, remember what he said about these increasing violent hurricanes and the frequency? He actually said, maybe we should detonate a nuclear bomb over the Atlantic. By the way, the same stable genius who said the biggest problem we had in the Revolutionary War is we didn’t have enough airports.”

According to AP reporting, during a July 5, 2019, speech commemorating the Fourth of July, Trump mixed up wars and centuries, shifting from the War of Independence to modern times and back to the War of 1812, saying George Washington’s forces seized airports, way before airports existed.

“The Continental Army suffered a bitter winter of Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of the Delaware and seized victory from Cornwallis of Yorktown. Our army manned the air (unintelligible), it rammed the ramparts. It took over the airports. It did everything it had to do. And at Fort McHenry, under the rockets’ red glare, it had nothing but victory. And when dawn came, their star-spangled banner waved defiant,” Trump said in the speech.

Trump later said this was not his belief, blaming the historical blunder on the teleprompter. “The teleprompter went out,” Trump said at the time. “Right in the middle of that sentence it went out.”

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