Politics Fact check: Video of Biden discussing Jesus, the American Revolution and airports is missing context
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The claim: Biden said Jesus's biggest problem during the Revolutionary War was not having enough airports
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“The same stable Jesus said that the biggest problem we had in the revolutionary war, is we didn’t have enough airports,”the text in a viral video of Biden speaking.
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User @one2many8673to TikTok on May 25. By May 30, the video had more than 5.8 million views on the platform. It has since spread elsewhere on social media.
A May 26 Instagram post, “Is this even English???”.
But the line attributed to Biden is both misquoted and misleading. The full context behind the statement shows Biden was in fact referencing prior gaffes from now-former President Donald Trump, not making his own.
The Instagram account that shared the video did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment. The original TikTok account could not be messaged.
Biden’s full speech shows he was referencing Trump’s words
The clip comes from Biden’s Oct. 29 campaign speech at a drive-in rally in Tampa, Florida.and of that speech reveal then-candidate Biden was discussing Trump’s past statements.
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Here's the full context:
“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. Whoa. Man, I tell you, what. His answer to families in Puerto Rico, struggling through Hurricane Maria was, what would he do? Toss rolls of paper towels at them. He doesn’t have any real answers.”
After making the statement about the Revolutionary War, Biden blessed himself and sighed.
Biden is referencing several different Trump statements that drew widespread derision.
July 2019: Trump says troops shut down airports during the Revolutionary War
In 2019, Trumpafter he said American troops in the Revolutionary War “ ” during his July 4 speech at the Lincoln Memorial.
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“Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rocket’s red glare it had nothing but victory," he said. "And when dawn came, their star-spangled banner waved defiant.”
This comment garnered criticism as the Revolutionary Warand planes . Powered aircrafts .
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Biden's comment about using nuclear bombs to fight hurricanes refers to.
Axioson Aug. 25, 2019, that Trump had repeatedly asked senior Homeland Security officials if they could drop nuclear bombs into the eyes of incoming hurricanes before they hit the east coast.
nuclear weaponry is not a feasible solution for extreme weather.
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In response to the reports, Trump“ridiculous” and “more FAKE NEWS.”
Trump repeatedly called himself 'stable genius'
The post misquotes Biden to say “stable Jesus,” when he actually said “stable genius” in reference to Trump’s past remarks about himself.
Throughout his presidency, TrumpThe first instance was in January 2018 after Michael Wolff’s book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” raised the question whether he was mentally unfit for office.
Our rating: Missing context
We rate MISSING CONTEXT the claim that Biden said, “The same stable Jesus said that the biggest problem we had in the revolutionary war, is we didn’t have enough airports,” because without additional information it is misleading. Video and transcripts from Biden’s full speech show he was criticizing comments Trump made in 2019. And Biden did not say “stable Jesus.” He said“stable genius” in reference to a label Trump had repeatedly applied to himself.
Our fact-check sources:
- USA TODAY, May 6,
- C-SPAN, Oct. 29, 2020,
- Rev, Oct. 29, 2020,
- Time Magazine, July 5, 2019,
- USA TODAY, July 4, 2019,
- Britannica, accessed May 30,
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- USA TODAY, Aug. 26, 2019,
- Axios, Aug. 25, 2019,
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