This viral video of Biden mistaking Florida for Minnesota is actually fake

Joanna Taylor
Tuesday 03 November 2020 16:00
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No, Joe Biden didn't greet voters at a rally in Florida by saying "hello, Minnesota". Despite what a doctored and widely-shared video clip wants you to think.

The video, which has now been removed from YouTube and Twitter, showed Biden making the remark in front of signs that read "Tampa, Florida" and "Text FL to 30330". But he didn't actually misspeak.

The video was shot at a rally in Minnesota and edited to play into Trump's "Sleepy Joe" portrayal of his presidential rival.

Before removing the video, Twitter flagged it as "manipulated media". But not until it had been viewed more than a million times in 24 hours, according to CNN.

Versions of the video also surfaced on YouTube and right-wing social media platform Parler.

In the lead-up to the election, Republicans have shared numerous misleading video clips.

Last week, Trump shared a clip in which Biden appeared to confuse him with George W. Bush.

But Biden actually referred to 'George' in the clip because he was being interviewed by George Lopez. Obviously, the president left that part out.

Other fake clips have racked up millions of views on social media.

American conservatives have been working over time to make Biden appear "sleepy" and confused.

Repeatedly attacking the presidential candidate for his age is an odd strategy from someone just three years his junior.

But his willingness to spread lies and disinformation is, sadly, unsurprising.

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