The 2020 Election Collection: Claims About Joe Biden

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With more than 30 years in politics, the Democratic presidential nominee has been the subject of numerous hoaxes and rumors.

  • Published 25 September 2020
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After decades as a U.S. senator and eight years as vice president, Joe Biden has been the subject of many rumors and disinformation campaigns, which went into overdrive during his 2020 presidential campaign. We’ve collected Snopes fact checks about Biden, his background, and his record here.

About That ‘Biden Tax Plan’ Meme Never rely on memes alone for an understanding of proposed tax policies.
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The Republican Senate Report on Hunter Biden, Explained The allegations against Joe Biden's son are complicated, but the report is also flawed in...
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Did Biden Disparage Troops as ‘Stupid Bastards’? An offhanded remark during a 2016 speech was "made in jest," according to the Biden...
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Did Biden Call Trump Supporters the ‘Dregs of Society’? The Trump campaign seemed keen to recreate Hillary Clinton's infamous "deplorables" moment, but what did...
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Did Biden Make This Statement About Democracy During a Pandemic? "We can both have a democracy and elections and at the same time protect the...
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Biden ‘Secret Earpiece’ Rumor Sounds a Lot Like False Claims Made About Clinton in 2016 Snopes cannot predict the future, but we can recognize false claims we have debunked in...
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Does This Photo Show Biden Kissing a 15-Year-Old Girl? A photograph of Joe Biden kissing his granddaughter on the lips during an Iowa rally...
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Did Joe Biden Ask a Reporter, ‘Are You a Junkie’? The question was in response to a journalist's query about Biden's cognitive fitness for office.
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Did Biden Call for an ‘End to Shareholder Capitalism’? Fear-mongering Facebook memes misrepresented the position articulated by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee in a...
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Did Biden Say Taxpayers Must Fund Health Care for ‘Illegal Immigrants’? Another Biden quote was misrepresented by U.S. President Donald Trump and the internet.
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Did Joe Biden Say He’s ‘Going to Beat Joe Biden’? In political punditry, why go with a straightforward explanation when a nonsensical one will do?
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Did Biden Promise ‘Fewer Fires, Floods, and Hurricanes’ If Elected? In a September 2020 address, Biden called Trump a “climate arsonist” and “climate denier.”
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Did Joe Biden Say He Didn’t Want His Kids Growing Up in a ‘Racial Jungle’? The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate's history with busing has haunted him on the campaign trail.
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Did Joe Biden Say 150 Million Americans Have Been Killed By Guns Since ’07? For perspective, the United States has roughly 330 million residents.
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Did Biden Say Poor Kids Are ‘Just as Talented as White Kids’? An example of what candidates should avoid, especially if their record on race has already...
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Was Joe Biden Arrested in South Africa in the 1970s? The former vice president has repeatedly claimed to have been arrested while attempting to visit...
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Did Biden’s Campaign Demand an American Flag Be Removed from a Library? Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 presidential campaign was the target of a common...
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Has Biden Never Owned Stocks, Bonds, or a Savings Account? First elected to office at age 29, Joe Biden had consistently been ranked one of...
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Does This Photo Show Biden Posing Inappropriately with a Young Girl? Ashley Biden introduced her father at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
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Did Antifa.com Redirect to Biden’s Official Campaign Website? If it was a prank, it wouldn't be the first time the politician has been...
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Does Joe Biden Own an Island in the Caribbean? Several details got distorted as this rumor spread online.
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Did Biden Staffers Contribute to a Protester-Bailout Fund? Following the arrests of anti-police-brutality protesters, a bailout assistance organization received more than $20 million...
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No, Joe Biden Didn’t Introduce Man in Blackface at 1985 Fundraiser A racially charged rumor involved an edited video featuring a Black singer.
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Did Biden Say 120 Million People Had Died from COVID-19? A gaffe took on new life in the hands of Republicans and right-wing media.
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Did Joe Biden’s Great-Grandfather Own Slaves? Rumors began to circulate in June 2020 that the Democratic U.S. presidential candidate's great-grandfather owned...
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Did a Catholic Priest Refuse to Give Joe Biden Communion? The Rev. Robert Morey sparked controversy in October 2019 when he said he had denied...
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Does Joe Biden Support ‘Defunding’ Police? U.S. President Donald Trump has made the claim about his political opponent on numerous occasions.
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Is This a Photograph of Biden with Tara Reade? Tara Reade, who worked as an assistant helping manage interns for Biden's Senate office in...
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Did Mitt Romney Endorse Joe Biden? A routine review of content labeled satire.
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Does Biden Support the Green New Deal? Presidential hopeful Joe Biden's position on climate change became a hot topic on the first...
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Despite Deceptive Video, Biden Spoke About Violence Against Women, Not White Nationalism A 19-second clip was shared widely in the first week of 2020. Its promoters said...
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Court Filing: DNA Test Says Hunter Biden Fathered Child With Arkansas Woman In October 2019, Biden denied being the father.
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Did Joe Biden Lie About a Drunken Driver’s Killing His Wife? A few weeks after Biden was first elected to the U.S. Senate, his wife and...
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Is This ‘Biden Muslim Ad’ Real? Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has appealed to several faith groups.
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Did Biden Say Americans Could Stay Home During Pandemic Because ‘Some Black Woman’ Stocked Grocery Shelves? A 10-second-clip from a 90-minute event was missing some context.
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Was Hunter Biden Dishonorably Discharged from the Navy? Many people are under the mistaken impression that military discharges come in one of two...
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Did Biden Claim 6,114 Military COVID-19 Deaths When There Were 7? During a September 2020 address, U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden stumbled over figures related...
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No, Biden Didn’t Wear a ‘Wire’ or ‘Smart’ Contact Lenses During 1st Debate Conspiracy theories about high-tech devices rocketed across social media after the first presidential debate of...
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Has Biden Failed to Condemn Antifa? "The problem is on the Left. And Biden refuses to talk about it," President Trump...
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Is Pic of Joe Biden on a Plane Without a Mask in 2020 Real? A genuine photograph was circulated with a disingenuous claim.
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Did Joe Biden Mistake Tampa for Minnesota? An altered video circulated widely on social media appeared to show Biden making an embarrassing...
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Did Hunter Biden ‘Flip’ and Turn Himself in to the FBI? A viral image read: "If [Biden] withdraws from the race and forfeits all funds in...
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Did Joe Biden Say ‘America Is Dead’? The Democratic presidential candidate referenced the number of Americans who have died from COVID-19, not...
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Will Jill Biden Make All Americans Learn Spanish if Joe Biden is Elected President? A routine review of content labeled satire.
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The 2020 Election Collection: Fact-Checking the Presidential Race Claims, hoaxes, and misinformation abound. Snopes investigates the claims of the 2020 U.S. Election.
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