Fact Check

Biden Did Not Wear His Pants Backwards in Puerto Rico

TikTok users pushed a rumor about U.S. President Joe Biden supposedly putting his pants on backwards, but the photographic evidence proves otherwise.

Published Oct 12, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 3: U.S. President Joe Biden salutes before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House October 3, 2022 in Washington, DC. President Biden is traveling to Puerto Rico on Monday, where he will outline a $60 million plan to help the island recover from Hurricane Fiona. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Claim:
A video shows that U.S. President Joe Biden put his pants on backwards for an October 2022 trip to survey storm damage in Puerto Rico.

In early October 2022, TikTok users promoted a new rumor that said U.S. President Joe Biden was filmed with his pants on backwards. However, this rumor is not true.

Back in June 2021, former U.S. President Donald Trump was also once targeted with a rumor that he wore his pants backwards. That claim is also false.

'Pocket Is Backwards'

The videos showed a blurry, zoomed image of supposed backwards pockets as purported evidence.

A TikTok video does not show that US President Joe Biden put his pants on backwards for an October 2022 trip to survey storm damage in Puerto Rico.
“Pocket is backwards” were the words used in several TikTok videos.

The footage shown in the videos was captured in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 3, 2022. Biden and the first lady, Jill Biden, were visiting the U.S. territory to survey storm damage from Hurricane Fiona.

Photographs Disprove Rumor

This rumor that Biden wore his pants backwards was shown to be false thanks to several photographs captured by The Associated Press. Further, photos of the event posted by the White House added to the evidence that this claim isn't true.

First, the fly of Biden's pants is clearly visible in this photo from The White House, meaning that the pants were put on properly:

Further, an image from AP photographer Evan Vucci showed Biden with his right hand in the same pants pocket that the TikTok videos claimed was backwards. Other pictures also showed the line for Biden's pants fly on his front side, thanks to AP photographers Gemunu Amarasinghe and Andrew Harnik.

In sum, no, Biden did not wear his pants backwards in Puerto Rico. It would not surprise us if the next president is also targeted by this same online rumor.

Sources:

Amarasinghe, Gemunu, et al. “AP Images.” The Associated Press, https://www.apimages.com/.

Biden to Puerto Rico: “I’m Committed to This Island.” The Associated Press, 2022, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cOJ7Qlm1IU.

Kim, Seung Min, et al. “Biden Tells Puerto Ricans He’s ‘Committed to This Island.’” The Associated Press, 3 Oct. 2022, https://apnews.com/article/hurricanes-floods-biden-government-and-politics-caribbean-17d745e30b022fdf5b41c93ab55fa751.

Jordan Liles is a Snopes reporter with expertise in investigating misinformation, inauthentic social media activity, and scams.

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