In October 2021, an unfounded rumor was circulated on social media that U.S. President Joe Biden had pooped his pants during a trip to the Vatican. While this rumor was made up out of whole cloth, it gained traction on social media, where it trended with hashtags such as #poopgate.
A few days later, a video that supposedly captured audio of the president farting during a town hall was circulated online.
The audio of a fart in this video is not genuine. This audio was added to make it seem as though Biden farted during a town hall.
This clip was taken from a CNN town hall on Oct. 22. The moment shown in the above-displayed clip can be seen (without the fabricated fart noise) at around the 42-minute mark of the following video.
Host Anderson Cooper was asking Biden about inflation during this segment. Here's a transcript of the this exchange:
MR. COOPER: Let me — let me ask you about that, just in terms of inflation, because you had told us at a town hall, I think it was in July, that the — it was just near-term inflation. The Wall Street Journal recently talked to like 67 financial experts who said that they saw high inflation going all the way — or deep into 2022. Do you think it’s going to last for a while?
THE PRESIDENT: I — I don’t think so. I don’t think it will last if — depending what we do. If we stay exactly where we are, yes. If we don’t make these investments, yes.
MR. COOPER: What about gas prices? Because some states —
THE PRESIDENT: Gas pri- —
MR. COOPER: — are seeing —
THE PRESIDENT: Gas prices relate to a foreign policy initiative that is about something that goes beyond the cost of gas. And we’re about $3.30 a gallon most places now, when it’s up from — when it was down in the single digits. I mean — single di- — a dollar-plus. And — and that’s because of the supply being withheld by OPEC.
And so, there’s a lot of negotiation that is — there — there’s a lot of Middle Eastern folks who want to talk to me.