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Are These Real Jen Psaki Tweets About Trump After Biden's Bike Fall?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

Published Jun 20, 2022

Press Secretary Jen Psaki takes questions during a press briefing, Wednesday January 5, 2022, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith). (The White House/Wikimedia Commons)
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Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made a series of tweets about President Joe Biden’s fall from a bicycle by making fun of former President Donald Trump, including saying “the last guy needed kneepads for visiting the Kremlin.” 

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In mid-June 2022, a series of tweet screenshots allegedly from former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki went viral, in which she made fun of former U.S. President Donald Trump after current President Joe Biden fell off his bicycle.

Biden was biking in Delaware with the first lady, Jill Biden, on June 18. He fell while trying to dismount from the bicycle, but was uninjured.

Commenting on the fall, the Twitter account attributed to Psaki appeared to explain the concept of a bike to Trump, saying it is something you ride “when you have the physical strength to lift your own knees.” The account also said, “President Biden might need kneepads for riding his bike, but the last guy needed kneepads for visiting the Kremlin.” 

These tweets are not genuine comments from Psaki. They originated from an account that labeled the story as a “parody.” Psaki herself tweeted that she was not behind these screenshots, saying, “This is not approved by me on any level. (And there have been a number of these in the last few weeks) Anything with 'Parody..' in it means it is someone tweeting with an image and twitter account that looks like me and is not.”

The same account @FaithRubPol had been tweeting jokes about Trump and attributing it to Psaki for a while:

The Twitter bio also reads, “Most of our images and Spaces are satire.” The account also retweeted Psaki's statement and tweeted an explanation about the account's work and origins:


“Biden Falls While Getting off His Bike after a Beach Ride.” NPR, 18 June 2022. NPR, https://www.npr.org/2022/06/18/1106057751/biden-falls-getting-off-bike. Accessed 20 June 2022.

Psaki, Jen. Twitter, 19 June 2022. https://twitter.com/jrpsaki/status/1538515839888109569. Accessed 20 June 2022.

Nur Nasreen Ibrahim is a reporter with experience working in television, international news coverage, fact checking, and creative writing.

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