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Did Joe Biden Drop Out of the US Presidential Race and Then Endorse Himself?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

Published March 11, 2020

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A confused U.S. Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden dropped out of the race and then endorsed himself.

On March 4, 2020, The Hard Times website published an article positing that 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden became "confused," dropped out of the race, and then endorsed himself:

Confused Biden Announces He Is Dropping Out Of Race, Endorses Joe Biden

LOS ANGELES — A confused Vice President Joe Biden announced he is dropping out of the democratic primary contest today, throwing his weight behind moderate front runner Joe Biden, following a strong Super Tuesday showing.

“This election is too important for us to remain a divided field, which is why I’m so proud to announce today I am ending my presidential campaign and endorsing Joe Biden for the first president of the United States,” Biden said to a crowd of supporters smiling and nodding along awkwardly. “Because no one messes with Joe! Now I just have one question for all of you: let’s keep rolling forward.”

This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The article originated with a website that describes its output as being humorous or satirical in nature, as follows:

The Hard Times is a very real punk news site that you should not question. Just absorb the information as truth and move on. The historic satire site was founded in December 1976. It’s made by a group of punk and hardcore kids from all the different sub-genres of the DIY hardcore scene. Any resemblance to actual persons or band names is coincidental.

For background, here is why we sometimes write about satire/humor.

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