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Did Trump Post a Video with Biden Logo on a Coffin?

A video posted to U.S. President Donald Trump's Facebook page drew instant criticism.

Published May 29, 2020

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Claim:
A video posted to U.S. President Donald Trump's Facebook page showed Joe Biden's campaign logo superimposed on a coffin.

In late May 2020, readers asked Snopes to verify whether U.S. President Donald Trump's Facebook page had shared a video showing the logo of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's 2020 campaign superimposed on a coffin, implying that either Biden was (figuratively) inside the coffin or his campaign was dead.

No caption was included with the video, leaving interpretation up to the viewer.

The queries from readers came the same week Trump and the official White House Twitter account were flagged by Twitter for posting tweets that violated the platform's rules against "glorifying violence."

It's true that on May 26, the Donald J. Trump Facebook page did post such a video. The video features a troupe of Ghanian pallbearers who have gone viral for performing exuberant dance routines while carrying coffins at funerals.

The video posted to Trump's Facebook page shows Biden stating, "If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't Black." It then shows the dancing pallbearers video with Biden's campaign logo superimposed on the coffin.

Biden stirred controversy for making that remark during an interview with Charlamagne tha God on "The Breakfast Club" radio show. He later apologized.

Because this video was posted to Trump's verified Facebook page, we rate the claim "True."

Sources

The Week. "Trump Shares Disturbing Meme of Biden's Campaign in a Coffin."   26 May 2020.

Greve, Joan E. and Joanna Walters. "Biden Apologizes for Saying Voters Who Back Trump 'Ain't Black.'"   The Guardian. 22 May 2020.

Alba, Davey, et al. "Twitter Adds Warnings to Trump and White House Tweets, Fueling Tensions."   The New York Times. 29 May 2020.

Bethania Palma is a journalist from the Los Angeles area who started her career as a daily newspaper reporter and has covered everything from crime to government to national politics. She has written for ... read more

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