The Trump campaign posted the video on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – where it raised millions of visitors. None of the companies are taking action against the video. By Wednesday morning, the video had received nearly 2 million views and had been retweeted at least 9,700 times.
The president is also playing the video at his rallies across the country this week to claim Biden is spiritually unfit for office.
Trump’s team has repeatedly posted misleading videos to support this point. Some were processed selectively. Others are just wrong.
And this week the campaign is promoting a clip that looks like Biden is going to run against George Bush, not Trump.
The videos seem to be gaining traction among Trump supporters.
Similarly, ahead of a Trump event in West Salem, Wisconsin, a woman interviewed by CNN said Tuesday that Biden was unable to rule the country due to his mental abilities. “He forgets where he is, he forgets who he’s running against, he forgets what he’s running for,” she said.
When asked when Biden forgot who he was running against, she quoted the misleading clip the Trump campaign posted throughout the week to show the former Vice President that he was running against Bush.
Here are the details of the video:
The full interview was part of an “I Will Vote” virtual concert hosted by comedians George Lopez and CNN political commentator Ana Navarro. The 27-second single video, which was widely shared on social media, failed to contextualize Biden’s answer to Lopez’s question, creating the impression that Biden had mistaken Trump for George W. Bush.
The concert started at 8 p.m. ET. About 12 minutes into the event, Lopez asked Biden, “If someone is undecided, or perhaps thinking about not voting, why should they vote and why should they vote for you?”
Biden replied, “Well, first of all they should vote because there’s a lot on the ballot this year. I mean, that’s the consequence – not because I’m running, but because I’m running against who.” This is the most consistent choice in a long, long, long time. And I think the character of the country is literally on the ballot. What kind of country will we be. ”
The excerpt in question is what came after:
“Four more years of George, uh, George, uh, he, uh, we’ll be in a position where we’ll be in another world when Trump is elected.”
At 9:01 p.m. ET, about 45 minutes after the interview, @TrumpWarRoom tweeted the suggestive clip, headed, “Joe Biden says he’s up against ‘Four more years of George, uh, George, uh.” “”
The video sent by the Trump campaign does not inform viewers that Biden answered a question from George Lopez.
CNN’s Hyeyoon “Alyssa” Choi contributed to this report.