The claim: A viral video purports to show Joe Biden scaring little kids
Critics are sharing a video that appears to show President Joe Biden terrifying a room full of young children. The roughly 12-second video shows Biden stepping through a black curtain and posing before cutting to a video of two toddlers screaming in terror.
One April 11 Facebook post with the video garnered more than 65,000 shares and 1 million views.
Other versions of the video have been shared via TikTok and Rumble.
However, this clip actually shows two unrelated videos spliced together.
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USA TODAY reached out to the Facebook user for comment.
The videos of Biden and the kids are unrelated
The video of Biden comes from his August 2019 campaign trip to South Carolina. The full video, which was originally posted on the campaign’s Instagram story, shows Biden stepping out from behind a curtain at a town hall in Greenville, South Carolina.
The Instagram story is no longer viewable, but the Daily Wire tweeted a recording of it in August 2019.
The campaign posted images of the town hall on Instagram.
The video of the crying child went viral in April 2018. It shows 2-year-old Surai Bryson screaming in fear of someone dressed as the Easter Bunny at her Kissimmee, Florida, daycare.
After the daycare center posted the video on the internet, it went viral and was featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
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The incident continued to make headlines in the following months when the family sued the daycare for violating their request for privacy.
Critics have previously spliced this video of Biden with other unrelated clips to mislead viewers.
Our rating: Altered
Based on our research, a viral video purporting to show Biden scaring little kids is ALTERED. The video shows two unrelated videos from a 2019 Biden campaign event and a 2018 daycare center spliced together. Biden was not present at the daycare center when the video of screaming children was recorded.
Our fact-check sources:
- The Daily Wire, Aug. 30, 2019, Tweet
- Joe Biden, August 30, 2019, Instagram post
- Associated Press, April 7, 2018, Day care video of girl terrified by Easter bunny upsets mom
- Inside Edition via YouTube, April 6, 2018, Day Care’s Viral Easter Bunny Reaction Video Has Mother Fuming
- WDBO, Dec. 12, 2018, Family sues Kissimmee daycare over child’s viral Easter bunny reaction video
- drefanzor via YouTube, Aug. 13, 2019, Oh no! Not during the campaign stop, Joe!
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