Disinfo: Biden may have known something in advance when he talked about using the army to remove Trump

Summary

Democrats and their allies are alarmed that the firing of top Pentagon officials by president Donald Trump may be preparation for a military coup. But was it actually the Democrats, and Joe Biden himself, who first brought up the idea of using the US Army to remove Trump from the White House, in case he lost but refused to concede. That was in June, much earlier than the election and the controversies surrounding it. What did Biden know at that moment to say that?

Disproof

The claim is a distortion of a statement uttered by then Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in June 11, 2020. Asked in an interview if he had considered what would happen if he came out as the winner of the election and president Donald Trump refused to leave, he replied that he was encouraged after seeing former and current U.S. military officials speak out against the President's support for using force against peaceful demonstrators. “I promise you, I'm absolutely convinced they will escort him from the White House with great dispatch”, Biden said.

All this is mixed with Trump’s firing of several top Pentagon officials and framed in a way to make Biden’s comments suspicious of knowing “something in advance”. But Biden was referring to this scenario only after President Trump had repeatedly attacked the mail-in voting process and accused it, without evidence, of being fraudulent.

This is part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on the US elections, aiming to seed doubts on the legitimacy of the result and to promote the idea of electoral fraud. See other examples in our database, such as claims that the result doesn’t matter because the real ruler is the Deep State; that the Guardian exposed how US Democrats exploited mail-in voting irregularities; that an oligarch-sponsored insurrection against the people will take place around election day; or that the US is on the verge of a civil war, and militias are only a reaction against government abuse.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 220
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, Democratic Party (US), Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Coup

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Disproof

A recurring conspiracy theory on the coronavirus in an attempt to portray the current pandemic to be caused artificially and by the Western institutions.

The World Bank’s document referred to in the claim was created on April 2, 2020, as a first set of emergency support for developing countries around the world for coronavirus response. The World Bank’s document consists of strategies and a scheduled step-by-step plan that comprises projects that run until 2025 to deal with the damage caused by Covid-19. The expected closing date for all planned and scheduled projects was indicated to be 2025. The document does not state the date for the end of the pandemic.

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Disproof

Contrary to the claim, Joe Biden is not a self-proclaimed winner in the US election: he gave his victory speech after winning the state of Pennsylvania and therefore securing his victory, once it was clear that there was no chance that incumbent Donald Trump could achieve re-election even though the races in the states of Nevada, Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina weren’t closed yet. This is the reason why most US media called the election for Biden on Saturday, November 7, not due to the orders of any hidden hand. This was also the motive why international leaders started congratulating Biden.

Even in less sensitive elections, it is not uncommon that the General Service Administration takes a few days to certify the victory of a candidate, and only four days had passed between Biden’s victory and the publication of this disinformation piece. In this case, given the controversies at the place and the refusal of Donald Trump and some top Republican figures to concede, the certification may be delayed until the Electoral College meets and votes on the next presidency on December 14, 2020.

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Disproof

This is a deliberate distortion of the original article in The National Interest, which doesn’t say that the US and NATO are doomed to be defeated. On the contrary, in its introductory paragraph, the article states: “Neither side could win outright, especially since the loser might resort to nuclear weapons. Hence, thankfully MAD [the acronym of Mutually Assured Destruction] keeps the peace.”

Pro-Kremlin media frequently resort to this manipulative technique of quoting sentences from serious publications and then introducing a distorted message as if it was part of the original article, in this case, to promote a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about Russia’s military might and the invincibility of its armed forces.