Disinfo: Biden refused to condemn street violence because he fears losing electoral weight

Summary

Some Democratic governors didn’t condemn the violence in the streets of their states, an issue about which Joe Biden refused to commit in any way because he may lose some electoral weight. When he was asked if the supported Black Lives Matter, he didn’t answer.

Disproof

The claims about Joe Biden are false. He has expressed support for protests for racial justice in the US but made a clear distinction between peaceful protests and riots, and explicitly condemned violence. In August 2020, the Democratic Convention in which Biden was confirmed as the party’s presidential candidate fully embraced the Black Lives Matter movement, with prominent Democrats such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama uttering those exact words. Biden has talked in several occasions about Black Lives Matter, both to back some of its demands and to reject others.

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation against US presidential candidate Joe Biden, part of what US authorities, including FBI director Christopher Wray and the Department of Homeland Security, consider a wider campaign of interference in the 2020 election. See other examples in our database, such as claims that Joe Biden is preparing a coup, and his militants are setting the US on fire; that he is the actual president of Ukraine, where he has been personally profiteering; that he was behind 2019 protests in Georgia; that he admitted his personal involvement in preventing Putin from participating in the presidential race; or that his son pushed for war in eastern Ukraine to clear the territory for fracking.

This disinformation message appeared in the same article as the claim that “Trump faced several coup attempts, including the impeachment and the fraud of Russian collusion.”

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 214
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: US racial justice protests, Joe Biden

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President Donald Trump faced political persecution, and had to defend himself even against the several coup attempts, such as the impeachment and the fraud of the Russian collusion.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, with no evidence provided to support the claim. This is a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about an alleged plot against president Donald Trump by undemocratic powers, articulated through a “fake Russiagate” and an impeachment process. The 2019 impeachment was not a coup attempt but an entirely legal procedure contemplated by the US Senate legislation, whose aim was to determine whether President Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanours by 1) pressing a foreign government (Ukraine's) to harm a domestic political rival, former vice president and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and 2) trying to impede a Congressional investigation by blocking testimony and refusing to provide documents in response to House subpoenas.

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The Navalny poisoning may have been planned by the West to impose sanctions against Russia.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the Navalny poisoning and also a pro-Kremlin approach portraying every measure taken against Russia's actions as Russophobia.

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that seeks to discredit Western liberal-democratic societies by claiming that capitalism, liberalism, “globalism” and/or “global élites” rob nations of their sovereignty and identity, and seek to establish a “world government”. The idea of a “Shadow World Government” in itself is also a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative.

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