Once again, the camp that's quickest to cry "fake news" against any coverage critical of President Donald Trump has been caught distributing misleadingly edited videos to help their cause.
This latest video, shared by far-Right Trump ally Dan Scavino, is edited to appear as though former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed the man he's fighting to take on in November: Donald Trump himself.
Sleepy Joe💤in St. Louis, Missouri today: “We can only re-elect @realDonaldTrump.” #KAG2020LandslideVictory🇺🇸 https://t.co/FT4q2MWfcD— Dan Scavino (@Dan Scavino)1583630313.0
In the video, Biden appears to say:
"We cannot win this reelection—excuse me—we can only reelect Donald Trump."
Trump soon shared the misleading video to his 70+ million followers.
I agree with Joe! https://t.co/h84mD7jVPW— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1583639799.0
But, the full quote says something quite different.
"We cannot win this reelection—excuse me—We can only reelect Donald Trump if, in fact, we get engaged in this circular firing squad here. It's gotta be a positive campaign."
The full speech is available here.
Fortunately, Twitter was one step ahead of Trump's efforts to deceive the public.
In a rare move, Twitter flagged the video as manipulated media, indicating to viewers that there was more to Biden's statements than it showed.
Huffpost // @realdonaldtrump/Twitter
People didn't hesitate to call Trump and his supporters out.
Biden: “We can only re-elect Donald Trump if in fact we get engaged in this circular firing squad here. It's gotta… https://t.co/C1P7pDHsC4— Asha Rangappa (@Asha Rangappa)1583760723.0
Lying trump used a lying GOP doctored video!?!? Shocked?? No, I am not https://t.co/6rpd9rj1dn— Martin Carmody (@Martin Carmody)1583760452.0
@AshaRangappa_ @Kris_Sacrebleu If You ain’t cheatin, You ain’t tryin! It’s the new slogan for #45 and His many lemmings🙄— A. E. Bojorquez (@A. E. Bojorquez)1583766638.0
@AshaRangappa_ @jaysbookman They have no shame.— Elizabeth Hartley Filliat (@Elizabeth Hartley Filliat)1583771633.0
I suggest blocking any account like Dan Scavino Jr. @Scavino45 that posts this kind of thing as a real video. I tru… https://t.co/MWL4YdUnPK— Tim Hogan (@Tim Hogan)1583766726.0
Manipulated video. They just don't stop with the lies. Scavino is an unpatriotic scavenger. https://t.co/O0A0dmPTwS— Linda Gonzalez (@Linda Gonzalez)1583766611.0
Modern American Conservatism is an ideology that thrives on rank dishonesty, knowing that those under its spell wil… https://t.co/CgmvvJ7Ti0— ZP (@ZP)1583762976.0
Scavino and others claim the video wasn't manipulated—just shortened.