There are more than a few people in the right wing media who want you to think that Joe Biden is a doddering old man unfit for his current job and probably about to die. Whenever he trips going up stairs or misspeaks when talking to reporters, the right-wing Health Truthers will slip in with their insinuations.
Many of the exact same people did the exact same thing to Hillary Clinton in 2016 as well, and the maliciously spread rumors of her poor health were convincing heough to enough people that it likely changed a few votes. You may have noticed that she is still alive 5 years later and wasn’t felled by any of her imaginary illnesses.
The struggle to slander elderly Democratic politicians continues apace. Take the case of the Gateway Pundit and the allegedly non-driving president.
On Tuesday, Biden visited a Ford plant in Michigan that will soon be producing a new line of electric trucks. He gave a speech outlining his plans for infrastructure. And then, surprising both his staffers and the Ford executives, he insisted on taking the new truck on a quick spin. And they let him. I mean, he’s the president.
But what if it was someone else who was driving the truck? According to the often factually challenged Gateway Pundit site, Biden got in the driver’s seat of the truck all right … but he didn’t drive it. No, according to the rather hasty analysis of the Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft, the actual driver was sitting in the passenger set with a steering wheel of his own, Or, as the breathless Gateway Pundit headline put it:
WOW! Biden Caught Fake Driving — Someone Else Is Steering Vehicle — It Was All a Stunt! — VIDEO and PICS
Here’s how they saw Biden’s trip:
Following his speech, the declining septuagenarian was put in an electric vehicle where he pretended to be driving.
This was all a show by his handlers to make Joe Biden look like he’s in charge. …
Joe wasn’t driving.
Their proof? A blurry picture of Biden in the truck in which it sort of looks like there are two steering wheels. And a snippet of video in which it seemed Biden had been turning the steering wheel without the wheels themselves turning.
Ok, you might say, but that sort of does look like there are two steering wheels. How do we know that this wasn’t really the case? Well, the Gateway Pundit’s piece has been pretty thoroughly debunked by an assortment of publications ranging from Newsweek and USA Today to Snopes.com. Facebook also determined that the claims were false and attached a warning for potential readers. Even CheckYourFact — a site run by the right-wing Daily Caller — had to admit the claims weren’t true.
But you don’t even have to bother reading any of these posts because you can simply fact-check the claim with your own two eyes — by watching this brief video showing the truck from a couple of different angles that make crystal clear that there was no second steering wheel and that it was Biden who was driving.
It’s good that the “fake driving” claim got shot down sp quickly and so thoroughly. But as long as right-wingers know that they can muddy the discourse with their false claims and collective hallucinations they will keep trying. It’s really just a matter of time before they trot out the next false claim about Biden’s health. And it might not be as easy to debunk.
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