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President Donald Trump peddled a false claim about his 2020 Democratic rival Joe Biden by retweeting a post that featured the hashtag “PedoBiden” on Tuesday.
The tweet, from username ConservativeGirl, depicts a video of Biden touching a woman’s shoulders and seemingly whispering in her ear, along with the caption: “We can beat them at their game .. #PedoBiden.”
The clip is of a 2015 swearing-in ceremony for then-Defense Secretary Ashton Carter at the White House, where the former vice president is seen standing behind Carter’s wife, Stephanie, and squeezing her shoulders. The image triggered a media outcry at the time due to Biden’s handiness.
We can beat them at their game .. #PedoBiden pic.twitter.com/SjNsUTrdGA
— 🇺🇸Conservative Girl🇺🇸 (@ConservUSA38) September 15, 2020
Throughout the 2020 campaign trail, Biden has faced scrutiny for his past conduct toward women, and eight have come forward stating that he has inappropriately touched them or violated their personal space, though none were minors. Most notable was an allegation by former Senate aide Tara Reade who claimed Biden sexually assaulted her while she worked for his office in 1993, which he has denied.
There is no evidence that supports the pedophilia allegation about the former vice president. However, the far-right conspiracy movement QAnon has continues to push the false narrative that Washington harbors satanists who run a global child sex-trafficking ring, and are protected by a “deep state” that Trump is fighting against.
Fringe theories sweeping the internet have been slowly inching their way into mainstream politics. Trump and some members of Congress have repeated similar baseless statements, whereas others have gone to condemn the movement.
Trump last month was confronted about QAnon, which has spread disinformation while boosting pro-Trump propaganda on social media. The president has retweeted such content numerous times, and has failed to denounce the group, instead praising them as “people that love our country.”
Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican candidate for Congress, has promoted QAnon and was endorsed by Trump. Her Democratic challenger dropped out of the race last week, meaning Greene will almost certainly be elected to Congress in November.
The Trump campaign lately appeared to distance itself from the group, as Vice President Mike Pence earlier this week canceled plans to attend a fundraiser hosted by supporters of QAnon.
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