FACT CHECK: Does This Photo Show Joe Biden Kneeling For The National Anthem At An Event In Miami?

FACT CHECK: Does This Photo Show Joe Biden Kneeling For The National Anthem At An Event In Miami?


An image shared on Facebook over 3,200 times purportedly shows Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden kneeling during the national anthem at a Miami event.

Verdict: False

Biden did not kneel during the national anthem during the pictured event. Captions of photos taken at the event indicate he kneeled to take a photo with dancers, and a Miami Herald reporter present said the national anthem was not playing in the background at the time.

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Fact Check:

In the image being shared, Biden is kneeling beside his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, who remains standing. Traditionally clothed dancers stand behind them. The image was widely shared on Facebook with captions claiming it shows Biden kneeling in protest during the national anthem.

“Taking a knee during the National Anthem!! Let that sink in,” reads the caption for this particular post. “A PRESIDENTIAL candidate taking a KNEE during our NATIONAL ANTHEM!!! Taking a KNEE for the very freedoms you claim you are going to protect and defend!! NO THANKS!!”

Check Your Fact found the photo, taken by Jacqueline Charles for the Miami Herald, on the website Getty Images. The caption reveals that Biden was actually kneeling for a photo, not to

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