CLAIM: After President Joe Biden offered to answer questions during a virtual meeting, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was caught saying, “We don’t want him to talk.”
THE FACTS: The video clip that appears to show the awkward moment was manipulated and first was shared online, with a label identifying it as satire.
The clip was taken from video of a March 3 virtual session of the House Democratic Caucus’ virtual Issues Conference, during which Biden discussed his legislative priorities. Pelosi addressed Biden on a virtual screen.
After concluding his remarks, Biden said: “And I’m happy to take questions if that’s what you — I’m supposed to do, Nance. Whatever you want me to do.”
In the manipulated video, a voice that sounds similar to Pelosi’s can be heard saying, “Am I on? No, we don’t want him to talk.” The voice was added to the video.
In the actual video, Pelosi did not respond, and the screen that showed her cut to a photo of Biden. The original video ends shortly after that.
A comedian and voice actor who performs under the name Michael Clive created the altered video as political satire. But, some social media users then shared his video without the satire label.
“Yes, that’s me, imitating Nancy Pelosi but that Twitter version has been edited,” Clive, who also uses the name Michael Kaminski, told The Associated Press in an email. “The original is labeled satire at the end.”
In March, social media users shared a clip from the same event, falsely claiming that the feed was cut off so Biden couldn’t answer questions. The video feed that was uploaded online does end after Biden’s introductory remarks, but that is because the event was closed to the press during the question-and-answer period. Biden did take questions, including one about systemic racism and the child tax credit, The AP reported.