THE FACTS: Harris rested her hand on a Bible stacked on another Bible as she was sworn into office. But on Thursday, social media users were sharing a photo from Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony along with false claims that Harris avoided touching the Bible during her oath of office.
The photo showed Harris with her right hand up and her left hand resting on an unidentified black item, reciting her oath of office.
The black item rested on top of a thick Bible, both held by Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff.
“She couldn’t even bring herself to touch that Bible,” read one Facebook post viewed more than 35,000 times.
“Do you all need it spelled out for you?” read another widely shared post. “A believer in Christ couldn’t wait to hold that Bible. A Satanist Cannot Touch It! Notice he has gloves ... She has her clutch bag on top of it!”
But, the black item on top of the larger Bible was another Bible, as photos from a different angle confirmed.
The Associated Press reported that Harris used two Bibles during her oath.
One belonged to Regina Shelton, a family friend whose Bible Harris swore on when becoming attorney general of California and later senator.
The other belonged to Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court justice.
Associated Press writer Ali Swenson in Semora, N.C., contributed to this report.