Republicans continued pushing the “Sleepy Joe” narrative this week when QAnon Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-Co.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) falsely accused President Joe Biden of falling asleep during a meeting.
Biden met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the White House to discuss a variety of topics, Afghanistan being a primary focus. True to form, however, right-wing outlets found a way to smear Biden by using a very short clip of the sit-down to claim that Biden had fallen asleep as Bennett spoke.
Boebert and Greene, who are hostile toward Biden and have demanded his resignation or impeachment at every turn and support insurrection, immediately shared the video on Twitter without any kind of fact-check.
Wake up, Joe. You have a resignation letter to sign! pic.twitter.com/Yf0ME0FpOv
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) August 28, 2021
Remove Joe Biden immediately!
Our country is in danger being controlled by a man who can’t even stay awake in a meeting with Israel’s Prime Minister.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) August 28, 2021
Well, CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale did his due diligence and pointed out that the full video clearly shows Biden awake and responsive.
This “Biden asleep” stuff is nonsense. Full vid https://t.co/1jC9JjOXag shows: 1) Biden talking; 2) Biden looking at Bennett; 3) Biden looking downward, his hands moving, starting right when Bennett mentioned this week’s “difficult days”; 4) Biden immediately replying to Bennett. pic.twitter.com/dJ9dLsoiTY
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 28, 2021
Indeed, even the short video Greene and Boebert so eagerly shared shows Biden moving his fingers. He is looking downward and is wearing a mask, which is why it may look like he has nodded off, but he is very much awake. This is disinformation that Twitter should punish by banning Boebert and Greene from the platform.
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