Happy Friday. Here is another Ad Watch about a Donald Trump commercial to kick off another weekend in quarantine.
A campaign ad for Trump tells Americans that Joe Biden sided with China at Americans’ expense during the coronavirus pandemic, portraying the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee as both aloof and self-interested during a crisis.
The ad weaves a misleading narrative by splicing video and audio and cutting out significant context. Missing from the highlight reel is Trump’s repeated praise for China’s COVID-19 response and Biden saying China shouldn’t be trusted blindly.
“I have spoken to President Xi (Jinping), and they’re working very hard. And if you know anything about him, I think he’ll be in pretty good shape,” Trump said Feb. 25.
Biden a day later said China should be scrutinized.
“What I would do were I president now, I would not be taking China’s word for it,” said Biden during a Feb. 26 CNN town hall. “I’d insist that China allow our scientists in to make a hard determination of how it started, where it’s from, how far along it is. Because that is not happening now.”
Trump’s campaign did not respond to PolitiFact’s request for comment.
Here’s PolitiFact’s guide to the misleading and false elements of the one-minute ad titled, “Biden stands up for China.”
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