Biden’s speech interruption was about gun policy

The claim: Video shows President Biden being heckled about his son

Some social media users are sharing a video they say shows President Joe Biden confronting the alleged behavior of his son, Hunter Biden.

In the videoBiden is shown delivering a speech related to the passage of recent gun legislation. He is interrupted by someone who is supposed to be talking off-screen.

Along with further comments, the speaker says, “What do you think of Hunter, your son? There’s a video of him arguing with a prostitute about how much crack he has.”

After a few seconds, the video shows a man in a purple blazer allegedly interrupting Biden’s speech, but the man is not shown commenting on Biden’s son.

The @damonimani Instagram handle is shown in the corner of the video.

“Bravo! This brave man did what the liberal media obviously will never do,” read the caption of a July 11 Instagram post who presented the video.

The video was viewed nearly 3,000 times within a week.

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But the video has been edited from the original. At an event commemorating the passage of new gun legislation, Biden’s speech was interrupted by the man shown in the video, Manuel Oliver. Oliver – the father of a school shooting victim – called for more action on guns and did not talk about Hunter Biden. Audio regarding the President’s son has been added to the edited video.

USA TODAY has reached out to the Instagram user who shared the video for comment.

Original video shows Biden confronting gun politics

Much of Oliver’s statements are inaudible in the original video, which can be viewed on the C-LIFE website. However, the White House Event Transcript records only statements related to firearms policy.

Oliver’s Gun Policy-Related interruption of speech was largely covered by the media outlets, including USA TODAY.

On July 11, the day he interrupted Biden’s speech, Oliver tweeted a photo of himself dressed in the purple blazer he wore at the event.

In the tweet’s caption, Oliver referenced his political organization, Change the Ref. The organization’s Twitter bio reads: “Our son Joaquin Oliver – 17 – was killed inside his school. We use street art as a creative confrontation to expose the disastrous effects of mass shootings in America.”

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The @damonimani handle shown in the edited video appears to refer to an Instagram user who posted the edited video on their account. The user told USA TODAY that he created the edited video. The user also referred to the video as a “meme” in the caption.

Our opinion: Modified

Based on our research, we are rating ALTERED a video allegedly showing President Biden confronting his son’s behavior. The speech was interrupted by the father of a school shooting victim who called for more action against gun violence. Audio regarding Hunter Biden has been added to the original video.

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