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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., pass each other as Harris moves to the podium to speak during a campaign event in Delaware, Aug. 12, 2020 (AP) Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., pass each other as Harris moves to the podium to speak during a campaign event in Delaware, Aug. 12, 2020 (AP)

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., pass each other as Harris moves to the podium to speak during a campaign event in Delaware, Aug. 12, 2020 (AP)

Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke August 19, 2020

Kamala Harris didn’t call Joe Biden “trash”

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  • This quote comes from a blog post about Kamala Harris and Joe Biden, but it was the post’s author — not Harris — who called Biden “trash.” 
 

During her first speech after Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden named her his running mate, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris said, "Joe, I’m so proud to stand with you."

A recent Facebook post suggests this is a relatively new opinion. 

"I don’t like Joe Biden and do not like his history with certain people or who he’s aligned with, he’s trash to me," the post quotes Harris as saying in June 2019.

This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) 

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We didn’t find any evidence Harris said this when we looked for the quote in the Nexis news archives. In a search for the quote online, Google returned two results: a link to a Facebook page where someone had posted it in a comment, and a June 2019 blog post titled, "Kamala Harris buries Joe Biden." 

The blog post is supportive of Harris, then still a presidential candidate, and praises her performance during a debate. 

The statement that appears in the Facebook post is also in the blog post, but it’s not in a quote attributed to Harris. Rather, it’s the blog post’s author who writes: "I don’t like Joe Biden and do not like his history with certain people or who he’s aligned with, he’s trash to me."

We rate this Facebook post False.

 

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