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• In March, Joe Biden got into a verbal spat with a factory worker, telling him he was “full of s---” when the worker accused Biden of trying to take away Second Amendment rights and repeatedly challenged Biden’s responses.
• Later during the same exchange, the worker told Biden, “You’re working for me, man” and Biden either replied, “I’m not working for you,” or stopped short of that, according to differing media accounts.
• Biden pointed at the worker through much of the exchange.
There’s no question that Joe Biden cursed at a factory worker during a March 10 visit to a Fiat Chrysler assembly plant, calling him "full of s---" and telling him not to be a "horse’s a--." The worker had falsely accused Biden of wanting to take away people’s guns.
A Facebook post singles out another snippet of that exchange to paint Biden as a callous public servant.
The Facebook post shows a photo of Joe Biden pointing at the worker face, with the words "I don’t work for you!" superimposed on the photo. The 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.)
Biden was visiting the Detroit plant on the day of the Michigan primary when a factory worker accused him of "actively trying to diminish our Second Amendment right and take away our guns," PolitiFact reported.
Biden replied that he supports the Second Amendment but not assault weapons or high-capacity magazines. The exchange, which took place in a noisy site crowded with workers, turned contentious as the worker repeatedly challenged Biden’s responses, with Biden shouting at times and other workers and aides trying to cut off the exchange.
At one point, according to media reports, the worker said to Biden, "You’re working for me, man." Biden’s reply was not uniformly reported by the media, and video footage of the incident does not clearly capture all of the dialogue.
WATCH: "You’re full of sh*t," @JoeBiden tells a man who accused him of "actively trying to end our Second Amendment right."
"I support the Second Amendment," Biden adds while vising under-construction auto plant in Detroit. @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/sueOSBaY9P— Bo Erickson CBS (@BoKnowsNews) March 10, 2020
Some outlets, including CBS News and The Detroit News, reported that Biden responded, "I’m not working for you. Don’t be such a horse’s a--." Other outlets, including Politico and CNN, reported it slightly differently, quoting Biden as saying, "I’m not working for — gimme a break, man. Don’t be such a horse’s a--."
CNN’s report was presented more like a transcript of the exchange, while other media accounts appeared to paraphrase it or edit it down. For example, Biden clearly says "give me a break" at the 1-minute mark in the video before saying "don’t be such a horse’s a--." Neither the CBS nor Detroit News article included that phrase.
The Facebook post includes a photo of Biden pointing his finger at the worker. While video footage shows Biden was pointing at the worker through much of the exchange, at times directly at his face, he wasn’t doing so when he said the words "I’m not working for —."
A Facebook post suggests Biden told a factory worker, "I don’t work for you!" while pointing a finger at the worker’s face.
Biden and the worker got into a confrontation over Biden’s proposed gun control policies; the worker falsely accused Biden of wanting to take away people’s guns. While news accounts differ on what words Biden said, the quotes are similar to the phrase attributed to Biden in the Facebook post. Biden was not pointing at the worker during that part of the exchange.
The claim is partly true, but leaves out important details and context.
We rate this claim Half True.
CBS News, "Joe Biden, accused of wanting to end 2nd Amendment, responds: ‘You’re full of sh**’", March 10, 2020
CNN, "Biden gets into testy exchange with man over gun rights," March 10, 2020
The Detroit News, "Biden tells Detroit worker he’s full of it when challenged on gun rights," March 10, 2020
Facebook post, Oct. 12, 2020
JoeBiden.com, "The Biden plan to end our gun violence epidemic," accessed Oct. 16, 2020
Politico, "Biden: Man with gun control accusations is ‘full of’ it," March 10, 2020
PolitiFact, "Yes, Biden did call voters a ‘damn liar,’ a ‘lying dog-faced pony soldier’ and ‘full of s---’," March 12, 2020
Reuters, "Why did Joe Biden tell an auto worker ‘you’re full of sh*t’?, March 11, 2020
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