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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke October 28, 2020

No, this photo doesn’t show Biden’s car with ‘Big Guy’ license plates

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  • This photo was doctored.
     
  • In Delaware, “THEBIGGUY” isn’t even a possible vanity plate. Personalized plates can’t exceed seven letters or numbers. “THEBIGGUY” is nine letters.

An email published by the New York Post that outlines a business arrangement with a Chinese company makes reference to "the big guy." A former business partner of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, has said that refers to the Democratic presidential nominee. 

But an image on social media that appears to corroborate that claim is doctored.

"Even in 2015, Joe’s license plate read ‘THE BIG GUY’!!!!!" reads the description of an image of Biden standing next to his Corvette Stingray. The blue-and-yellow Delaware license plate visible in the image says: "THEBIGGUY." 

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.) 

The original image comes from an ad Biden’s campaign put out in August in which the former vice president talks about the American auto industry.

Around the 47-second mark, you can see the image that appears in the Facebook post. There isn’t a license plate on the front of the car.  

In 2016, Biden and the car appeared on the show, "Jay Leno’s Garage." At the 2:29 mark, a Delaware license plate on the back of the car is visible as Biden drives the comedian around. It shows a series of numbers, not "THEBIGGUY."

In Delaware, "THEBIGGUY" isn’t even a possible vanity plate. Personalized plates can’t exceed seven letters or numbers. "THEBIGGUY" is nine letters. 

We rate this Facebook post Pants on Fire.

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