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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke October 29, 2020

No, Jill Biden didn’t say this about Hunter Biden’s laptop

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  • Jill Biden responded to questions about attacks on her family during an appearance on "The View," but she didn’t mention "Hunter’s laptop" or get into specifics. 

A quote attributed to Jill Biden, wife of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, is spreading on social media as evidence that recent claims about emails on a laptop belonging to Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, implicates the former vice president. 

"This election… is about the American people. The American people don’t want to hear these smears against my family. The American people are struggling right now. Whatever is on Hunter’s laptop is not important. These are old stories that have nothing to do with healing this country," reads the statement attributed to Jill Biden. 

"I just want to point out—Jill Biden HERSELF admits it IS Hunter’s Laptop," wrote one person who shared the post. 

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.) 

Part of the quote in the Facebook post is authentic — but not the comments about Hunter Biden and a laptop.

On Oct. 25, Jill Biden appeared on "The View," where she was asked how she felt about personal attacks on her family. 

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Biden said that as a mother, she doesn’t like to see her son or husband attacked, but that they’re distractions. 

"The American people don’t want to hear these smears against my family," she said, "The American people are struggling right now. They’re in the midst of all this chaos. They’re trying to figure out how to put food on the table. You know, they don’t have jobs, they need health care. Americans don’t want to hear this and that’s why I thought Joe did such a great job at the debate, because he addressed the issues." 

Searching online for the other statements in the quote that appear in the Facebook post, we found no credible sources to corroborate the claim that Jill Biden mentioned a laptop. 

The Daily Mail reported on her comments during her View appearance, saying that Biden brushed off the "‘distracting’ Hunter laptop scandal." But it doesn’t include the statement about his laptop being unimportant.

We rate this Facebook post False.

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