Scalise on altered Biden video: ‘It should not have been edited’

Scalise on altered Biden video: 'It shouldn't have been edited'

Home Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScalisePelosi, Biden slam Scalise for doctored video that altered activist’s phrases Twitter slaps ‘manipulated media’ tag on video shared by Scalise that alters activist’s query to Biden Home GOP leaders slam Pelosi for saying Biden should not debate Trump MORE (R-La.) conceded on Monday {that a} video he tweeted containing a doctored clip of Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi, Biden slam Scalise for doctored video that altered activist’s phrases Wisconsin governor urges Trump to not go to Kenosha: ‘I’m involved your presence will solely hinder our therapeutic’ Biden to marketing campaign in Pennsylvania Monday, ask ‘are you protected in Donald Trump’s America?’ MORE chatting with incapacity rights activist Ady Barkan “shouldn’t have been edited.” 

The video, which accuses Democrats of fomenting violence in American cities, incorporates a clip of Barkan’s interview with Biden. “Can we agree that we will redirect among the funding?” Barkan, who has ALS, asks Biden within the authentic clip, referring to shifting public security funds from police to psychological well being and social companies. “Yes,” Biden responds.

The clip Scalise tweeted spliced within the phrases “for police” from earlier within the interview on the finish of the query in the identical computerized voice Barkan makes use of to speak.

“Look, it shouldn’t have been edited,” Scalise mentioned on “Fox & Friends.” “But at the same time, the comments were always about — in fact, twice in that interview he asked Joe Biden if he was for redirecting money away from police. And in both times, Joe Biden said yes.”

Twitter flagged the clip as containing manipulated media, and it prompted swift backlash from Democrats and activists.

Barkan demanded Scalise take away the clip and apologize, and Scalise mentioned late Sunday that he would take away the portion of the interview from the video.

“Whereas Joe Biden clearly mentioned ‘sure,’ twice, to the query of his help to redirect cash away from police, we’ll honor the request of @AdyBarkan and take away the portion of his interview from our video,” the Louisiana congressman mentioned.


Liz Jaff, who co-founded Be A Hero PAC with Barkan, additionally issued a press release condemning the manipulation.

“Let’s be absolutely clear about this: Rep. Steve Scalise doctored the artificial voice of a man who can’t speak, was called out, did not remove the video and did not apologize for it. He then lied about that deep fake while sharing the un-doctored footage and then blamed it on Democrats,” Jaff wrote.

On Monday morning, she known as for Scalise to take away the video, apologize, “stop doctoring videos” and resign.


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