FACT CHECK: Video Of Joe Biden Calling Mexicans Rapists Has Been Taken Out Of Context

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook appears to show President Joe Biden saying, “I’m going to take on those rapist Mexicans.”

Verdict: False

The video is missing context. The full video of his speech reveals that he was quoting a Trump statement.

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The Facebook post purports Biden called Mexicans rapists. The video appears to show Biden giving a speech at a podium in front of supports.

“I’m going to take on those rapist Mexicans,” he appears to say in the video.

“And who’s the racist again?” the post’s caption reads. (RELATED: Did Joe Biden Reject A Gift From The Air Force Football Team?)

The clip has been taken out of context, however. The full video is from a speech Biden gave during a campaign stop in San Antonio, Texas, and can be found on YouTube. Around the 8:07 timestamp, Biden refers to a comment from Trump about “rapist Mexicans.”   

The video of Trump making the comment during his campaign can also be found on YouTube. Referring to Mexicans, Trump said, “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.” 

Check Your Fact has reached out to the White House for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter