FACT CHECK: Did Joe Biden Mistakenly Admit His ‘Shady Role’ In The Maui Fires?
A video shared on Facebook purports President Joe Biden mistakenly admitted his “shady role” in the wildfires that struck Maui, Hawaii back in August.
The caption is inaccurate, as the 40-minute video does not provide any evidence to support the claim. Biden did not have any role in the Maui wildfires.
The Lahaina area of Maui, which was struck by wildfires this past August, recently reopened to residents, according to The New York Times. Cleanup of the island, which began back in August, could be complicated by the island’s cultural sites, The Associated Press reported.
“Joe Biden MISTAKENLY Admits Shady Role In Maui Fires,” the Facebook video’s caption purports. The video’s thumbnail features a photo of the current Democratic President followed by the phrase, “Please Forgive Me.” The video has been viewed over 300,000 times as of writing.
The video’s caption is inaccurate, as the 40-minute video does not provide any evidence to support the claim. The video is comprised of a variety of news clips about the natural disaster, which include appearances from Biden, former President Donald Trump, and Fox News host Dana Perino, among others. The video also includes news clips about Biden’s youngest son, Hunter Biden, which are unrelated to the Maui wildfires.
Likewise, Check Your Fact found no credible news reports suggesting Biden had any role in the Maui wildfires. In addition, the claim is neither referenced on the White House’s website nor on its verified social media accounts. Biden also has not publicly commented on the claim via his personal or government X accounts.
Wildfires struck Maui on Aug. 8 and killed over 100 people, according to CNN. Fallen power lines and high winds are both believed to have played a role in the fires, the outlet reported. (RELATED: No, Navy SEALs Did Not Discover 15 Missing Children In Maui)
Check Your Fact has contacted the White House Press Office for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.