FACT CHECK: Did Biden Robocall Urge New Hampshire Voters To Skip Recent Primary Election?

Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on Instagram purports to show a CNN chyron claiming a Biden robocall urged voters in New Hampshire to skip their recent primary election.


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Verdict: False

The chyron has been cropped and omits the word “fake,” according to USA Today. A transcript of the CNN segment also indicates the robocall is not authentic.

Fact Check:

A recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll shows Biden is losing support among Black voters in Georgia, according to Newsweek. Biden won 88% of the Black vote in the 2020 presidential election, but according to the poll, only 58.6% of Black voters plan to support him in the upcoming 2024 election, the outlet reported.

“Biden Robocall Urges NH Voters Not To Vote Tomorrow,” the CNN chyron shared via the Instagram post reads. The image, which has received over 900 likes, shows CNN anchor Abby Phillip interviewing Michelle Wu, the Democratic Mayor of Boston.

The claim is false, however. The chyron has been cropped and omits the word “fake,” according to USA Today. The unedited image appears in an article published by the outlet, which also labeled the claim as false. Likewise, a transcript of the CNN segment featuring Phillip and Wu makes it clear that the robocall is not authentic.

“Now, that sounds like a plea from Joe Biden, except that it isn’t. And now it’s under investigation by the New Hampshire attorney general,” Phillip said after the fake robocall played on air. “Do you think that this robocall, which uses A.I. to fake President Biden’s voice, will ultimately end up keeping New Hampshire voters home?” she later asked Wu.

CNN shared the contents of the robocall on its verified YouTube channel. In the clip, a voice that sounds like Biden’s appears to say the following, “It’s important you save your vote for the November election. Voting this Tuesday only enables the Republicans in their quest to elect Donald Trump again.”

Additionally, a keyword search reveals multiple media outlets, including CBS News, ABC News, and The Washington Post, have reported the robocall as fake.

Furthermore, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre labeled the robocall as fake during a recent press briefing.

“That call was indeed fake and not recorded by the President,” Jean-Pierre said.

The New Hampshire Department of Justice indicated the call appeared to be “spoofed” in a Jan. 22 press release. An investigation into the call is currently underway, according to the same release. (RELATED: No, Biden Is Not Sending U.S. Troops To Fight Russia)

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

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter