Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 29, 2024

White House Backtracks on Biden 'Cheapfake' Video Claims

President Joe Biden this week publicly acknowledged his difficulties with speaking and debating following a lackluster performance in the first presidential debate.

In light of that disclosure, the White House press secretary has been forced to downplay an earlier claim that videos showing Biden in a frail state were altered, admitting that even the president himself recognizes his current limitations, as Breitbart reports.

During a recent press briefing on Air Force One, Karine Jean-Pierre addressed the issue, confirming President Biden's struggles. This comes as a notable change from her previous assertions that these videos were manipulated.

Jean-Pierre previously dismissed these videos as "cheapfakes," suggesting they were altered in bad faith. She stated, "Yeah, we -- and I think you all have called this the 'cheapfakes' video. And that’s exactly what they are. They are cheapfakes video. They are done in bad faith." However, in a recent shift, she acknowledged Biden's own admission that he is not as smooth in speaking and debating as he used to be.

The acknowledgment follows Biden's problematic first presidential debate, in which he appeared confused, frightened, and occasionally slurred his speech. The performance was widely criticized and sparked concerns about his public speaking abilities.

Biden Admits to Limitations

Following the debate, Biden addressed a rally in North Carolina where he candidly admitted his challenges. He told the audience that he cannot walk or speak as well as he used to, an honest acknowledgment that resonated with many.

The White House Press Secretary, during her briefing on Air Force One, elaborated, "He understands, look, he’s not as smooth as he used to be on the debate stage, he doesn’t speak as smoothly as he used to -- I mean, you heard him say and acknowledge where he is today."

Democrats in a bind

The Democratic Party now finds itself in a complex situation. Some party members are reportedly considering removing Biden from the ticket. However, any such move would require Biden's consent and would be further complicated by changes the party made to its primary rules earlier this year.

In a significant strategic alteration, the Democratic Party placed South Carolina as the first primary state. This move was aimed at preventing potential challengers from gaining traction against Biden, ensuring a smoother path toward his re-nomination.

Jean-Pierre, while addressing reporters on Air Force One, underscored Biden's unwavering commitment to fighting for democracy and freedom despite his speech issues. This commitment remains a cornerstone of Biden's presidency as he navigates these personal challenges.

Moreover, Biden's acknowledgment of his limitations has stirred a complex conversation within the Democratic Party. Removing a sitting President from the ticket would be unprecedented and challenging, particularly given the primary rules adjustment designed to shield Biden from early challenges.

As the 2024 presidential race heats up, Biden's admission adds a new layer of scrutiny and dialogue around his candidacy.

It spotlights the broader concerns surrounding his public appearances and overall fitness for the role, and the Democratic Party faces potential turbulence as it navigates these developments and gears up for the 2024 race with an adjusted primary strategy.

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