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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke October 5, 2023

No, President Joe Biden didn’t admit to a ‘shady role’ in the Hawaii wildfires

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Was President Joe Biden’s latest gaffe revealing himself as responsible for the summer wildfires in Maui, Hawaii? 

A recent Facebook post claims as much, captioning a 40-minute video with this clickbait headline: "Joe Biden MISTAKENLY admits shady role in Maui fires." 

This post was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)

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Anyone who watched the post’s video may have been disappointed. Far from a smoking gun, the footage is a montage of TV broadcasts about the wildfires, including commentary critical of the president’s response. 

But no "shady role" was exposed. 

We rate claims this video shows Biden accidentally admitting to a role in the fires False.


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Facebook post, Sept. 30, 2023

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