President Joe Biden has been plagued by abysmal poll numbers, with a survey conducted last week by YouGov for CBS News putting his approval rating at just 41%.
Given this, it wasn't surprising when a video of the president and First Lady Jill Biden being heckled at an event recently emerged on social media last week. However, that footage has since been exposed as a lie.
As the Associated Press explained, it showed the president and first lady along with son Hunter Biden watching the University of Pennsylvania's graduation ceremony.
Those images are accompanied by an audio track in which a band plays "Pomp and Circumstance" while audience members can be heard chanting "F--k Joe Biden."
Fuck Joe Biden (FJB) Chants erupt at the University of Pennsylvania Graduation.
It’s almost as if Americans have zero respect for the Biden Crime Family after they sold out American interests for their own personal wealth… pic.twitter.com/Zq38mE6R2h
— Ole Murica (@OleMurica) May 18, 2023
Yet a reporter and photographer for the Associated Press claimed not to have heard the chant. Meanwhile, a video posted by the University of Pennsylvania does not feature anyone yelling obscenities.
Some tweets which featured the video were affixed with a Twitter Community Note stating that the audio had been doctored.
"This edited video from May 15, 2023, at the University of Pennsylvania commencement ceremony, but a sound track of 'boos' has been overlayed," the note explained, adding, "There were no boos in the original clip."
Still, chants mocking the president have become a common feature at many public gatherings, including an amateur wrestling tournament in Missouri last month.
What’s happening in Independence, MO? Don’t ever let them tell you we are losing the youth. Let’s Go Brandon! pic.twitter.com/sIZkTBjY2z
— Rep. Aaron McMullen (@McMullenForMO) April 8, 2023
As Fox News explained, the "Let's Go Brandon" phenomenon began after a NASCAR Xfinity Series race on October 2, 2021.
When fans began chanting "F--k Joe Biden," NBC reporter Kelli Stavast told viewers that they were chanting "Let's Go Brandon" in honor of winning driver Brandon Brown.
How it Started...Talladega Superspeedway: Brandon Brown had just won a NASCAR race. And sportscaster Kelli Stavast commented in an interview with Brown afterward how the crowd seemed to be chanting in his honor: ‘Let’s go, Brandon!” https://t.co/BlRcn7O4f1 pic.twitter.com/7GeRL1SiO2
— Zen Diamond Apartments Newslink (@apartments_zen) November 3, 2021
"As you can hear the chants from the crowd, "Let's Go Brandon," Stavast at one point remarked.