Did Biden Pardon 2,617 BLM Protesters?

Did Biden Pardon 2,617 BLM Protesters?

U.S. President Joe Biden pardoned 2,617 Black Lives Matter protesters.

On Jan. 21, 2021, Daily World Update, which is part of the America’s Last Line of Defense network of satire websites, published an article positing that U.S. President Joe Biden had pardoned more than 2,000 protesters involved in the Black Lives Matter civil rights movement:

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Fact check: Claims that Biden is ‘pardoning 2,617 BLM protesters’ stem from satire article

A photograph of an article with the headline “Biden Quietly Pardons 2,617 BLM Protesters” is circulating on social media. Though the article was intended as satire, some users appear to be taking the content seriously.

While some users acknowledge the article is from a satirical site, others appear to believe President Joe Biden pardoned protesters of the Black Lives Matter movement, with comments like: “This is outrageous!”, “shameless, they are just shameless!”, “He. Really. Needs to be. Removed.” and “What the heck is this country turning into?”

Most iterations feature what appears to be a photograph of a phone screen featuring the article’s preview on Facebook. Posts sharing the image can be seen here , here , here .

Fact Check: Biden Did NOT Quietly Pardon 2,617 BLM Protesters

Did President Joe Biden quietly pardon 2,617 BLM protesters in his first days in office? No, that’s not true: The claim is a work of satire published by a web network that trolls conservatives. Biden did not issue any pardons in the days after his inauguration on January 20, 2021.

The claim originated in an article published by dailyworldupdate.us on January 21, 2021 titled “Biden Quietly Pardons 2,617 BLM Protesters” (archived here) which opened:

Joe Biden has shown us all whose side he’ll be on when it comes to law and order. In a sweeping secret pardon that includes more than 2,616 BLM “protesters,” Biden gave a big eff you to law enforcement. Biden’s pardon includes “anyone arrested for protesting in a non-violent manner.” Basically, all they have to do is say “I dint do nuffin” and they’re free to go.

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