While giving a speech in Anchorage, Alaska on the 22nd anniversary of 9/11, Joe Biden claimed he stood at Ground Zero on September 12, 2001.
“Ground Zero in New York. I remember standing there the next day and looking at the building. I felt like I was looking through the gates of hell, it looked so devastating because the way you could, from where you could stand,” Biden said.
BIDEN: "Never Forget! – Ground Zero in New York. I remember standing there the next day – Felt like I was looking through the gates of hell." pic.twitter.com/YBAmEodZSp
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 11, 2023
However, C-SPAN footage from September 12, 2001 shows Joe Biden in Washington D.C. giving a speech on the Senate floor.
“Here’s Biden on the Senate floor at 1:45 pm on 09/12/01,” The Post Millennial wrote.
Here's Biden on the Senate floor at 1:45 pm on 09/12/01 pic.twitter.com/WS3sXT62h0
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) September 11, 2023
Here’s additional footage from Joe Biden’s Senate floor speech on September 12, 2001.
JUST IN: During a speech in Anchorage Alaska today, President Joe Biden claims he was at Ground 0 the day after 9/11.
"I remember standing there the next day… I felt like I was looking through the gates of hell."
Here is Joe Biden giving a speech from the Senate floor on… pic.twitter.com/PHQnf4QzlM
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) September 11, 2023
Joe Biden reminds us to “Never Forget” 9/11 and then moments later, claimed he was at Ground Zero the next day.
Joe must have forgotten that he was in DC, on the Senate floor on September 12th 2001 pic.twitter.com/KQfUudlYon
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) September 11, 2023
Fox News reports:
However, according to C-SPAN coverage of U.S. Senate proceedings on September 12, 2001, Biden was in Washington, D.C. and gave a speech on the floor of the Senate. Records show the Senate met in the morning, and a classified briefing was held for all senators that afternoon at 2:00 p.m. ET.
Records also show Biden participated in a joint resolution vote condemning the terrorist attacks later that afternoon. Biden was the Democratic manager of the resolution.
According to a report by The New York Post, Biden also contradicted his own claim in his autobiography detailing his actions after the attacks. Biden said in the book that he “headed back to the Capitol” on September 12, and made no mention of visiting Ground Zero that day.
The report also noted a Gannett News Wire report from Sept. 12, 2001 stating, “Delaware Sen. Joe Biden spent Wednesday exactly where he wanted — in the U.S. Senate.”
Fox News Digital reached out to the White House for comment, but its response pointed to Biden’s visit to Ground Zero on September 20, 2001, and did not respond to questions pertaining to his claim he was there on September 12, 2001.