Trump Lawyer Claims There Was Nothing Wrong With Edited Biden Video: 'The Clip Was Accurate'

A legal adviser to President Donald Trump has hit back at suggestions that his campaign shared a misleading video to make it seem like former Vice President Joe Biden had accidentally endorsed Trump for the 2020 election.

The video—now viewed millions of times, according to CNN—showed Biden tripping over his words while speaking to supporters in Missouri, but cut a part of his comments. "We cannot win this re-election, excuse me, we can only re-elect Donald Trump," the 2020 hopeful says in the video.

The clip was originally shared by White House social media director Dan Scavino, who used Trump's "sleepy Joe" nickname for Biden. The president then retweeted it twice, writing "I agree with Joe!" It was also retweeted by Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale.

In his full speech, Biden actually said: "We can only re-elect Donald Trump if, in fact, we get engaged in this circular firing squad here. It's got to be a positive campaign, so join us."

Jenna Ellis, a senior legal adviser to the president, hit back at attacks on Scavino for sharing the video. "Wow. This is an insanely dishonest targeting of @DanScavino," she wrote on Twitter. "The clip was accurate and was A CLIP of Biden's embarrassing gaffe."

She added, "No one from the Campaign or Admin (including the President) was asserting Biden *actually* endorsed @realDonaldTrump. The point is the gaffe. DUH."

Ellis did not note that the president retweeted the clip writing he agreed with Biden's apparent assertion, indicating that Trump did indeed suggest Biden had endorsed him.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that Twitter had used its new "manipulated media" label for the first time to flag the video for users.

The new measure was introduced last week to help combat content ranging from misleadingly edited videos to entirely fabricated so-called "deep fakes."

But the flag was not showing up for all users on Sunday evening and early Monday morning. Twitter spokeswoman Katie Rosborough told the Post that the company was working to address the issue.

The video was also shared on Facebook, which did not flag the clip as misleading.

In a statement sent to Newsweek, Biden campaign manager Greg Schultz said that the "toxic force" of disinformation must be addressed either "responsibly and in a way that serves the public, or irresponsibly and in a nakedly self-serving manner."

"Facebook's malfeasance when it comes to trafficking in blatantly false information is a national crisis in this respect. It is also an unconscionable act of putting profit above not just our country, but every country," Schultz added.

"Facebook won't say it, but it is apparent to all who have examined their conduct and policies: they care first and foremost about money and, to that end, are willing to serve as one of the world's most effective mediums for the spread of vile lies."

"That is repugnant, and it should be called out for what it is. Their unethical behavior is not acceptable, and it must change."

Newsweek has contacted the White House to request comment.

Biden has emerged as the front runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, overcoming a sluggish start in the early caucuses and primaries to deliver an impressive performance on Super Tuesday.

He currently leads closest challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders by 664 to 573 pledged delegates. Statistical analysis website FiveThirtyEight has made Biden the clear favorite to win the contest, giving him a 91 percent chance of securing the nomination.

This article has been updated to include a statement from the Biden campaign.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at Tougaloo College on March 8, 2020 in Tougaloo, Mississippi. Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images/Getty
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