If you're reading this, you've heard the nickname, at this point the term "Sleepy Joe", which reflects the many many moments where Joe Biden.. just slept on the job.
Look up compilations for that while they're still on Youtube.
In an edited, I mixed one of his sleepy moments with a TV interview and the rest is history.
Let's start with original footage: On April 29, 2020 Joe Biden, on a livestream conversation with Hillary Clinton seemed to be falling asleep. It quickly went viral: (sleep timestamp: 4:46)
????Sleepy Uncle Joe appears to doze off as Hillary speaks during virtual Town Hall ???? pic.twitter.com/u8Llwgk9eh— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 29, 2020
And here is my edit that got it all started:
Just taking a little nap... pic.twitter.com/MfqEYbK5la— Damon imani???? (@damonimani) August 29, 2020
I uploaded the video on Twitter, and replied to one of the first responses, explaining how it was made.
In the beginning, most of the responses were positive with people having a laugh, most users could figure that the video was a parody and some were confused, though I had already tweeted my disclaimer in the video thread so I knew those interested in the legitimacy of the video would read it.
With that being mentioned, the blue-checks NPCs who don't understand memes, quickly picked it up and labled it as fake even though my disclaimer was there, right under the video.
Ironically a Chinese communist even blamed me for interfering in the US elections:
这个视频作者的国籍未知，要是不是美国人，估计会当成外国干预美国选举的案子来处理。https://t.co/MnpnKKORbg https://t.co/auNIwBjJNX— 佐拉 (@zuola) August 30, 2020
It took a day for Washington Post, Reuters, Buzzfeed, FactCheck Org and others to come out with stories on this and on August 31, the video was the leading news in America.