Harry Belafonte is reacting to the doctored video released by a senior aide of Donald Trump.
In the altered clip from 2011, it looks like Joe Biden was asleep while a local news anchor tried to interview him.
The real video is from when Belafonte was doing a series of interviews and lost audio contact with the station.
“They keep stooping lower and lower,” Belafonte said in a statement to Deadline. “A technical glitch in an interview I did nine years ago now becomes another one of their lies, more of their fake news. I beg every sane American: please vote them out. I knew many who gave their life for the right to vote. Never has it been so vital to exercise that right.”
The video was shared by Dan Scavino, a senior aide of Trump and White House director of social media, from his private account. Twitter has since labelled it as “manipulated media.”
John Dabkovich, who was co-anchor during the interview, shared the real clip to set the record straight.
— John Dabkovich (@JohnDabkovich) August 31, 2020
Belafonte’s spokesman added, “Do they really want to caricature a 93-year-old civil rights icon in the entertainment business? Do they know who they are messing with?”