Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a press event in Wilmington, Delaware on March 12, 2020 (Credit: Saul Loeb / AFP)

Photo shows Mexico’s president, not Joe Biden, kissing child

Facebook posts shared thousands of times claim a photo shows Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden kissing a child, criticizing him for doing so. This is false; the man pictured is Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

“WTF is Biden doing?” says text accompanying the image in a March 27, 2020 post.

A screenshot of a Facebook post taken on April 13, 2020

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While some people commented that the photo does not show Biden, a former US vice president, others did not.

A screenshot of comments on a Facebook post taken on April 13, 2020

A video tweeted by Lopez Obrador’s official account on March 14 makes clear that he is pictured in the image.

A screenshot of a tweet taken on April 10, 2020

The Mexican president -- also known as AMLO -- has been criticized for continuing to hold rallies and hugging and kissing supporters during the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has killed at least 114,000 people worldwide.


While the photo in the Facebook posts does not show Biden, the Democratic candidate has come under fire for his tactile style and invasion of personal space. Several women have accused him of touching them inappropriately in the past.