Idle hands are the devil’s workshop, as the saying goes, but a video circulating on social media that focuses on the hands of two U.S. Secret Service agents isn’t evidence they’re demons.
“They are demons who came from the under world take human form and rule our world,” a recent Facebook post of the video says.
In the video, the hands of two Secret Service agents walking behind former first lady Melania Trump are circled. Footage of other people follows, including a video of President Joe Biden that focuses on something slipping from his sleeve. Some social media users claimed it was a serpent, proving Biden isn’t human. But it was a rosary he wears in remembrance of his late son, Beau Biden.
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The video doesn’t offer evidence for why these Secret Service agents are supposedly demons, though the hands of one of the agents have come under scrutiny before. The video clip is from former President Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day. In 2017, The Daily Mail. Inside Edition and others reported on false claims that the agent was wearing prosthetic hands so he could hold a gun under his coat. Video footage of the event disproved this rumor, showing his hands in motion and not stiffly at his sides.
And earlier this year, we fact-checked a claim that the Secret Service agent was actually John F. Kennedy Jr. — who is dead — in disguise.
That was wrong and so is this claim.
We rate it Pants on Fire!