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Yanny or Laurel debate breaks out over viral clip of Biden seemingly saying ‘My butt’s been wiped’

What does he say?


Claire Goforth


Published Jul 26, 2021   Updated Aug 4, 2021, 3:06 pm CDT

A viral clip of President Joe Biden has become the new Laurel versus Yanny debate.

In the clip, first posted by the Hill, Biden exits Marine One and walks towards a group of reporters. “Does immigration need to be in reconciliation? Must it be in reconciliation?” one of them shouts, referring to the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill Democrats have proposed.

Over the noise of the helicopter, it’s difficult to ascertain exactly what Biden says. It’s either, “But must been what,” or, as many believe, “My butt’s been wiped.”

The reporter then clarified, asking whether a pathway to citizenship needed to be in the bill. Biden replied, “There needs to be a pathway to citizenship,” referring to the so-called Dreamers who illegally immigrated to the United States as children. He demurred as to whether it needed to be in the reconciliation bill.

Biden’s comments about immigration were lost in the online discourse, however. People focused on whether the president told the press that his derrière was freshly wiped.

Twitter user Kate Hyde appears to have posted a shortened version of the clip that has since been viewed 1.2 million times.

“Laurel or Yanny?” Hyde captioned it, referencing the infamous debate of 2018 over which word someone was saying on a recording.

Her tweet set off an avalanche of comments. The clip eventually was retweeted by large conservative accounts, some of whose followers urged others to tweet #MyButtsBeenWiped. So many complied that the hashtag started trending.

The debate resurrected references to “Diaper Don,” one of former President Donald Trump’s many nicknames.


While many believe that Biden said his butt had been wiped, others heard, “I must be white” or even “my butt’s been waxed.”

Some said that, particularly if you slow the video down, it’s clear that Biden actually says, “But must been what?” to get the reporter to repeat herself over the noise of the chopper.

Many remain convinced that the president of the United States randomly commented on the state of his backside.

So which is it?

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*First Published: Jul 26, 2021, 1:00 pm CDT