Kamala Harris rested hand on Bibles, not a purse, during oath

CLAIM: When Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn into office on Wednesday, she placed a black clutch purse on top of the Bible so she wouldn’t have to touch the holy book.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Photos of the swearing-in ceremony from a different angle show that Harris rested her hand on a Bible, not a purse. The vice president used two Bibles for her oath, one owned by a close family friend and one that belonged to the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

THE FACTS: On Thursday, social media users were sharing a photo from Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony along with claims that Harris avoided touching the Bible during her oath of office.

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