Biden-Harris Arizona event fails to draw supporters, Internet mocks 'Are Democrats the new silent majority?'
A presidential campaign close to the election almost always draws significant fanfare – from supporters, protesters, security presence, and of course, the media from major networks who cover the event. However, this was not the case for democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris who had made a stopover in Arizona last week. A news report features KSAZ-TV reporter Nicole Garcia talking about the Biden/Harris event which failed to draw any crowd, The Blaze reports.
In the report, Garcia can be heard saying, "Not a lot of fanfare out here. There's really not much to see. I'll step out of the way, but it's kinda boring out here. So, it's not your typical presidential campaign event; we don't see people rallying outside, we don't see signs or really much of what's going on."
While Garcia spoke, her cameraman turned the camera behind her and showed how there was no one present besides a single lone police vehicle. Garcia then reached out to the Biden campaign about the lack of followers and lack of fanfare around the event.
The campaign revealed how the event had not been widely publicized due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Garcia had reported, "I'm told by one of the local Biden staffers is that they kinda kept the details about the visit, as far as the timing and the exact locations, they didn't really want to give that out to the public, because they want to keep the crowds to a minimum. They realize we are in a pandemic."
"Pretty much all the people that we saw enter into the parking lot about 45 minutes ago were with the Biden/Harris campaign and the pool reporters," she added. "So, you would expect to see — I mean, this is a pretty big event for the two of them to be campaigning together for the first time since the Democratic National Convention. Here in Arizona, our state has established itself as a battleground state, and so this is technically a big event, but not a lot of fanfare." Biden and Harris had been in Phoenix in order to meet with Native American tribal leaders at the Heard Museum and had also launched their 'Soul of the Nation' bus tour though no one was there to celebrate it. Garcia continued, "This is a huge event politically, but you can't tell."
Many social media users commented on the news of the empty campaign with many pointing out how they were very much in support of Biden and Harris. One such user had shared, "Staying at home making calls to elect Biden, Harris, and Democrats up and down the ballot, nationwide." Another user shared, "But Biden is up by 20 points! Are we to believe that democrats are the new silent majority?" Yet another user shared, "Number of White House staff including Donald Trump who have tested positive for coronavirus: 34 Number of campaign staff including Joe Biden who have tested positive for coronavirus: 0."
Staying at home making calls to elect Biden, Harris and Democrats up and down the ballot, nationwide.— SkylarkCO (@co_skylark) October 10, 2020
But Biden is up by 20 points! Are we to believe that democrats are the new silent majority?— American AL 🇺🇸 (@digital_one_) October 12, 2020
Number of White House staff including Donald Trump who have tested positive for coronavirus: 34— Daryl Sturgis✊🏽 (@darylsturgis) October 11, 2020
Number of campaign staff including Joe Biden who have tested positive for coronavirus: 0
Others pointed out how they were wary of the ongoing pandemic. One such user said, "You know Jason, Democrats actually believe in science, and are not eager to expose themselves in a pandemic until they get a vaccine." There were some users who chose to mock Biden and Harris' lack of turnout on Twitter. One such user had written, "No big deal. Joe was probably off his meds and does not know where he is anyhow." Yet another added, "Bahahahaha! Bc Biden is a joke and that ain’t no joke he is running for senator today again?"
You know Jason, Democrats actually believe in science, and are not eager to expose themselves in a pandemic until they get a vaccine.— Vote Dem for the Planet (@Brasilmagic) October 11, 2020
No big deal. Joe was probably off his meds and does not know where he is anyhow.— Ryan Evans (@madeinusax6) October 12, 2020
Bahahahaha! Bc Biden is a joke and that ain’t no joke he is running for senator today again ?— John Foetisch (@JFoetisch) October 13, 2020