As Democrat presidential front-runner Joe Biden enjoyed ice cream at a Dairy Queen in Pella, Iowa, and then proceeded to speak to a relatively tiny crowd of supporters in Ottumwa, Iowa, over in the state’s capital President Donald Trump made the Earth quake. Almost literally.
“President Donald Trump visited Des Moines, Iowa for a rally Thursday night, January 30, 2020. The more-than-7,000-seat venue was packed, hitting capacity and requiring some people to stand outside after the venue was filled,” Heavy.com reported.
See scenes from the rally below:
#NEW Long Lines For President Donald Trump’s Rally Tonight In Des Moines,Iowa @realDonaldTrump Lines…. “Just Keep Getting Longer”…”Just Keep Getting Longer”
??????#TrumpRally #TrumpRallyIowa #KAG2020 pic.twitter.com/kzGys6zxWp
— Christina Aguayo ??America’s Daily Report (@TinaAguayotv) January 30, 2020
Rally crowd waiting on Trump in Iowa pic.twitter.com/vcF2XWvzAg
— Will Steakin (@wsteaks) January 30, 2020
2+ hours out from @realDonaldTrump scheduled remarks and it’s already standing room only, shoulder to shoulder.
Another day, another Trump rally ? pic.twitter.com/EHJnPtkO7Z
— Jordan Parker (@jordanparker_) January 30, 2020
Knapp Center at Drake in Des Moines that’s hosting the Trump rally this evening appears to be at capacity — they aren’t letting anymore people in. pic.twitter.com/pE6KMccYVl
— Caroline Cummings (@CaroRCummings) January 30, 2020
Russian bots cheer as Trump invades Iowa pic.twitter.com/B6LUFzcvkV
— Jack Posobiec?? (@JackPosobiec) January 31, 2020
— Rachel DrozeTV (@RachelDrozeTV) January 31, 2020
“It’s gonna take four more years to drain that swamp!” said @VP Pence.
— Eva Andersen (@EvainIowa) January 31, 2020
Oh they are. Losing has become a habit with democrats these last 3 years. Russia, Kavanagh, impeachment. Here’s a picture of the Iowa Rally that Biden is having….oh no! That’s Trump! pic.twitter.com/Tqdx0ajQcW
— josh (@schovillejosh) January 31, 2020
Democratic presidential candidates did not make the front page of the Des Moines Register four days out from the Iowa caucuses. pic.twitter.com/2i055UBSqb
— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) January 31, 2020
This footage contrasts sharply with what was seen over in Biden’s neck of the woods.
As the president’s rally was on the verge of beginning, over in Pella former VP Biden reportedly stopped at a Dairy Queen to answer some questions and lick (and perhaps even sniff) some ice cream.
.@JoeBiden takes questions from the press at a Dairy Queen in Pella, IA
Doesn’t confirm/deny reports of caucus night alliances w/ Yang/Klobuchar pic.twitter.com/JIPdzJ6LEF
— Johnny Verhovek (@JTHVerhovek) January 30, 2020
Biden also shared a personal moment with the owner of the Dairy Queen who told him that she has 2 sons in the Marines, one who is shipping off to Okinawa shortly pic.twitter.com/CHItWacawX
— Johnny Verhovek (@JTHVerhovek) January 30, 2020
The excitement continued as Biden then reportedly stopped by a Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW) post in Ottumwa for a meeting with a few dozen supporters.
.@JoeBiden stops by a VFW post in Ottumwa, IA
Jokes he’s really surprised how interested Republicans are in how he does in the Iowa caucuses
“They are really, really concerned…” pic.twitter.com/iCUI351pWv
— Johnny Verhovek (@JTHVerhovek) January 31, 2020
The former VP’s attempts to distract the world from the president’s rally reportedly began earlier that morning.
“Former Vice President Joe Biden will try to deflect some of the attention from President Donald’s Trump’s Thursday evening rally in Des Moines, Iowa, with a pre-rally speech that’s also intended to convince Iowa Democrats that he’s best suited to represent the party’s standard-bearer in November,” Bloomberg reported Wednesday evening.
“The former vice president will speak Thursday morning in Waukee, a Des Moines suburb, hours before Trump’s rally, which comes as he hopes to inspire a strong turnout in Monday’s Republican caucuses as a sign of the party’s strength in the state.”
While that event admittedly attracted a sizable crowd, the crowd still paled in size to the one that came out to see the president later that evening.
WAUKEE, IA — A fired up Joe Biden gets a standing ovation this morning after a stump speech that took on Trump and “the culture of cruelty” the former veep says Trump has created. “Look, I cant hardly wait to debate this man.” pic.twitter.com/nKlSsEaLOm
— Jazmine Ulloa (@jazmineulloa) January 30, 2020
— Astrid Langer (@MarieALanger) January 30, 2020
— Joe Fulford (@janimal45) January 30, 2020
According to critics, the former VP’s recent events in Iowa have also allegedly failed to match those held by fellow 2020 contender Sen. Bernie Sanders, who, despite being in second place nationally, is currently leading the polls in Iowa.
— ? Clark Feels The Bern (@Clarknt67) January 28, 2020
To the left is an image of a Bernie Sanders rally in Iowa. This room was filled up, and overfill room was needed totaling 1400 supporters. To the right, Biden’s Supporters barely fill a funeral home totaling approximately 40. Yet they tell you that Biden is at par with Bernie. pic.twitter.com/mhajzrYcwi
— Dee ?#WeAreJulianAssange ? (@devinedianakin) January 27, 2020
All this comes amid an increase in gaffes and misstatements by Biden.
This Tuesday he told Iowa state representative Ed Fallon to “go vote for somebody else” after Fallon aggressively confronted him about his proposed climate change policies.
And that wasn’t even the first time:
Joe Biden keeps telling us to go vote for somebody else. OK Joe we will.
“Joe Biden doesn’t want our vote” pic.twitter.com/LpYVeJS1sD
— MikeUnleashed ? (@CaccioppoliMike) January 28, 2020
Regardless, if you compare his events to Trump’s events, it seems like many Americans are following his advice to a T … a Trump T, that is.
- ‘That’s genuinely pathetic’: David Hogg’s cicada run-in earns vicious Twitter mockery - June 12, 2021
- Office for victims of illegal alien crime shuttered, replaced with service that caters to them instead - June 12, 2021
- NJ school district strikes holiday names from calendar in attempt to be ‘inclusive and equitable’ - June 12, 2021