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Though presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden currently leads in America’s unreliable national polls, his events seem to tell a different story.
During one Biden campaign event this week in Darba, Pennsylvania, the lack of enthusiasm was so unmistakable that even The New York Times took note.
According to Times reporter Lisa Lerer, Biden “arrived with such little fanfare that I didn’t even notice him enter the room. There was no introduction by an organizer to pump up a crowd that wasn’t there, as is typical with campaign events.”
“He just stood behind a lectern, pasted with the placard ‘Reopen Right: Safer and Stronger,’ and began reading a speech off the teleprompters, assailing President Trump.”
Really? Well, two can play that game. Observe how President Donald Trump responded once word of Biden’s event reached him:
Joe Biden’s rally. ZERO enthusiasm! pic.twitter.com/IB2BrrmTPH
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2020
Was he wrong? Not according to Lerer.
“Over the course of my career covering politics, I have attended hundreds of presidential campaign events,” she wrote. “I’ve never been to one anything like Joe Biden’s economic address in the Philadelphia suburbs today.”
“There was no soundtrack of carefully selected, inoffensive pop music blasting in the background. No reporters fighting over power outlets and positioning. No rope line for the candidate to walk, shaking hands and snapping selfies. Oh, and hardly any voters.”
To be fair, it appears the event may have been designed like this?
“About 20 handpicked local officials, small-business owners and reporters sat in folding chairs, each placed within a large white circle taped on the floor of a recreation center to maintain — or at least encourage — social distancing,” Lerer reported.
It’s not clear though whether that means only the “20 handpicked” attendees were allowed to participate.
What’s known is that it was during this event that Biden delivered one of the most lethargic, low-energy closings ever in speech history.
— Abigail Marone (@abigailmarone) June 17, 2020
“Wake up, get to work, there’s so much to be done,” he said excruciatingly slowly as seconds of the American people’s lives ticked away.
He then allowed a couple more lengthy seconds of the American people’s lives to tick away before quietly whispering, “Thank you.”
It took him about 15 seconds to say 13 words, giving him a talking speed of 52 words per minute. That’s 118 fewer wpm than the speaking rate employed by motivational speaker Simon Sinek during his 2009 TED Talk, “How great leaders inspire action,” *cough*, according to data collated by VirtualSpeech.
Below are more comparisons:
Watch the full speech below:
Meanwhile, as Biden was barely speaking in Pennsylvania, thousands of Trump supporters were beginning to amass in Tulsa, Oklahoma for a much-anticipated rally scheduled for Saturday.
As of early Saturday morning, the Trump campaign had reportedly received at least a million ticket requests and sold at least 800,000 tickets, according to tweets from both the president and his 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale.
Almost One Million people request tickets for the Saturday Night Rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2020
Just passed 800,000 tickets. Biggest data haul and rally signup of all time by 10x.
Saturday is going to be amazing! https://t.co/u2tQ812odW
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) June 14, 2020
The difference in enthusiasm between the president’s rally and Biden’s “sleepy” event extends to the digital world as well.
After signing up for both Trump and Biden’s respective campaign apps, David Weigel of The Washington Post penned a report last month comparing the two.
“Over the next few days, it was easy to forget that the Biden app existed,” he wrote. “Push texts were infrequent, and unlike the Trump app, the Biden app didn’t let me track virtual campaign events. (That was on the website.)”
“TeamJoe offered me a few options and news items, all of which directed me from the app back to the campaign website. For 24 hours, the top news item was a new Biden campaign pledge, which I could take, committing myself to ’empathy,’ ‘keeping the faith,’ ‘humility,’ and ‘no malarkey,’ among other nice things. If I wanted to volunteer, the app made it easier, but not addictive.”
Trump’s app, on the other hand, offered him a vastly improved experience.
“A news feed let me read the latest messaging, just as it would appear to a reporter on the media list, or the campaign’s curated tweets, which prioritized big names like campaign manager Brad Parscale,” Weigel explained.
“An ‘engage’ button educated me on ways to ‘fight with President Trump,’ from hosting a ‘MAGA Meet Up’ to joining the campaign finance committee as a high-dollar bundler. Sharing the app with a friend would award me 100 points, while sharing any news item to Twitter or Facebook would give me a single point. A good prize, like expedited entry at any to-be-scheduled rallies, cost 25,000 points.”
Don’t take our word for it, read an actual review.
Trump app is engaging ,fast-paced & responsive (Great job @GaryCoby!)
Biden app is sleepy like Joe.
In the App Stores now!https://t.co/hfKFAoRRRI
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) May 7, 2020
What remains to be seen is whether the president’s overwhelming advantage enthusiasm-wise is enough to secure him re-election in five months.
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