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On Wednesday, Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden finally managed to attract a crowd. Unfortunately for him, the crowd wasn’t there to show him love.
According to Politico reporter Christopher Cadelago, the crowd contained Trump supporters who’d dragged out big speakers to blare out audio clips of Biden’s gaffes.
To be fair, there was also a counter-crowd of actual Biden supporters chanting “vote him out” and “four more years of jail” in regard to President Donald Trump.
Outside an Elks lodge, by a train station in Alliance, Ohio, Biden supporters awaiting him chant “vote him out” and “four more years in jail,” while Trump backers drag out big speakers and blare … old audio clips of Biden … pic.twitter.com/6KydmiTMTa
— Christopher Cadelago (@ccadelago) September 30, 2020
According to Fox News producer Pat Ward, the Biden supporters outnumbered the Trump supporters, something which he admitted “has been rare.”
Crowd outside of Alliance, OH train station ahead of Joe Biden arrival. The Biden supporters outnumber the Trump supporters, something that has been rare outside of Biden’s post COVID events (which have been closed to the public). pic.twitter.com/ubT9urZZ1Y
— Pat Ward (@WardDPatrick) September 30, 2020
The dueling crowds had been stationed at an Elks lodge by a train station in Alliance, Ohio, awaiting Biden’s arrival. The arrival was part of a post-debate train tour “touting his economic agenda for working families,” according to his groupies.
JUST IN: @JoeBiden will embark on a train tour after the debate, touting his economic agenda for working families across: Cleveland, OH, Alliance, OH, Pittsburgh, PA, Greensburg, PA, New Alexandria, PA, Latrobe, PA & Johnstown, PA.
— Jill Biden For FLOTUS (@Jillbiden46) September 29, 2020
See more footage, including Biden’s arrival, from before and during the event:
And Joe and Jill Biden board the Amtrak train in Cleveland. Next stop: Alliance, Ohio pic.twitter.com/qsecGvGEy1
— Tyler Pager (@tylerpager) September 30, 2020
— Ed O’Keefe (@edokeefe) September 30, 2020
— Resister YENSID (@magickingdom29) September 30, 2020
— Adam Krajchir 🏊🏻♂️🚴🏃😷 (@adamkrajchir) September 30, 2020
Joe Biden in his natural surroundings … getting off a train in Alliance Ohio. pic.twitter.com/L2DxfhkmHi
— Annie Linskey (@AnnieLinskey) September 30, 2020
“Biden headed out on his most aggressive day on the campaign trail all year, with eight stops planned for his train tour that began mid-morning in Cleveland and was scheduled to end Wednesday night in western Pennsylvania,” Business Journal Daily reported.
“Aboard the six-car train: only the Bidens, their campaign staff and a handful of journalists. The train features a Biden-Harris logo and a sign urging supporters to text ‘Train’ to the campaign to show their support.”
See footage below of the Bidens in the train:
— Students For Trump (@TrumpStudents) September 30, 2020
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 30, 2020
Joe and Jill Biden on their Amtrak train tour, chatting with Ohioans about healthcare and the economy pic.twitter.com/flgCPT6yH8
— Tyler Pager (@tylerpager) September 30, 2020
Notice Biden and his wife wearing masks while sitting by themselves in the train seen above …
The president remarked on this tendency during the presidential debate this Tuesday.
“I think masks are OK. … I wear masks when needed. I don’t wear a mask like him. Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away, and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen,” he said.
Pres. Trump mocks Joe Biden on the issue of masks: “I don’t wear masks like him. Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.” https://t.co/TvGntuNput #Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/5UqrpZtrwH
— ABC News (@ABC) September 30, 2020
The goal of the train tour was to win back working-class voters who’d chosen Trump in the 2016 race. It remains unclear if the Democrat nominee’s efforts will work, though.
Among his stops was Johnson, Pennsylvania, but according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, this region of the country “has been a frequent destination for Trump, too.”
“He held large airport rallies in Latrobe and Pittsburgh this month. Westmoreland County, home to Greensburg and Latrobe, saw the state’s largest net increase in registered Republicans in the last four years, adding about 10,000 voters to GOP ranks,” the newspaper reported Wednesday.
“In Cambria County, home to Johnstown, Democrats outnumbered Republicans by almost 15,000 voters in 2016. Now the county is almost evenly split.”
Will showing up just once and mouthing off a bunch of Democrat talking points win these voters back?
The good news is that Biden is already leading Trump in Pennsylvania, according to polling averages maintained by RealClearPolitics. The bad news is that the polling data was catastrophically wrong in 2016.
Ok this is pretty huge: the NYT says that if polls are as wrong as they were in 2016, Trump will win. This means we should actually assume Biden is losing, not winning. The lead is a mirage based on assuming that the exact same thing we’ve already seen can happen will not happen. pic.twitter.com/OWJ0sGxbZD
— Nathan J Robinson (@NathanJRobinson) September 18, 2020
But by the same token, Biden isn’t nearly as unlikable as then-Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton had been …
These are all over south-central PA. pic.twitter.com/DU7sAQbANS
— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) September 27, 2020
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