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(Correction: The post originally referenced Joe Malcoun’s grandparents-in-law as his “step grandparents.” This has since been corrected.)
Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign reportedly pulled an ad this week after conservative media sleuths uncovered that it was rooted in blatant lies.
Originally aired on CBS this past Sunday and subsequently amplified by partisan outlets like The New York Times, the ad tried to pin the economic struggles of a still-locked-down bar owner in Michigan on President Donald Trump.
Featured in the ad was Joe Malcoun, the owner of the Blind Pig bar in Ann Arbor.
“For 50 years, the Blind Pig has been open and crowded, but right now it’s an empty room. This is the reality of Trump’s Covid response. We don’t know how much longer we can survive not having any revenue,” Malcoun said in the ad.
— D. W. Jones (@DJones1067) October 19, 2020
But not mentioned in the ad was the fact that, one, Malcoun’s economic woes are the result of Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s draconian, widely-panned lockdown policies, and two, Malcoun isn’t struggling economically.
Far from being an out-of-luck bar owner, Malcoun is essentially a trust fund baby who became a successful “angel investor” in tech startups after he inherited a large sum of money from his wife’s grandparents a couple years back.
“Her grandfather was a very successful real estate investor as a hobby and he lived extremely modestly in Huntington Woods,” he told Detroit station WDIV two years ago.
“But he was a savant business investor. As a result, we realized we had responsibility over a significant estate. We knew there was something but we never knew the extent of it and it was almost like winning the lottery and we were very young. That sounds like nothing but reason to celebrate, but the truth is it was very frightening and overwhelming.”
He added, “Usually you become a CEO and you make money, and then the money allows you to become an angel investor first. I happened to have different circumstances where I had money [first].”
Sometime after he obtained the un-earned money from his grandparents-in-law, he and several “partners” purchased the Blind Pig.
Now fast-forward to last spring, when Whitmer began shutting down the entire state via lockdown orders so draconian they were eventually ruled unconstitutional by the Michigan Supreme Court.
The reality is that Joe Malcoun’s bar @BlindPigAA was shutdown by @GovWhitmer and not President Trump. The truth is that Biden supporters don’t mind lying if their lies can interfere with a free election. Time to boycott Joe and his bar. pic.twitter.com/Tzb9hjRNNB
— @amuse (@amuse) October 20, 2020
When the shutdown began, Malcoun told the Detroit Press that he wasn’t particularly worried about the order because he and his friends had taken over the Blind Pig as just “a passion project.”
“The current owners have other sources of income and took over the venues as ‘a passion project’ in 2017, when the bars faced the prospect of being converted to condominiums, he said,” the Detroit Press reported, quoting Malcoun.
But there’s more.
Despite having attacked the president for the consequences of Democrat-manufactured lockdown policies, it turns out that Malcoun is a supporter of these very same policies.
“Malcoun has also repeatedly praised Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer’s (D.) coronavirus response, saying she ‘is doing it right’ in an April tweet,” the Washington Free Beacon confirmed via a since-deleted tweet.
He also reportedly posted the following in March:
Biden ad featuring Joe Malcoun, part owner of the Blind Pig bar in Ann Arbor, failed to identify him as a wealthy long-time Democrat donor. Detroit Free Press says the bar is a passion project but they have other income sources.
He blamed Trump for Whitmer lockdown he supported. pic.twitter.com/CkMIZWowIn
— Casey Hendrickson (@RealCaseyH) October 20, 2020
But there’s more.
Screenshots from his Facebook page show that he’s a Democrat donor, an Antifa supporter and a nasty person — one who wrote “so maybe I DO believe in a God” after word emerged in March that an attendee of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference had tested positive for the coronavirus.
The guy’s a real piece of work, which might explain why the Biden campaign chose to proudly tout him as one of the good, struggling guys out there.
It may also explain why The New York Times published a still-active piece Monday touting Malcoun’s claims of economic suffering as legitimate and praising Biden for “flipping the script on President Trump.”
According to Fox News, the ad featuring trust-fund baby/Antifa supporter Joe Malcoun is the second ad that the Biden campaign has been forced to pull this week.
“[T]he Biden campaign also pulled a different TV ad after retired Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland raised concerns about depicting any military personnel in uniform in political messaging – for either Biden or President Trump – before Election Day,” Fox reported Tuesday.
“The ad included photos take in Iraq showing Biden walking beside MacFarland, who led the fight against the Islamic State from 2015 until 2016.”
As of Wednesday morning, The New York Times hadn’t reported this, of course. Nor had it reported the truth about Malcoun.
Meanwhile, Malcoun has made his Twitter account private, though it’s done little to stop him from being inundated with backlash.
Look (*Language warning):
Of course @jmalcoun, who owns the @BlindPigAA, is a spoiled rich kid leftist. That’s pretty much all Ann Arbor has – white, entitled trust fund babies who push socialism while living off the capitalism of their parents. https://t.co/rflks8mmFO
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) October 19, 2020
@jmalcoun Is there no bigger piece of shit than someone willing to openly lie about their business failing while businesses are failing. Plus a dipshit Michigander who blames Trump but never mentions Whitmer. Joe, you are the king to Biden’s shit prince.
— ElwaysEgo (@ElwaysE) October 21, 2020
@jmalcoun wow entitled whiner gets caught! Rich guy blames the closure of his bar on Trump instead of his moron governor! Only Dem states remain close! But no one gives a shit about pro sports either anymore (blame the left) so your bar is probably in a bad location anyway!
— k klika (@Momof3boyzNY) October 21, 2020
— Justin Love (@DocLove81) October 21, 2020
Coward @jmalcoun got caught and locked his account
— Laura Norder (@lauranorder7) October 21, 2020
@jmalcoun your arrogance is appalling! On an ad Sunday like you are a struggling bar owner when actually you are wealthy. The fact that you would use other people’s suffering for political gain is sick.#POS
— shleptonic (@shleptonic) October 21, 2020
@jmalcoun why are you on an ad as a struggling bar owner from Michigan when you are actually not struggling, you have plenty of money and a democratic activist. You’re a lying asshat just like Joe Biden.
— shleptonic (@shleptonic) October 21, 2020