Most popular president ever! Joe Biden’s CNN Town Hall is missing something really important

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President Joe Biden participated in a CNN-hosted “presidential” town hall Wednesday evening, but something about it was notably off.

Held in an auditorium at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio, the town hall was awfully “uncrowded” given that Biden won the election with reportedly 80 million votes last year, and given also that the coronavirus pandemic is slowly screeching to a halt.

According to reports, half of the auditorium seats were completely empty. What’s unclear is whether this was because of a lack of interest or because of CNN.

See scenes from the town hall below courtesy VOA News reporter Steve Herman:

According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, fewer than 500 people — all of them reportedly invited by CNN — attended the town hall.

“Students, teachers, business owners and a few local politicians were among the few hundred allowed into the auditorium at Mount St. Joseph University in suburban Cincinnati to see Biden in person,” the paper reported.

What’s known is that CNN “had reached out to various organizations, including labor unions, local colleges and business organizations who sent messages asking people to apply,” according to the Enquirer.

What’s not known is how many applied and how many — if any — CNN rejected. Perhaps thousands applied, but CNN only chose to let in a few hundred. Or perhaps only a few hundred applied, and CNN was forced to have a near-empty town hall.

Because of Biden’s history of attracting small crowds during the 2020 presidential election, the assumption among his critics is, of course, that nobody had been interested in listening to him speak incoherently for an hour.

Meanwhile, Biden’s defenders predictably lashed out at Herman of VOA News for simply pointing out that half of the auditorium had been empty.

They claimed that America’s still “in a pandemic,” and that’s why so few people had attended the town hall.

Look:

But there’s a problem with this excuse.

The pandemic is effectively over for the 56 percent of Americans ages 12 and up who’ve been fully vaccinated. And the proof of this can be seen at the town hall itself, where the participants are all seated right next to one another — and with no masks.

It’s also perfectly demonstrated by what happened in Wisconsin this week when tens of thousands of NBA fans gathered unmasked for game 6 of the NBA finals.

Look:

Yet Biden’s town hall looked as if it contained a couple hundred participants max? Something about that just doesn’t seem to make sense …

Vivek Saxena

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