(UnitedVoice.com) – In what looked more like a Trump campaign rally than a Biden event, Lancaster, PA, was at the center of the 2020 presidential election on Thursday, June 25. Former Vice President Joe Biden was in town to talk with less than 12 people in a private campaign event about the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
If yesterday is a sign of what’s to come, Pennsylvania may be solidly red again in 2020. If that happens, Trump will most likely win the Electoral College.
Biden had a particularly tough day on Thursday and it doesn’t bode well for the lack of enthusiasm that already exists on the Democratic side. In the Pennsylvania primary on June 6, Republicans cast 861,000 ballots for Trump and 734,000 Democrats voted for Biden. In Beaver County, Democrats outnumber Republicans by 10,000 registered voters, yet Republicans outperformed them.
There were no statewide elections for Republicans, unlike Democrats, and they had no real reason to vote. Campaign officials told me they are seeing the enthusiasm for Trump even more now than they did in 2016.
I live in Lancaster County. I was there on Thursday as Trump supporters lined the streets to rally for Trump. A Trump/Pence 2020 truck joined them to greet Biden, and his campaign staff must have been wondering where their crowd was. It didn’t escape Trump supporters that there were no Democratic supporters to be found, just a dozen or so protestors from Black Lives Matter were present to share their viewpoints.
The Pro-Trump supporters outside of Joe Biden’s Lancaster, PA event have been joined by a truck. pic.twitter.com/wPADnQgcEt
— Pat Ward (@WardDPatrick) June 25, 2020
As cars drove by, they honked, waved, offered a smile, and a thumbs up. African Americans and Hispanics drove by expressing their support. Even city workers got in on the action. I have to admit, I was pleasantly amazed by the positive and energetic atmosphere. It was no surprise we were there and I expected trouble to materialize. It didn’t happen.
Biden Commits Significant Gaffe: Bars Local Media
In what appeared to be more of a basement campaign event, Biden’s campaign team barred the local media from participating. The local newspaper and TV stations were prevented from taking part or asking the former vice-president any questions. The one exception was one local news channel being allowed to interview Biden afterward.
In what appears to be a continuing trend, Biden made a significant gaffe and, in the process, helped make the economic argument for President Trump saying, “People don’t have a job, people don’t know where to go, they don’t know what to do. Now we have over 120 million dead from COVID.”
That’s 1,000 times greater than the real number of deaths. It led the Republican National Committee’s rapid response director to tweet:
WHAT IS GOING ON WITH JOE BIDEN?
Joe Biden just said, "Now we have OVER 120 MILLION dead from COVID." pic.twitter.com/QBQTDyzzZt
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) June 25, 2020
PA Trump Campaign Excited
I had a chance to speak to several of Trump’s camp field staff who put together the rally. They said that at event after event across the state, the same experiences were playing out: Trump supporters were showing up, and Democrats weren’t. To this point, they’ve conducted some initial outreach and the enthusiasm is off the charts for Trump.
Throughout South Central Pennsylvania, support for Trump is starting to feel like 2016 all over again. Across three counties, yard signs, flags, and banners on buildings are cropping up everywhere. Occasionally, the lone Biden yard sign makes an appearance.
If it weren’t for Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania would be solidly red. If voters in the heart of the state show up again as they did in 2016, Trump will win Pennsylvania again.
If Biden keeps helping Trump every time he opens his mouth, it certainly won’t make it any easier for him. Perhaps the campaign should keep Biden in the basement, so he doesn’t tank his prospects for winning the White House.
But what fun would that be?
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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