Us Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a rally in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 15, 2020.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden traveled to Georgia on Tuesday to campaign for his party’s two Senate candidates. But the crowd at the rally was small, and Biden used the wrong candidate’s name. Many netizens watched the video and asked: Is this the person who got 80 million votes? Where is the audience?
The last two seats in the U.S. Senate will be decided in a reelection in Georgia on Jan. 5, with early voting starting on Jan. 14. On Tuesday afternoon, the two Democratic senate candidates, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, held a rally in an Atlanta parking lot. Biden spoke at the rally as the “president-elect.”
Video and photos of the rally were later posted on social media platforms. The clip shows Biden Shouting as hard as he can, his voice hoarse, as he speaks to a sparse audience in the parking lot. “Where are the people?” one netizen posted sarcastically, reposting a short video shot at the scene. Does this guy have 81 million votes?”
Biden stands for Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff at a campaign event in Atlanta, Georgia, on Dec. 15, 2020.
Twitter user @mulesrule retweeted photos taken at the rally, which also showed a small audience.
“The media is lying to you. They deliberately hid the pitiful event from the public eye. They want you to believe that this old man has 81 million votes!”
Another U.S. user posted a clip of Biden’s speech, prompting others: “Joe Biden was teleprompter defeated again — he said ‘Jon Ossoff’ instead of ‘Jon Orsoff.'”
With republicans leading 50-48 in the Senate, both parties are vying for the last two Senate seats. The state’s two Republican candidates are current U.S. Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.
On Monday, as legal battles raged in a number of key swing states, state electoral college votes were cast. That night, Biden again declared himself “elected” to be the next president and gave a “victory” speech.
Biden’s speech was broadcast live on his private YouTube channel. But it turned out that the highest number of people online was less than 7,000. What, it was asked, was the “president-elect” with 80 million votes?
Biden was also seen coughing during the speech and repeatedly putting his fist in front of his mouth, straining the audience.
Joe Biden coughs as he campaigns for Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in Atlanta, Georgia, on Dec. 15, 2020.
One woman, who claimed to be a doctor, posted on the social media platform that rules about preventing the virus mean you should not cough into your fist, as Biden did, but should cover your cough with your elbow.
Biden later told the press that he had only a slight cold. The Biden campaign also rushed out a statement saying that Biden had recently tested negative for the virus (December 12).