Only 30 supporters attended an event held by former Vice President Joe Biden, at the same time as the massive rally of President Donald Trump in New Hampshire on Thursday, Aug. 15.
The Eagle-Tribune, a local Massachusetts newspaper, reported Biden’s campaign drew only “about 30 supporters” to attend an event held in Manchester, New Hampshire, at the same time Trump was hosting his rally in the state.
“We are here because we are standing up to hate just down the road,” Biden’s New Hampshire organizing director told the few attendees of the event. “This is our moment, our chance. We need to talk to people now about what [Joe Biden] can do.”
Biden did not attend the event himself, but the small crowd still chanted ‘Go, Joe! Go, Joe!’ in unison.
In contrast, President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday night to show off a picture of a tremendous crowd outside his campaign arena in New Hampshire.
A lot of people had their tickets but could not get in a packed arena that has a capacity of nearly 12,000 seats.
“Look at the tremendous overflow at packed arena in New Hampshire last night. Sorry we couldn’t get you in, will be back soon!” President Trump tweeted.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2019
Besides those inside the venue, the fire marshal estimated that there were at least 8,000 to 9,000 more people watching the rally from outside the arena.
At the rally, President Trump drew a sharp contrast between himself and the former Vice President Joe Biden.
“Is there anything better than a Trump rally?” Trump asked the crowd, drawing cheers.
“What about a ‘Sleepy Joe Biden’ rally?” he then asked, drawing laughs. “I think Sleepy Joe may be able to limp across the finish line. But today they announced that they’re going to cut way back on his appearances because he is such a disaster,” according to Fox News.
Biden was confronted by a week of negative attention surrounding verbal slip-ups, which some noticed were common throughout his long political career.
Biden recently claimed to support “truth over facts” during a speech at the Iowa State Fair. In response, Trump tweeted last week: “Does anybody really believe he is mentally fit to be president? We are ‘playing’ in a very big and complicated world. Joe doesn’t have a clue.”
The New York Times reported that former president Obama once advised Biden that he shouldn’t run in 2020.
“You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t,” Obama told Biden early in 2019. The Times reported that Obama “took pains to cast his doubts about the campaign in personal terms.”