July23 , 2021

He’s no sell-out: Biden speaks to half-empty room at CNN city corridor

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President Biden on Wednesday spoke to a half-empty auditorium whereas doing a stay CNN “city corridor” occasion in Ohio.

The greater than dozen empty rows weren’t obvious to tv viewers due to flattering pictures that appeared to point out a full, non-distanced crowd packing the entrance rows – in a hanging visible show of normalcy after greater than a yr of COVID-19 restrictions.

However members of the touring White Home press pool shared photographs from the again of the room, revealing that, in actual fact, the venue was removed from packed at Mount St. Joseph College in Cincinnati.

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Bloomberg Information reporter Jennifer Epstein, who traveled with Biden as a consultant of wire providers, tweeted a picture of “[w]hat the Biden CNN city corridor seems like from the again of the auditorium”

Voice of America reporter Steve Herman, the radio pool reporter for the journey, tweeted the same picture exhibiting that the “[b]ack of the auditorium is empty.”

Herman additionally revealed a video exhibiting different angles the place spectators had been lacking from seats.

The picture of empty seats was discordant with Biden’s try and mission confidence in overcoming the coronavirus pandemic, together with his assertion, “this isn’t a pandemic.”

It’s unclear if the room was half-full resulting from issues in regards to the virus or resulting from a scarcity of public curiosity. A White Home official referred an inquiry to CNN.

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CNN spokeswoman Lauren Pratapas instructed The Put up, “This was a typical viewers measurement for a CNN city corridor.” She didn’t elaborate on the rationale for the small crowd measurement.

Former President Donald Trump routinely mocked Biden throughout final yr’s presidential marketing campaign for drawing small audiences – even earlier than the pandemic – in comparison with his personal rallies that typically featured tens of hundreds of fired-up followers.

“Biden involves Florida, you’ve gotten like 12, 13 folks. You understand, they do the circles. And he has a tough time filling up the circles. Right here we most likely have 30,000 folks or so,” Trump instructed a roaring crowd in Jacksonville, Florida, in September.

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