While thousands of supporters showed up for President Donald Trump’s first campaign rally following his COVID-19 diagnosis, some pro-Trump voters also arrived on the scene of a recent event held for Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
The former vice president was in Ohio on Saturday, but he was met with hecklers who were there to support the president, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
“Could be a vulnerability”
As NBC News correspondent Marianna Sotomayor tweeted, the scene in Toledo included a number of pro-Trump flags, signs, and attire.
That counterdemonstration was set up some distance from Biden’s campaign event, but their message was clear.
“Dozens of Trump supporters were loudly changing a mix of ‘Four more years,’ ‘Trump,’ and ‘USA’ throughout the event, growing louder anytime [Biden] mentioned the president,” Sotomayor added.
The contrast with Trump’s turnout on Monday in Sanford, Florida, appears to be further evidence of an oft-reported enthusiasm gap between supporters of the two presidential candidates.
“We really think that Biden’s enthusiasm gap could be a vulnerability,” explained Tara McGowan, CEO of the Democratic Party-aligned PACRONYM, in July.
“Stepped in and rescued the automobile industry”
Despite the distraction, Biden stayed on-message during his Ohio stop, describing Trump as “panicked” and asserting that “his reckless personal conduct since his diagnosis has been unconscionable.”
According to CBS News, Biden also attempted to tout his own economic record while downplaying the successes of his rival.
“We stepped in and rescued the automobile industry — General Motors and Chrysler — saving one million jobs,” he said. “And then what happened when Donald Trump came to office?”
With Trump posting a slim lead in Ohio according to the latest CBS News Battleground Tracker, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien offered a dismissive take on Biden’s recent event: “We are quite happy to see Joe Biden wasting a valuable day on the campaign trail in a state that he won’t win in three weeks.”
The 2016 election proved that polls are far from a reliable predictor of Election Day results, but the consistent level of enthusiasm among Trump’s supporters might just translate to another four years in the White House.