When Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, progressive pundits hoped it would excite the party’s base.
As it turns out, however, she was greeted by a paltry crowd while campaigning in the swing state of North Carolina on Wednesday, as reported by Breitbart.
Distanced and dismal audience
Harris arrived in Asheville for a campaign event, touching on common themes such as decrying President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 response, among other things.
“Donald Trump, from his campaign, to the day he was elected, to today, has spent full-time trying to sow hate and division in our country. And, I know the American people want in their president someone who spends their time from their heart and soul unifying the country instead of turning Americans against each other,” she said.
Harris added that she is “supporting a bill in the U.S. Congress for studying the effects of what we know to be institutional and systemic racism in America.”
She went on to address the partisan battle over the confirmation process surrounding Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, which could be over as soon as Monday.
Of course, few supporters were on hand to hear her message. Only about a half dozen were visible in a video feed, according to Breitbart.
“The most far-left agenda”
The Biden campaign has been associated with low-key, socially distanced campaign events throughout the pandemic, contrasted by Trump’s packed crowds and high-energy rallies.
A lack of enthusiasm on display at the Harris event belied the story being told by the polls, which show Biden with a stubborn lead over the incumbent. Trump is trailing Biden by less than two points in the critical swing state, according to the RealClearPolitics average.
Meanwhile, Trump reportedly drew more than 23,000 people to a rally in Gastonia when he was in North Carolina this week. He used the opportunity to slam the Biden campaign for “the most far-left agenda ever put forward by a presidential nominee.”
As for Harris, however, it appears she is not any better at drawing a crowd than “Sleepy Joe” Biden.