President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden each held campaign rallies in Michigan this weekend — and according to Breitbart, the difference in turnout was stunning.
The president saw “thousands of supporters,” Breitbart reported, when he appeared Friday “at the Oakland County International Airport in Waterford Township.” The next day, Biden made his first in-person campaign appearance alongside former President Barack Obama in Flint — but to say that “thousands” showed up would apparently be quite the overstatement.
Dems shrug off low turnout
As Breitbart reported, Nine Network Australia’s U.S. correspondent Amelia Adams tweeted out a video of the Biden event on Saturday morning, remarking, “After weeks of attending Trump rallies, I can confirm this is a huge contrast.”
Barack Obama introduces Joe Biden at a drive in rally in Flint, Michigan. After weeks of attending Trump rallies I can confirm this is a huge contrast. @9NewsAUS @TheTodayShow pic.twitter.com/IBDodghTS3
— Amelia Adams (@AmeliaAdams9) October 31, 2020
The footage shared by Adams showed supporters of Biden attending a drive-in event at a Flint high school, where former President Obama also spoke. Although a photo published by Breitbart showed people parked across the street, the turnout was noticeably lower than seen by Trump the day prior.
What’s more, New York Times correspondent Kathy Grant noted that the position of the podium did not seem well-suited for the parking lot event, complaining in a tweet that she couldn’t “quite make out people on the stage.”
But as Breitbart notes, Democrats don’t seem worried about the discrepancy between their rallies and the incumbent president’s. Speaking in Michigan on Saturday, Obama blasted Trump for his focus on the campaigns’ crowd sizes, asking, “Does he have nothing better to worry about? Did no one come to his birthday party when he was a kid? What’s with the crowd size?”
According to Breitbart, Biden also reportedly took a shot at Trump, telling his former running mate, “Mr. President, you’re still driving him crazy because he knows he’s not a patch on your jeans.”
Thousands rally for Trump
Trump, for his part, came out swinging during his Friday rally, explaining to the crowd of Michigan voters that “Sleepy Joe spent 47 years outsourcing your jobs, opening your borders and sacrificing American blood and treasure in endless foreign wars,” as Fox News reported.
“Michigan lost half of its auto jobs thanks to Biden’s NAFTA and China disasters,” Trump added, according to Fox. “Biden embraced the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would have been a death sentence for your auto industry and your state.”
Trump also made a point of touting the U.S.–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), a trade deal that he negotiated as a replacement for NAFTA. The new deal, Trump told Michigan, “is great for you, and your companies.” Meanwhile, he contended, “a vote for Biden is a vote to completely eradicate, I mean you will eviscerate your auto industry. It will be terrible. We worked very hard to bring it back,” Trump said, according to Fox.