Biden makes virtual campaign stop in Wisconsin with pair of online events.

Author: Sam Buisman

The former vice president hosted an online table “in La Crosse” and a virtual rally “in Milwualkee.” Photo: Screenshot from joebiden.com.
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Author: Sam Buisman

Joe Biden hosts two online campaign events targeting La Crosse and Milwaukee voters in a virtual visit to Wisconsin.

The former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee hosted an online roundtable billed as “in La Crosse, WI” Wednesday morning before appearing at a virtual rally “in Milwaukee, WI,” in the afternoon. Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the Biden campaign has substituted traditional rallies and appearances for online events like these to prevent large gatherings.

In the morning roundtable, Biden discussed rural and agricultural issues with Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind, whose district includes the city of La Crosse.

During the afternoon rally, Biden addressed the damage COVID-19 has inflicted on Wisconsin and the nation, using it as a sticking point to criticize Donald Trump’s presidency. 

“The losses are staggering, and it’s frustrating,” said Biden during the rally, “but more than that, it’s heartbreaking to think about how much pain could have been avoided if Trump had wasted less time, and he moved quicker.” 

Biden spent the back half of the rally attacking the President’s trade war with China for harming small farmers and his larger economic plan as oligarchical.

According to the Biden campaign, the online rally garnered over 23,000 virtual attendees over multiple steaming platforms.

The Wisconsin Republican Party addressed Biden’s virtual visit through a press release, arguing Biden’s agenda is ill-fitting for Wisconsin.

“Try as he might to pander to Wisconsinites from his basement, Joe Biden is incredibly out of touch with the needs of Wisconsin families,” wrote Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Andrew Hitt. “Wisconsin needs President Trump’s continued leadership in the White House to get us through the COVID-19 pandemic and back to prosperity.”

While the 2020 Democratic primary is technically still ongoing, all other viable candidates except Biden have dropped out, almost guaranteeing him the party’s nomination at this summer’s Democratic National Convention.

The Biden campaign has shifted to vitrual campaign events amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Youtube screenshot.