Joe Biden’s Campaign Announced Their Latino Outreach Before They Secured The URL And Twitter Account
On Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden launched the new campaign geared towards mobilizing more Latinos for his election. The campaign is called “Todos Con Biden” (Everyone With Biden) that will hopefully help organize Latino support for the former vice president. The goal of the new initiative was to help grow grassroots support while addressing vital Latino issues like immigration and education reform.
Yet, there was one little issue. Biden’s campaign forgot to register the web URL, Facebook name, and Twitter handle for the new campaign.
It didn’t take long for President Trump to take advantage of the gaffe and troll what many view as his likely political opponent in next year’s election. Trump’s campaign team quickly swooped in a bought up all the digital handles including the Todos Con Biden URL as well as the Facebook and Twitter pages. The pages have now pretty much become home for anti-Biden posts with direct links to Trump’s own Latino outreach campaign.
President Trump saw the opportunity to embarrass his political rival and quickly took advantage of it. When a user goes to todosconbiden.com it shows a message in both English and Spanish: “Oops, Joe forgot about Latinos. Joe is all talk.”
Upon going to the todosconbiden.com web page, a picture of Biden looking down shows up and then redirects visitors to President Trump’s campaign Latino outreach site, “Latinos for Trump.” On the @TodosConBiden Twitter handle, it also includes attacks on Biden and some of his previous political mishaps. According to ABC News, President Trump’s campaign team purchased the URL for a “minimal cost” when they noticed it had yet to be claimed.
When word got out about the trolling, there was a response from the Biden campaign calling out Trump for his attack.
“It is no surprise that Trump’s campaign would resort to childish antics like this to take attention away from this president’s appalling record of separating families and using immigrants as scapegoats, fomenting hatred and white supremacy, and trying to take away health care from millions of Americans who need it,” Isabel Aldunate, deputy director of strategic communications/Hispanic media press secretary for the Biden campaign, told NBC News. “Trump and his allies should be more focused on doing right by the Latino community and our country. It is clear that Trump is afraid to face Vice President Biden next November because he knows Biden’s positive vision for our country will beat him like a drum.”
Biden’s campaign had begun using the hashtag #TodosConBiden on Twitter to slowly roll out the launch of their new outreach strategy but it backfired rather quickly. Online trolls began using the hashtag to mock Biden and fellow Latino Democratic candidate, Julián Castro.
This isn’t the first time that President Trump has attempted to embarrass his political counterparts. It’s also sure to not be his last time.
Trump has previously launched attacks on some of his Democratic rivals. This includes both of the last two primary debates in Ohio and Houston when he paid to have a banner fly above the host cities attacking his potential rivals. Mike Madrid, a veteran Republican political consultant, told ABC News that he shocked to find out about Biden’s team big mistake.
“How the hell are you Joe Biden’s campaign and you don’t lock up the URL before you announce stuff?” Madrid said.
While the gaffe is embarrassing for Biden, many still have questions whether Trump will be able to win over Latino voters with issues like economics. “Anybody who believes that economic numbers are going to motivate Latinos to shift allegiances — that’s an absurd notion,” Madrid said.
During the 2016 election, Trump took 29 percent of the Latino vote compared to the 66 percent that Hilary Clinton did. This is something to note as Latinos are projected to become the largest minority group in the electorate in 2020, with 18.3 percent, surpassing African Americans.
“Joe Biden knows that our diversity is our strength, and as president, he will continue to ensure that all Americans are treated with dignity” Laura Jiménez, Biden’s campaign national Latino vote director told The Hill. “Not scapegoated or used to score political points.”