Several recent news stories have highlighted the surplus of funds being used to flood the airwaves with campaign ads for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden — but that does not necessarily mean the last-minute spending blitz will pay off on Election Day.
In fact, the Biden campaign was forced to pull one of its video spots from social media this week after a man featured therein was outed as a rich investor instead of the struggling bar owner he portrayed himself to be, as reported by the New York Post.
“Donald Trump’s economy”
The advertisement in question included comments from Michigan business owner Joe Malcoun, who attributed his supposed financial straits to the policies of President Donald Trump.
“We don’t know how much longer we can survive not have any revenue,” he said. “This is the reality of Trump’s COVID response.”
Going on to bemoan “Donald Trump’s economy” despite mounting evidence that the U.S. is bouncing back from pandemic-related shutdowns, Malcoun concluded that he is “angry” and encouraged viewers to vote for Biden.
“My only hope for my family and this business and my community is that Joe Biden wins this election,” he said.
Perhaps his emotional plea swayed a few voters willing to overlook some inconvenient facts, but it did not take long for his entire narrative to fall apart at the seams.
Locals shed light on reality
Malcoun did own the Ann Arbor bar called the Blind Pig, and it did shut down during the pandemic, but his Ann Arbor neighbors soon exposed much of the rest as pure fabrication.
Far from the hand-to-mouth entrepreneur depicted in the Biden ad, those who knew him in the community said he became rich after receiving an inheritance and built on his fortune by investing in startup tech firms.
Furthermore, local media reports indicate he voluntarily shuttered the Blind Pig earlier this year even though ordinances would have allowed him to continue operating.
In the grand scheme of things, a misleading narrative in an online campaign ad might not be a huge campaign issue.
With just days until the votes are tallied, however, Biden can hardly afford any additional focus on dishonesty as he tries to skirt increased scrutiny of his apparent involvement in his son’s foreign business dealings.