Biden draws anemic crowds in Iowa, while thousands flock to Trump rallies

With the Senate impeachment trial still ongoing, three top contenders for the Democrats’ 2020 presidential nomination — Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) — all remain stuck in Washington D.C., unable to hit the campaign trail in the crucial final days before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3.

Their absence gives the frontrunner candidate former Vice President Joe Biden a substantial advantage — an advantage that doesn’t seem to be helping much. Attendance at Biden’s recent Iowa events has reportedly been sparse, according to the National Review’s John McCormack — and it compares badly with President Donald Trump, who regularly rallies thousands of enthusiastic supporters.

Biden events get few attendees

While both Biden and fellow candidate Pete Buttigieg have free-range across the state of Iowa to campaign in the absence of the trio of senators, it doesn’t appear that either have fully taken advantage of that unique opportunity.

At least, that is a conclusion that can be drawn from the decidedly less than impressive crowds those two candidates drew for their recent events

National Review’s Washington correspondent John McCormack shared pictures from a Biden event outside of Des Moines on Thursday morning that garnered what looks to be only a few dozen supporters, with McCormack suggesting the number of Iowans and journalists in attendance was about equal.

Later in the afternoon, Biden held another event in Newton, Iowa, that appeared to be just as lightly attended as the Des Moines event earlier in the day.

Some supporters who are counting on Biden’s perceived ability to take on Trump and appeal with older Democratic voters are getting concerned about the lack of enthusiasm, The Hill reported on Friday.

McCormack also noted that Buttigieg faced a similar problem with a pair of events his campaign held in Marshalltown, Iowa, and then later in Ankeny, a suburb of Des Moines.

A photo from the Marshalltown event showed only a couple of dozen people in attendance, and though the former mayor drew a bigger crowd that evening on the outskirts of Des Moines, the reporter noted that he’d learned the maximum capacity of the venue was 600 people.

Trump draws thousands

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump held one of his trademark rallies in Des Moines on Thursday, and as expected, there were thousands of people packed inside the arena and thousands more in an overflow crowd outside.

The president tweeted a photo of the crowd on Thursday:

While crowd size obviously isn’t everything, it sure is indicative of the level of excitement around a candidate. There’s no question that Trump’s supporters are excited and motivated. In comparison, Biden and Buttigieg have a long way to go.

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