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Politics Fact check: Post misrepresents Biden-Harris event turnout in at Phoenix museum

16:15  14 october  2020
16:15  14 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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With that in mind, a television news reporter covering an Arizona rally on Thursday for Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris seemed mystified by the absence of any Biden supporters outside the Heard Museum in Phoenix where the former Vice President was appearing in person.

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Claim: Biden and Harris had a rally in Arizona and no one came

a person wearing a suit and tie walking on a sidewalk: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden walks with Cindy McCain as they visit the Heard Museum in Phoenix on Oct. 8, 2020. © Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden walks with Cindy McCain as they visit the Heard Museum in Phoenix on Oct. 8, 2020.

Voters are comparing the two presidential candidates on a number of issues as Election Day nears. A post on social media claims Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden can’t compete on one issue: event turnout.

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“Embarrassing: Biden-Harris Held Arizona Rally, According to Media, No One Showed,” the Facebook post’s text reads, overlaid on a picture of the two Democratic candidates along with several laughing emoji.

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Similar posts are circulating, and some commenters were quick to believe the claim is true.

“Imagine what they are thinking! The fear! The knowledge they are not going to win!!” one commenter wrote.

“And yet, they are ahead in the polls!” another wrote.

The post’s creator did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

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Event wasn’t a rally, public not invited

The event described in the posts wasn’t a rally. According to local Fox 10’s NEWS NOW reporter Nicole Garcia, Biden and vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris were meeting with local tribal leaders at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, which features American Indian art.

Garcia noted that there was not much “fanfare” outside the museum for the two candidates but said that was an intentional move by the Biden campaign. She said she was told by Biden staffers that the campaign chose to withhold details about the visit, like timing and location, from the public so that the visit would not attract a crowd.

“They want to keep the crowds to a minimum,” Garcia said of the Biden campaign. “They realize we are in a pandemic, and they don’t want a crowd of more than 50 people at any of their events.”

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The photo in one of the posts was a screenshot from Garcia’s reel, after she moved out of the way to show the lack of a crowd at the event.

a person talking on a cell phone: Vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Cindy McCain listen as they visit the American Indian Veterans National Memorial with tribal leaders and veterans at the Heard Museum in Phoenix on Oct. 8, 2020. © Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press Vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Cindy McCain listen as they visit the American Indian Veterans National Memorial with tribal leaders and veterans at the Heard Museum in Phoenix on Oct. 8, 2020.

Not the first low-turnout jab at Biden

As President Donald Trump continues to hold rallies amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the assertion that Biden can’t bring in a sizable crowd has been raised numerous times, including by Trump at the first presidential debate.

The Biden campaign has said it does not support large gatherings due to the danger of coronavirus spread.

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a group of people on a sidewalk in front of a building: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Cindy McCain visit the American Indian Veterans National Memorial with tribal leaders and veterans at Heard Museum in Phoenix, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. © Carolyn Kaster/AP Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Cindy McCain visit the American Indian Veterans National Memorial with tribal leaders and veterans at Heard Museum in Phoenix, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020.

Both Biden and Harris have criticized the president for his rallies.

"Every place I go I’ve got to set an example," Biden said Sept. 10. "That’s why, everywhere I go, I wear this mask, and, everywhere I go, I keep my social distance."

Our rating: Missing context

We rate the claim that Biden and Harris threw a rally in Arizona that no one attended as MISSING CONTEXT, based on our research. The campaign did not plan for the stop to be a rally and withheld details about the event from the public. The claim also ignores the context of the Biden campaign’s stance on large gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our fact check sources:

  • NewsNOW from FOX, Oct. 8, BIDEN & HARRIS visit battleground state AZ
  • Heard Museum's website
  • USA TODAY, Sept. 30, Read the full transcript from the first presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump
  • USA TODAY, Sept. 29, Fact check: Biden campaign events portrayed as small lack context of COVID-19 guidelines
  • Kamala Harris' Twitter, Sept. 18
  • USA TODAY, Sept. 13, Trump rallies 2.0: Behind the curtain at the president's campaign events in the COVID-19 era

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