Biden debate gaffe sends audiences in digital circlesBy Blair Morris
August 22, 2019
By Elizabeth Culliford
SAN FRANCISCO, July 31 (Reuters) – Minutes after Democratic governmental front-runner Joe Biden bungled his closing declaration in Wednesday’s argument by telling citizens to go to a campaign site that did not exist, an university student was using the URL for a spoof election bid.
Biden misspoke by directing audiences to “go to Joe30330” instead of “text JOE to 30330,” triggering a flurry of jokes on Twitter about the 76- year-old’s ineptitude with technology and a digital race to buy similar domain.
Josh Fayer, a 21- year-old public relations trainee at Syracuse University in New york city, said he had actually simply stopped viewing the dispute when a pal texted to say he had bought the domain name the previous vice president pointed out.
They chose to redirect it to Fayer’s parody governmental campaign website: “Josh for America,” which Fayer stated he launched as an April Fool’s joke this year.
Fayer’s website introduces him as “the very first Gen Z’er to declare candidacy for this workplace” and includes a video that stated his platform of “no research in college.”
” I don’t have any wider ambitions for a fake exploratory committee,” he joked to Reuters in a phone interview. “I didn’t submit any of the documentation.”
Fayer said his parody election quote initially garnered only a couple of retweets however that his website had more than 53,000 views just minutes after the argument in Detroit finished.
He stated he did not want to endorse any presidential prospect. However late on Wednesday, his site’s donate button sent out visitors to a page inviting them to “contribute to our excellent friend Pete Buttigieg’s project.”
The campaign for Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is among Biden’s competitors for the 2020 Democratic governmental election, did not right away react to a request for comment. A similar domain, joe3030 com, likewise was directing individuals to Buttigieg’s campaign website.
It appears that Biden suggested to direct voters to his project’s texting platform, a popular digital fundraising strategy. Without discussing the gaffe, the @JoeBiden Twitter manage sent the appropriate call to action in a tweet immediately following the dispute.
Yet another similar URL, joe33030 com, directed individuals on Wednesday to Biden’s main project website.
A spokesman for the Biden project declined to comment.
( Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford; Modifying by Colleen Jenkins and Peter Cooney)