Online ratings for the Democratic convention have plunged 48% in comparison to the 2016 Democrat convention, suggesting a general decline in interest in the event and the presidential nomination of career politician Joe Biden.
Only 6.13 million people turned into broadcasts from legacy media platforms CBS, ABC, and NBC, a 48% decline from ratings figures these networks gained from covering the 2016 event.
YouTube streams of the convention have also been flooded with dislikes, with streams from mainstream media organizations receiving more dislikes than likes. The decline in interest has come as Democratic bigwigs such as Bill Clinton, Kamala Harris, Jill Biden, Michelle Obama and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have spoken. The largely digital event has featured streams from various locations across the country, with only Biden slated for an in-person nomination acceptance speech from Milwaukee.
Democratic operatives have claimed that the weak viewership numbers are a result of the convention format.
The decline in interest comes as many Americans have additional free time, with wide swathes of the national population still not working due to the coronavirus pandemic. Even as Americans have more leisure time than in recent memory, they can’t seem to find time for the boring Democratic convention.
The Democratic Party is irrelevant. The appeal of Joe Biden lies solely in that he “isn’t Trump,” and the party isn’t offering anything more than canned platitudes to the nation that would attract attention to its convention.
The Republican Party’s convention will occur next week, with a comparable digital format. It will feature President Donald Trump accepting the nomination for President in a speech on the White House Lawn, and it appears possible to likely that the RNC will crush its Democratic equivalent in viewership and ratings.
WATCH: Joe Biden Struggles to Read Scripted Answers off a Teleprompter During An INTERVIEW
The ultimate scripted candidate.
Joe Biden appeared to use a teleprompter during an interview last week. Not a campaign speech- but an interview!
What is happening here in this interview w/ @JoeBiden? After he says he’ll freeze deportations once becoming president, he tells someone off camera, “I lost that line.” Telemundo’s @jdbalart then tells him “We can talk you and I on that.”
José, was he reading his responses? pic.twitter.com/Yoausx0zTr
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 21, 2020
Biden had to turn to a campaign handler who was directing him off screen, saying that he “lost that line.” Is he a candidate running for President of the United States, or an actor repeating his predetermined lines?
In the interview, Biden told Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart that he wouldn’t deport anyone but convicted felons during his presidency, setting up a de facto open borders system within the United States in which the vast majority of illegal aliens would face no legal consequences for violating immigration laws.
The left-wing open borders pledge on the part of Biden may have been a mistake, with the Democratic nominee incorrectly reading something off of his teleprompter.
It’s seemingly unprecedented for a presidential candidate to use a teleprompter during an interview, in which candidates are supposed to be answering questions from media using their own intuition. Biden has proven to be highly dependent on the use of the speech devices, with images from a teleprompter reflecting onto glass screens that he has held in digital campaign appearances.
Almost all of his campaign appearances that don’t seem highly scripted don’t last very long, with Biden often ending speeches after fifteen or twenty minutes. President Trump gives largely off-the-cuff campaign speeches that last over an hour all the time.
Additional photography of the interview all but reveals that Biden was utilizing a teleprompter during it.
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