Evan Axelbank at FOX 13 News in Tampa tweeted presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden played right into Trump's hands with a virtual rally held on YouTube that was hampered with technical glitches. Biden fell victim to image and audio glitches, screens going dark, participants appearing and disappearing, and viewers leaving in droves.
"Did they introduce me? Am I on?" Joe Biden asked at the top of the rally after viewers clearly heard an introduction.
"Did they introduce me? Am I on?" Joe Biden asks at the start of his Virtual Rally in Tampa, FL. pic.twitter.com/vx8BEdF9bb— Francis Brennan (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@FrancisBrennan) May 7, 2020
Axelbank tweeted the event reinforced the Trump campaign narrative that Biden's operation is not up to snuff and left him open for questions like: "If he can't run a livestream, how can we expect him to run our country?"
Axelbank wrote the virtual event was a "disaster" and worse than if he hadn't done one at all.
"The candidate’s own audio was going in and out and all glitchy. How can a national campaign allow this to happen? Do they not have Zoom?" the reporter asked on Twitter.
Well this is going to be worse than if he hadn’t done anything. What a disaster of a “rally” that was. @JoeBiden might need to beef this tech operation up— Evan Axelbank Fox13 (@EvanAxelbank) May 7, 2020
Played right into Trump’s hands. Here is part of the Trump campaign response:— Evan Axelbank Fox13 (@EvanAxelbank) May 7, 2020
“If he can't run a livestream, how can we expect him to run our country?"
The screens gone dark for a few minutes now at the Biden "virtual rally in Tampa" and over 500 viewers have left. pic.twitter.com/JRnNrKOG2q— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) May 7, 2020
(UPDATE 5/8/20: The Biden campaign deleted the original video and replaced it: