On Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announced that his campaign would be launching a new effort to garner Latino support for his election.
ABC News reports Biden called the new effort: “Todos Con Biden,” which the campaign said was a “national network of Latino supporters” which would help get Biden elected.
But, moments after Biden announced his new Latino voter coalition, the Trump campaign swooped in and successfully purchased the URL that he was wanting to use.
To make matters worse for Biden, the Trump campaign also created a Twitter account with the user handle that Biden was reportedly intending to use.
As a result, the Trump campaign—not Biden’s—gets to dictate the content that appears on the site and the account.
SCOOP: The Trump campaign bought the URL for @JoeBiden's new Latino voter coalition and is using it to mock him with a landing page that says in both English and Spanish, "Oops, Joe forgot about Latinos."
— Will Steakin (@wsteaks) October 23, 2019
From ABC News:
The Biden campaign failed to purchase www.todosconbiden.com, or even lock down the @TodosConBiden Twitter handle before announcing the new effort — prompting the president’s reelection team to do what it does best: troll.
Now, the Trump campaign is using www.todosconbiden.com to mock the former vice president, with a landing page that says in both English and Spanish, “Oops, Joe forgot about Latinos.” The page also links out to the president’s own Latino outreach coalition “Latinos for Trump.” And the @TodosConBiden Twitter account, in the possession of the Trump campaign, has already begun posting unflattering counter messaging targeting Biden.
The reelection team told ABC News they bought the URL for a “minimal cost” after the Trump campaign’s coalition team noticed the URL for the new effort was still up for grabs.
“The Biden campaign continues to be inept with a deeply flawed candidate,” Deputy Communications Director Erin Perrine told ABC News. “Latinos are thriving under President Trump and now thanks to the Biden camp, people can find out more about that success at www.todosconbiden.com.”
Joe Biden launched his Latino coalition today but forgot to register the web address.
Don't worry Joe, we took care of it for you!https://t.co/FV05VpaOEK
— Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TrumpWarRoom) October 23, 2019
In response, the Biden campaign called the actions “childish” and said the Trump campaign was looking to use the publicity “to take attention away from this President’s appalling record of separating families and using immigrants as scapegoats.”
Isabel Aldunate, Biden campaign Deputy Director of Strategic Communications and Press Secretary for Hispanic Media, said: “It is no surprise that Trump’s campaign would resort to childish antics like this to take attention away from this President’s appalling record of separating families and using immigrants as scapegoats, fomenting hatred and white supremacy, and trying to take away health care from millions of Americans who need it.”
ABC News reports the focus on the Latino community as a voter base comes as it is projected to become the largest voting minority group in 2020. They will make up 18.3 percent of the voter base, passing African Americans for the top-spot.