On Tuesday, October 13, former Vice President Joe Biden held two socially distanced rallies in Broward County, Florida. Biden’s first rally was at Pembroke Pines in Broward County as he visited senior voters, the Sun Sentinel reported. After that rally, he held a drive-in rally in Miramar.
How many attended the events? Here’s a look at crowd photos and what happened at each.
About 60 People Attended His Pembroke Pines Event, Where Attendees Were in Socially Distanced Seats
At Pembroke Pines, Biden had choice words about President Donald Trump. He said that Trump was hosting “superspread parties” and that it was clear Trump’s “arrogant, reckless COVID response caused one of the worst tragedies in American history.”
The Sun Sentinel reported that there were about 60 people at his event at Southwest Focal Point Community Center, which included reporters and staff. Social distancing was enforced, with attendees seated inside circles marked on the floor, all attendees wore masks and everyone had their temperature taken before attending the event. Biden wore his mask while speaking for about 30 minutes, the Sun Sentinel noted.
During his Pembroke Pines event, Biden said he prayed for Trump’s recovery: “I prayed that him coming out of this would change something,” reported Nicole Sganga of CBS News.
The Tampa Bay Times reported that there were about 75 people waiting outside the event.
Sganga shared a tweet pointing out the difference between Biden and Trump events in the same state, where Biden focused on social distancing and Trump focused on crowd sizes.
Here’s another photo, showing the circles drawn to help people socially distance themselves.
About 60 Cars Attended His Drive-In Rally in Miramar
About 60 cars attended Biden’s drive-in rally later October 13 in Miramar at Memorial Regional Park, the Sun Sentinel reported.
Biden shared this video from the event:
Biden told the crowd: “Here in Florida, you can determine the outcome of this election. We win Florida and it’s all over.”
Local 10 reported that both Broward County events were invitation-only. Anthony Man of the Sun Sentinel said on Twitter that the event was much like a drive-in theater, and people could tune into the speeches on their radios.
Here are more photos from Biden’s drive-in rally.
Supporters were enthusiastic, and many stayed socially distant from others.
Biden addressed the crowd, gathered in parked cars for the event.
Many carried signs while keeping their distance.
In the photo below, you can see one of the signs that supporters carried. This one reads: “Biden Harris Report Card.”
Sophia Hidalgo, pictured below, decorated her car for the event.
Many supporters brought flags or decorated their cars for the drive-in rally.
Biden’s campaign has been adamant about social distancing. In early October, Bernie Sanders held a series of in-person rallies for Biden. At one in New Hampshire, which strictly enforced social distancing, Fox News noted that Sanders said about the event: “Maybe some Republicans will make fun of us for this event. We limited attendance. We, as you can see, spaced out. No one was let in without wearing a mask. That’s what we believe. And I think we’re right on that.”
That event was also attended by about 60 people. That same week, Sanders hosted two rallies for Biden in Michigan. The first allowed 25 people inside, with about 60 outside, and the second was a drive-in rally with about 180 cars present.