Biden campaign slammed for ad portraying wealthy tech investor as bar owner victimized by Trump’s COVID-19 response

by Peter Heck · Oct 21st, 2020 8:40 am

Last Updated Oct 22nd, 2020 at 5:42 pm

Joe Biden's campaign is facing criticism for a recent TV ad featuring Joe Malcoun as the lowly bar owner of "The Blind Pig." In the ad, Malcoun blasts President Trump's coronavirus response as being responsible for his economic plight he faces.

The ad fails to mention that Malcoun is actually a wealthy tech investor and Biden campaign contributor who actively supported Michigan's Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's controversial stay-at-home orders and business-shuttering policies.

"For 50 years, The Blind Pig has been open and crowded – but right now it's an empty room," Malcoun laments in the ad. "We don't know how much longer we can survive not having any revenue. A lot of restaurants, bars that have been mainstays for years will not make it through this. This is Donald Trump's economy."

But in April, Malcoun actually tweeted his support of Whitmer's stay-at-home orders that forced business closures, saying, "she's doing it right."

Though the ad intentionally depicts Malcoun as an economically devastated small business owner, he inherited so much money from his wife's grandfather that Malcoun told Click on Detroit in a 2018 article that it was like, "winning the lottery." He used that windfall to found CKM Capital Partners in 2013 and landed the status of "angel investor" in local tech companies.

None of these facts were mentioned in the Biden campaign ad.


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