The presidential campaign for Joe Biden is looking to quietly shelve a recently released—and immediately retracted—ad that featured a small business owner “struggling” to keep above water under the Trump admin.
The trouble is that Joe Malcoun, the Michigan bar owner featured in the ad, is actually a wealthy tech investor, former CEO, an ACLU board member, and a Biden campaign donor.
According to Fox News, Malcoun also supported Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home orders that kept businesses shuttered longer.
The ad was posted to YouTube on Thursday and aired Sunday on CBS during NFL games. As you can see, however, the video has been quietly taken down from YouTube. Malcoun has also set his tweets to private as of this writing.
In the ad, Fox reports, Malcoun introduces himself as co-owner of The Blind Pig, a bar and music venue in Ann Arbor.
“For 50 years, The Blind Pig has been open and crowded – but right now it’s an empty room,” Malcoun says in the ad. “This is the reality of Trump’s COVID response.”
“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,” Malcoun continued. “There’s no plan, you don’t know how to move forward. It makes me so angry. My only hope for my family and this business and my community is that Joe Biden wins this election. That’s the kind of person we need.”
Understandably, Malcoun doesn’t find the time in the ad to mention that he’d be just fine if the Blind Pig went under.
Back in 2018, Malcoun gave an interview with a local NBC affiliate in which he described becoming a prominent “angel investor” in local tech startups after receiving a large inheritance from his wife’s late grandfather nearly ten years ago. He described the bequest as “almost like winning the lottery.”
“Usually you become a CEO and you make money, and then the money allows you to become an angel investor first,” Malcoun told the outlet at the time. “I happened to have different circumstances where I had money [first].”
In a now-private April tweet, Fox reports, Malcoun also praised Gov. Whitmer, declaring that “she’s doing it right” by continuing the state’s stay-at-home order which forced businesses like his to remain shuttered.
Fox reports that The Blind Pig briefly reopened in June with stringent safety measures, but Malcoun decided at the time to cancel the venue’s roster of summer events.
“Now that we tried it and saw it’s really hard to communicate what it means to have a really socially distanced and live music show, we decided it’s not really worth trying. The very last thing we want is to be the epicenter of a new outbreak,” Malcoun told MLive.
To top it all off, according to Federal Election Commission data, Malcoun donated $5,000 to Biden For President over the summer.
As of this writing, the Biden campaign and Malcoun has not returned Fox News’ request for comment. This will likely just get tossed on the growing pile of campaign gaffes Team Biden would rather not discuss.
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