Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is facing a tremendous amount of backlash after his campaign was caught in a major lie related to an ad they decided to release.
Last Thursday, the Biden campaign released an ad featuring a Michigan bar owner pretending to be an “average Joe” claiming that “a lot of restaurants and bars that have been mainstays for years” will go out of business unless Biden is elected.
Joe Malcoun, the man featured in the ad and the co-owner of the bar, the Blind Pig, claims that the bar is struggling due to President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 response.
The truth was revealed about Malcoun, however, when the Washington Free Beacon revealed that he’s not exactly who the Biden campaign is making him out to be.
According to the outlet, Malcoun is actually a “wealthy tech investor whose startup was seeded by a large family inheritance.”
In 2018 Malcoun was interviewed on a local NBC affiliate called Click on Detroit. In the interview, Malcoun explains how he received a large inheritance from his wife’s grandfather nearly a decade ago, an inheritance he said was “almost like winning the lottery.” He used that money to become a prominent “angel investor” in Michigan.
“Usually you become a CEO and you make money, and then the money allows you to become an angel investor first,” he said in the 2018 interview. “I happened to have different circumstances where I had money [first].”
Malcoun founded CKM Capital Partners in January 2013, his LinkedIn shows. He went on to invest in “several local tech companies” and became “the go-to guy when it came to seeking investments” in Michigan, according to Click on Detroit.
Malcoun has also served as CEO of customer relationship management service Nutshell since 2014. The company has since received at least $5.5 million in venture capital investments, according to his Crain’s Detroit “40 under 40” profile.
In 2016, Malcoun cofounded Cahoots, a self-described “hub” and “co-working space” for tech companies in the state. The venture saw Malcoun put up the funds necessary to purchase three office buildings in Ann Arbor, according to his Click on Detroit interview.
The Biden campaign’s choice of Malcoun for this particular type of ad reveals just how out of touch the Democratic nominee and his team are with the American people.
According to the Free Beacon, Malcoun also previously blamed the bar’s low business on communication issues.
“There weren’t a lot of people showing up, which is frankly what we wanted and expected,” he said in an interview with MLive. “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.”
On top of all of that – Michigan has endured some of the most restrictive lockdowns thanks to Democrat governor Gretchen Whitmer – making it odd for Malcoun to blame President Trump for slow business.
Biden has promised to do “whatever it takes” to stop the coronavirus, including a national shutdown order that would ravage the U.S. economy. President Trump on the other hand, has actively refused to institute such an economy-destroying order.
In addition, Biden has promised to enact policies that would hurt small businesses like the Blind Pig, including tax hikes and changes to the energy industry that would raise energy costs.