August 21, 2019: Elizabeth Warren released her criminal justice platform. Donald Trump is headlining a fundraiser for Matt Bevin’s gubernatorial reelection campaign in Kentucky.
“The majority of 2020 Democratic candidates are spending most of their time on traditional television and radio interviews. Candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) already have political clout and don’t have trouble getting interviews on The View or Meet the Press.
But for lesser-known candidates, fringe media can be a powerful boost. Andrew Yang’s first major interview came on Joe Rogan’s podcast last February. The Joe Rogan Experience’s channel has over 6 million subscribers, and Yang’s episode surpassed a million views only a few days after it was uploaded to YouTube. After that, Yang’s political profile skyrocketed. In a blog post after the show went up, Yang said the campaign received ‘thousands of new supporters’ and ‘tens of thousands in new donations’ in the wake of the appearance.
‘One friend of mine joked that there will be a ‘“BR (Before Rogan)” and “AR (After Rogan)” phase of the campaign,’ Yang wrote. ‘He’s likely right.’”
– Makena Kelly, The Verge
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Flashback: August 21, 2015
Donald Trump held a rally in Mobile, Alabama, attended by an estimated 20,000 people.