“Best” lines of this week’s Dem Debates:
Tuesday night debate:
Marianne Williamson: “Yada yada yada”
Wednesday night debate:
Joe Biden: “Go to Joe 30330”
Bill de Blasio: “When I am president, we will even up the score and we will tax the hell out of the wealthy.”
Kirsten Gillibrand: “I can talk to those white women in the suburbs that voted for Trump and explain to them what white privilege is.”
“I know exactly how I’d beat President Trump. I’ve already done it. I took a bus tour to talk about Trump’s broken promises here in Michigan.”
It’s among the most routine parts of modern presidential campaigning: a closing plug to visit a campaign website to donate or “find out more.”….
All except former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
“If you agree with me, go to ‘Joe 30330′ and help me in this fight,” Mr. Biden told viewers, hesitating as he worked his way through the numbers.
Of course, that is not a website. It appears Mr. Biden was trying to direct people to his campaign’s texting platform, which, according to his Twitter account, is engaged by texting “JOE” to the number 30330.
The gaffe quickly spread on social media, mixing memes with honest confusion.
Campaigns and pranksters moved quickly to grab any and all similar domain names.
The closest URL — joe30330.com — directed visitors to an apparent spoof campaign, “Josh for America,” which is anchored on a “no homework in college position.”
Though the site and the candidacy seemed to be a joke, the “Donate” button at the top of the site brought visitors to a page where they were invited to “donate to our good friend Pete Buttigieg’s campaign.”….