In early April 2020, rumors circulated that Joe Biden’s presidential campaign had scheduled a “virtual fireside chat,” charging $2,800 for any donors wishing to access a livestream of the event:
The “fireside chat,” of course, is not a 2020 invention. The term is most closely associated with radio addresses given by United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt between 1933 and 1944. during the Great Depression and World War II.
Sanders’ move to “digital rallies” and his use of fireside chats proved popular:
When April 2020 rolled around, news of Joe Biden’s purported foray into fireside chats began spreading on Twitter:
Virtual Fireside Chat with Vice President Joe Biden
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Login instructions will be provided prior to event.
Co-Host: $25,000 (Raise) Includes pre-event VIP Clutch
Three fields followed that portion of the page: contact information (name and address), employer information (“required by law,”) and “Ticket & Attendee Information.” That third field indicated the only available ticket option was “attendee,” and the cost was $2,800.
A separated field allowed attendees to purchase a maximum of two tickets at a total of $5,600:
Several tweets and Reddit posts claimed that Joe Biden was holding a “Virtual Fireside Chat” in April 2020. As the tweets stated, information on JoeBiden.com indicated that tickets were available for purchase, priced at $2,800 each or $5,600 for a maximum of two tickets. The page said that login instructions would be provided prior to the event, presumably to avoid any non-ticketed audience members from accessing Biden’s livestream.