Joe Biden Encourages Americans to Visit 'Joe30330'—A Website Plugging Pete Buttigieg's Campaign

Former vice president Joe Biden confused Americans tuning in to night two of the second Democratic 2020 debates on Wednesday night when he apparently directed those who "agree" with him to visit a website plugging his opponent South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Biden's closing statement was not the candidate's strongest moment during the debate in Detroit. The Democratic front-runner confused viewers when he said: "Four more years of Donald Trump [would] go down as an aberration... eight more years of Donald Trump [would] change America in a fundamental way," but it was his campaign plug at the end that drew the most ridicule.

"If you agree with me, go to Joe3-0-3-3-0 and help me in this fight, thank you very much," Biden said before ending his appearance.

The candidate's poor choice of words prompted a large number of Twitter users to joke about the former vice president hinting at a campaign in 3030, while others pointed out that he mistakenly read out the URL of his campaign website wrong.

It appears what the candidate meant was to encourage Americans to text the number 30330 to support his campaign.

As Americans began Googling "Joe 30330" or "Joe 3030" following Biden's remarks, Newsweek found that both Joe30330.com and Joe3030.com redirected to websites plugging the presidential campaign of South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Joe30330.com redirected to JoshForAmerica.com, an empty fake campaign page for a "candidate" named by only his first name, Josh. Under the website's Donate tab, it admits "ActBlue" has deemed their campaign "not legitimate," before encouraging viewers to "donate to our good friend Pete Buttigieg's campaign," alongside a link to the 37-year-old Democrat's campaign website.

At the top of the page, the website also offers a quick disclaimer referencing Biden: "Hey! If Joe Biden sent you here, we just want to make something clear: we're not affiliated with any presidential campaign. We're just having some good fun (maybe a little bit at the expense of Joe) :) This site, and its content, have been around since April 1st, 2019."

Joe3030.com serves a similar function. When Newsweek looked up the domain address, we found that it directed the reader straight to Buttigieg's campaign page peteforamerica.com.

It appears that Buttigeig's millennial-skewed supporters were quick to jump online and buy the two URLs after Biden's misstep.

Newsweek reached out to Biden's and Buttigieg's campaigns for comment but did not hear back in time for publication

Some Twitter users also noticed:

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden (C) speaks while Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) (R) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) listen during the Democratic Presidential Debate at the Fox Theatre July 31, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. 20 Democratic presidential candidates were split into two groups of 10 to take part in the debate sponsored by CNN held over two nights at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. Scott Olson/Getty
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