The Internet Is Calling Iowa 'The Fyre Festival of Caucuses'

As Democrats still await the Iowa Caucus results, many have taken to Twitter to call the debacle, "the Fyre Festival of caucuses."

Iowa has turned into the Fyre Festival of caucuses

— Naveed 🇺🇸 (@ArmyofNaveed) February 4, 2020

The comparison to the doomed festival stemmed from glitches that interfered with an app used to report the results of the caucuses. The process has drawn the ire of many still waiting to confirm a victor during Monday's caucuses. In a press release on Tuesday, the Iowa Democratic Party said they plan to release results "as soon as possible later today."

According to the press statement, the app was only returning partial data, but the paper documentation that caucusgoers used to submit their choices is being used to compile accurate data. "As part of our investigation, we determined with certainty that the underlying data collected via the app was sound," the press release said. "While the app was recording data accurately, it was reporting out only partial data. We have determined that this was due to a coding issue in the reporting system. This issue was identified and fixed. The application's reporting issue did not impact the ability of precinct chairs to report data accurately."

Jake Wilkins, communications director for Senator Kevin Cramer, tweeted the comparison as "Iowa Caucuses 2.0," with a photo of Fyre Festival founders Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule. "We've got immediate public results, no awkward standing in a gym, universal health coverage for poll watchers, luxury cabanas-" he wrote.

Fox contributor Lisa Boothe called Fyre Festival "more organized" than the caucuses.

Excited to roll out Iowa Caucuses 2.0.

We've got immediate public results, no awkward standing in a gym, universal health coverage for poll watchers, luxury cabanas— pic.twitter.com/tY2h2seegk

— Jake Wilkins (@JakeWilkns) February 4, 2020

The Fyre Festival was more organized. #IowaCaucuses

— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) February 4, 2020

Announcer: "The Iowa Caucus was brought to you by the people that brought you the Fyre Festival". #fyrefestival ?

— Michael Gitter (@michaelgitter) February 4, 2020

Another Twitter user shared a video of The Gazette reporter Vanessa Miller's video of 800 people at the University of Iowa caucusing in the dark, calling it "basically Fyre Festival."

The Iowa caucus is basically #FyreFestival https://t.co/tJ3x9bZHEE

— Lizzie Noble (@LizzieNoble10) February 4, 2020

One twitter user shared a photo of the meager meals that were handed out at Fyre festival and said they were being handed out at the Iowa Democratic Party's HQ "while votes are figured out."

Meals being handed out at @iowademocrats HQ while the votes are figured out.#IowaCaucuses #fyrefestival pic.twitter.com/ls3zTUAmJe

— alex marco (@TheAlexMarco) February 4, 2020

Another user said Ja Rule might as well be appointed the DNC chair. "[F]yre festival went far more smoothly than this," he wrote.

might as well make ja rule the DNC chair, fyre festival went far more smoothly than this

— dudes rock 2020 (@tejmuk) February 4, 2020

The Cook Political Report editor and NBC News contributor Dave Wasserman tweeted that the comparisons could've been avoided had partial results been released. "It would have been much better for Iowa Dems to release partial results so that the media had something (really anything) to say besides calling this the 2020 #fyrefestival," he wrote.

It would have been much better for Iowa Dems to release partial results so that the media had something (really anything) to say besides calling this the 2020 #fyrefestival

— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) February 4, 2020

Another Twitter user boiled the comparison down to the simplest terms: "Tons of people waiting around and not getting what they were promised," the user wrote. "[CNN] and the rest of the media suffering their own personal #fyrefestival."

Tons of people waiting around and not getting what they were promised. @cnn and the rest of the media suffering their own personal #fyrefestival #IowaCaucuses #IowaCaucus #IACaucus

— I can't make this, I'm rich (@ChairmanBoredom) February 4, 2020
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Supporters of Democratic presidential candidates former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) prepare to caucus for them in the gymnasium at Roosevelt High School February 03, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. The delayed results lead to many comparisons to infamous, doomed music festival Fyre Festival. Chip Somodevilla/Getty