CARROLL, Iowa – “NO MALARKEY!” screams the campaign slogan on Joe Biden’s bus chugging through 18 Iowa counties this week. At stops along the way, aides hand out stickers and posters to voters featuring the rallying cry.
But when one high schooler attending the former vice president’s event in Council Bluffs was asked if she knew what malarkey means, she squinted up at the massive bus with a puzzled look.
“Malarkey?” Cece West asked. “I’ve never heard of it before.”
West’s response highlights a potential problem with a term that Biden has put at the center of his candidacy in the first-in-the-nation caucus state. And some of the complaints about it are an extension of how Biden skeptics feel about the candidate himself.
‘The most Boomer thing I’ve ever seen’: Internet roasts Joe Biden for ‘No Malarkey’ campaign bus https://t.co/6Vp6tqxNCt— a proper gander ͡° ͡° (we deploribus, unum) (@thxUSA) December 2, 2019
WELL, DO YOU HAVE ANY GREY POUPON?
My teen just asked what the heck malarkey is. I told her to call grandma cause I ain’t gotta clue.— Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) November 30, 2019
??? You think he's trying to appeal to young people with this? pic.twitter.com/JiRAp2GDq8— Baddus Acid vs. Malarkey (@baddusacid) November 30, 2019