If you were fortunate enough to miss the presidential debate last night, all you have to do is imagine a holiday dinner with two elderly uncles fighting for 90 minutes about their glory days and who did it best, and another elderly uncle trying to break them apart — while sort of instigating the whole thing.
President Donald J. Trump, 74, and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, 77, met face to face at the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in front of an audience of 70 people. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, 72, served as the moderator, but struggled to corale the two powerful politicians, which led to a back and forth screaming match.
The key takeaways were mail in ballots for the election, racism and the ongoing tax debate.
When Wallace asked how confident Americans should be that the election will be fair, Biden responded “He’s trying to scare people into thinking that it’s not going to be legitimate,” speaking of Trump. “Show up and vote. You will determine the outcome of this election.”
Trump was quick to shoot down Biden’s opinion, saying “This is not going to end well. This is going to be a fraud like you’ve never seen.”
He also returned to his well-worn attacks against the Obama Administration for “spying on my campaign.”
I’m sorry but this debate is a embarrassment for our country tonight. Both candidates are horrible and provide no leadership whatsoever much less real solutions to anything and you’ll never convince me otherwise. SMH— Carlin Long (@carlin_long28) September 30, 2020
Wallace briefly touched on the topic of Trump’s taxes, in light of the New York Times reporting that the president paid only $750 per year in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017.
“I paid millions of dollars in taxes, millions of dollars in income tax,” Trump emphatically said.
Toward the end of the debate, Wallace finally brought up the issue of race, white supremacy and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Wallace asked Trump if he was ready to condemn white supremacists and say they need to stand down during ongoing demonstrations across the country.
“Sure, I’m willing to (tell them to stand down), but I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not from the right wing. I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace,” Trump said.
“Say it. Do it. Say it,” Democratic nominee Joe Biden responded, encouraging Trump to condemn White supremacists.
Instead of condemning them, Trump told them to “stand down and standby,” in which the racist group, the Proud Boys, took as a sign of encouragement.
Following the debate, millions of Americans took to social media to explain that they were even more confused on the issues than they were before, mainly citing the fact that not one question was completely answered.
Political analysts afterward scored the debate as a resounding TKO for Biden on every issue except the “economy,” which was previously Trump’s strength, but now they are almost tied.
The next dabate will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami.
This debate is a microcosm of America. We're a country of overtalkers who forgot how to communicate. It's horrible television.— Cedric Golden (@CedGolden) September 30, 2020