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The debate threw barely light on any questions. Instead, it cast a shadow over America. In the first of three presidential debates tonight, challenger Joe Biden challenged President Donald Trump to shut up, calling him a clown. While Trump called the Democratic challenger stupid. The debate was marked by interruptions, and Trump, as expected, had provocation as his strategy. What was somewhat surprising was that Biden allowed himself to be dragged down to Trump’s level.
– Do you want to shut up, man? This is so unpopular, Biden said, in response to Trump’s systematic interruptions. Trump responded to Biden’s claim that he was not very presidential by pointing out Biden’s son Hunter, whom he accused of being corrupt, of having received money from China, among other places, and who Trump said was fired in the military, drug addict. Biden responded to the serious personal attack by saying that he was proud of his son who had fought with his problems, and got up. Then Biden was personal. And pissed. It sparked in Cleveland, but it was hardly Trump who benefited from this low target of a personal attack.
A survey immediately that the debate ended a little over 4.30 last night showed that 70 percent of viewers were annoyed after the debate, while 17 percent said they were informed. It’s a deadly summary of a mud bath. What remains is that Trump failed to talk Biden down, and park the Democratic challenger as “Sleepy Joe” – sleeping Joe – as Trump likes to refer to his opponent as. However, Trump did not use the derogatory characteristic in tonight’s debate, which is meant to describe Biden as old and senile. But Biden also failed to crush Trump as lying and unreliable.
Both candidates spoke to their own, more than to the around ten percent uncertain voters who can decide the election in five weeks. The confrontational tone probably did not help to move many voters. The president and the presidential candidate were both in their trenches. There they fired a lot of gunpowder, without actually hitting the opponent with neither deadly nor very harmful shots.
A key point in the debate was when presenter Chris Wallace of Fox news confronted Trump that for many years he did not pay federal taxes, and in 2016 and 2017 paid $ 750, figures that The New York Times dug up over the weekend. To which Trump replied – without in any way trying to be precise – that he has paid millions of dollars in taxes. Trump will probably not be able to document this before the November 3 election.
Trump tried, too to ridicule Biden for wearing a mask. There was hardly any chess move. Trump’s claim that he has treated the pandemic in a fantastic way was repeated, without changing the fact that the United States has more people killed by the virus than any other country, with around 205,000. It hardly served Trump’s advantage. Nor did the fact that Trump refused to distance himself from extremist racists on the right. Or that he once again sowed uncertainty as to whether he would accept the election result if it went in his favor.
The television station CNN published shortly after the debate last night a poll that showed that 60 percent of those who saw the debate thought that Biden was the winner, while only 28 percent thought that Trump won. Another TV station, CBS, reported that 38 percent thought Biden was better than Trump, while 24 percent thought Trump was better than Biden.
That is in that case good numbers for Biden, who was squeezed into a mud bath of dimensions by Donald Trump. This is dramatic for Trump, who had to win tonight’s debate to get on the offensive in an election campaign where Biden leads by seven – eight percent in national polls, and also has a solid lead in several tipping states that Trump must win to continue to live in The White House.
Biden on his side demonstrated that he is far from senile, and largely parried Trump’s calculated provocations. He was never really tipped off the stick despite persistent attempts on Trump’s part. Biden has the most reason to be happy after the night’s mud wrestling, which none of the candidates escaped without getting dirt on them.