Saturday, 3 October 2020

Trump v Biden

What did we take away from the first debate?


The exchanges were notable for the amount of interruptions, mainly from Donald Trump. At one point the moderator, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, seemed to have had enough, telling the president that his campaign team had agreed to the rule that both candidates should have two minutes uninterrupted during each section, and urging him to abide by it. By the end of the first of six sections, Joe Biden was looking weary. "Why don't you shut up, man?" he moaned.

The November result:-

It has been alledged that the election will not be known the next day as it is here, but could take weeks to resolve. Donald Trump said: "I hope it's going to be a fair election. But if I see tens of thousands of ballots being manipulated I cannot go along with that. It means you have a fraudulent election." The president also said he would be prepared to go to the Supreme Court, which could lean heavily to the right if his pick Amy Coney Barrett is approved by the Senate. Joe Biden was more measured: "No one has established at all that there is fraud related to mail-in ballots. He has no idea what he's talking about."

White Supremacist:-

Donald Trump was asked to condemn white supremacist groups. "He doesn't want to calm things down," Joe Biden said, adding that the president wanted to "pour gasoline on the fire". Asked to condemn white supremacist and militia groups, Donald Trump said: "Sure I'm willing to do that, but almost everything I see is from the left-wing. "I'm willing to do anything. I want to see peace." Finally, he said: "Proud Boys - Stand back, stand by, but I'll tell you what, somebody's got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not right-wing problem... This is a left wing problem."


Asked if it was true that he paid just $750 in income tax in 2016, as reported by The New York Times, Donald Trump said: "I paid millions of dollars in taxes, of income tax." "Show us your tax returns," Joe Biden interjected. "Trump's answer on his tax returns is exactly the same as it was four years ago during the debate with Hillary Clinton," she wrote. "Then: 'As soon as the audit's finished, it will be released.' "Tonight: 'You'll see it as soon as it's finished.'"

The insults flew thick and fast, but surely even they must realise that the people want a debate, and that is usually held between people talking to each other rather than talking over each other.

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