Debate Takeaways

Trump endorsed Proud Boys, now using Trump’s words as part of a new logo.

The Proud Boys, a self-described “Western chauvinist” organization, is considered a violent, nationalistic, Islamophobic, transphobic and misogynistic hate group, according to the Anti-Defamation League, a nonprofit organization that tracks extremist groups. Proud Boys members marched at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and have organized against Black Lives Matter protests in recent months.

Trump urged intimidation at the polls and leading up to the election:

“I’m urging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully because that’s what has to happen,” Trump said, adding, “If it’s a fair election, I am 100% on board. If I see tens of thousands of ballots being manipulated, I can’t go along with that.”

Biden addressed his son’s past issues with drugs:

“My son, like a lot of people you know at home, he had a drug problem,” Biden said. “He’s overtaken it. He’s fixed it. He’s worked on it. And I’m proud of him.”

Biden lowered himself to his opponent’s level:

This was not Biden’s cleanest debate. He was not crisp, was often flummoxed — as was moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News — by Trump’s antics.

“Will you shut up, man?” said Biden while trying to make a point. He also called Trump a “clown” more than once.

Trump tried to tie Biden to socialism and communism.

Biden declared himself as a moderate centrist:

Biden disavowed everything that Trump tried to tie him to, restated his positions to all line up with the middle of the electorate, far more than Trump’s policy positions do. Biden separated himself from progressive issues like the Green New Deal.

Biden missed his shot:

Trump discussed the role of masks in preventing the spread of the coronavirus, Biden could have made larger points about Trump’s largely maskless rallies and months of social events like calling West Point back to campus so he could speak at a graduation that had been canceled. When Trump claimed his rallies caused no harm, Biden could have pointed out the spike in coronavirus cases after Trump’s Tulsa, Okla., rally.

He did not address Trump’s efforts to suppress votes in the 2020 election and to under count minorities in the 2020 census.

No One could address corona virus:

Over 200,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, with cases continuing to spike up. Trump‘s tactic when defending himself on his management of the pandemic was to insult Biden‘s smarts.

Biden: “He panicked or just looked at the stock market, one of the two, because guess what? A lot of people died and a lot more are going to die unless he gets a lot smarter a lot quicker.”

Trump: “Did you use the word ‘smart?’ ” Trump asked rhetorically, adding, “You graduated either the lowest or almost the lowest in your class. Don’t ever use the word ‘smart’ with me.” Trump has repeatedly lied about being top of his class.

Trump disagreed with his own experts on a vaccine timeline, making overly positive statements to the public has gotten him in trouble after Bob Woodward’s latest book, Rage, revealed that Trump privately knew the virus was worse than he let on publicly.

He tried to claim Biden would have made the pandemic worse. “Two million would be dead now,” he said.

Neither one could stop teasing the other, The former vice president had some stumbles and some moments that weren’t great for him, like not answering if he would add justices to the Supreme Court — “pack the court” — if Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s nominee to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is confirmed.

There were no winners last night, certainly not the American People.

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