Whenever a president is running for re-election, something that often happens is that they stumble out of the gate in the first debate. It happened to Obama and it happened to Reagan. There were concerns that Trump, particularly given the fact that he has to contend with fighting a virus, rioters and the deep state, would be rather unprepared. But Trump is not one to make himself look the fool.
The media might say he looked like a fool or whatever else, but Trump is a showman so he knows the stage very well. However, there are some takeaways that I would like to discuss.
First of all, Trump should have done more to push back on Biden and Wallace’s lies. Chris Wallace, the “moderator”, was clearly biased (and I’ll return to this point shortly) and helped Biden as often as he could. He even brought up critical race theory as being “racial sensitivity training” which is a load of crap, and brought up the “fine people” hoax as though it wasn’t a hoax and Trump did call white supremacists and neo-Nazis “fine people.”
While there were points where Trump did push back, he surprisingly didn’t push back on the hoaxes brought up by his two opponents. Those are hoaxes that many people who watched do not think are hoaxes or do not know they are. Someone who had heard the “fine people” hoax and believes is real was not told by Trump that it was a lie.
There were many memorable and good moments for Trump, particularly in getting Biden to practically denounce the Leftist base by opposing the Green New Deal, but I feel he missed some opportunities to tell people who otherwise would not take the time to listen to him that the “fine people” hoax is, indeed, a hoax. Even if they hadn’t come to believe what Trump was saying, not acknowledging that they are hoaxes basically gave the signal to people that Trump doesn’t think they are hoaxes either. Now, I know that isn’t the case, as he has often called them hoaxes, but not pushing back on it during the debate made those hoaxes seem like they were true and that Trump couldn’t contest them.
Also, Trump needs to make a better case for his own accomplishments. He’s good at attacking and going on offense, which is a plus, but he also has a record now that he has to defend and a LOT of accomplishments that he didn’t bring up. On the issue of race, Trump should’ve brought up that after a century and a half, he’s the ONLY president to label the KKK as a terrorist organization. He did this last week, as well. Not to mention that he released his Platinum Plan to help black people who have been deeply hurt by the effects of idiot governors shutting down their states and ruining their economies.
Arguably, he also should’ve brought up that Joe Biden went into the Senate supporting segregation and his running mate’s family owned slaves.
And while he can’t bring up everything (both because there are a lot of accomplishments under his belt and because the moderator decides what topics to discuss), he can do a better job at at least tangentially bringing up things that help his case. For example, things like defeating ISIS (while also bringing up that they rose to power under the Obama/Biden administration), killing top terrorist leaders who have terrorized Americans and negotiating peace deals in the Middle East after everyone said it couldn’t be done.
So there are things that Trump can learn from this debate.
Secondly, I believe Trump came off pretty well. Some will say that he was being a “bully” by interrupting both Biden and Wallace (both of them also repeatedly tried to interrupt Trump, with Biden trying to interrupt Trump first, but he wouldn’t let them, not that that part of the story is going to be told by the fake news media), but Trump is at his best when he’s in command of the situation. Trump should not give any courtesy to Biden or any Democrat; they don’t deserve such nice things.
Interrupt, be abrasive, but not coming off as a madman losing his cool. That’s what Trump is good at and that’s what he did. Some may not like it, but that’s because many are not used to seeing an alpha male taking control, so when they see Trump doing the things that he does, they consider his mannerisms “offensive” and “unpresidential”. And by the way, one can point to many times in the past when a candidate, Republican, Democrat or otherwise, was clearly not “presidential”. Biden, in this debate, often insulted Trump, calling him a “clown” and a “racist” among other things. Trump never called Biden anything, so how is Trump unpresidential?
Al Gore repeatedly audibly sighed and rolled his eyes whenever Bush was talking, and at one point during the third debate, Gore went up to Bush while the Republican was talking, as if trying to physically intimidate him. On the flip side, Bush, in 2004, looked visibly irritated while John Kerry was speaking. In 1992, George H. W. Bush checked his watch to see how much more time there was until the debate was over as an audience member asked the candidates about the national debt and how it was affecting people’s lives.
Going back decades and centuries, in 1806, John Adams called Alexander Hamilton a “bastard brat of a Scotch peddler” because Hamilton was born out of wedlock. In 1855, Kenneth Rayner called President Franklin Pierce “the pimp of the White House,” and if you are wondering if the word “pimp” meant back then what it does now, let me tell you that yes it does; Rayner alleged Pierce facilitated sexual intercourse with prostitutes. And perhaps most hilariously, Thomas Jefferson called President John Adams a “hermaphrodite.”
These things make Trump’s statements look extremely civil and respectful in comparison, so don’t tell me Trump is “unpresidential” after the third president called the second one a “hermaphrodite.”
Trump looks weak when he doesn’t fight as hard as he does, so he needs to avoid being tame. Mr. President, Joe Biden might be senile but you need to take him behind the woodshed at every opportunity. After all, CSPAN, CNN, Telemundo and WTN showed that their viewers far preferred Trump over Biden. 60% of WTN’s viewers said they believe Trump won the debate as opposed to 40%. 66% of Telemundo’s viewers (who are almost entirely Hispanic) believe Trump won the debate as opposed to 34%. CSPAN, 53% Trump and 29% Biden (though it was a Twitter poll, so take that one with a grain of salt). CNN, three votes for Trump and only one for Biden.
People like a strong leader and strength appears wherever it needs to appear, particularly during a confrontation. So Trump should not take the advice from others that he needs to “tone it down”. That is a strategy which simply does not compute with Trump’s character and a strategy which would lead him to failure, especially now. He needs to capitalize on opportunities to destroy his opponent(s) and not let off the gas pedal. Go to the jugular.
Thirdly, and unsurprisingly, Biden lied all throughout. While Trump got him to basically denounce the GND, a mistake on the Democrat’s part, Biden is easily proven to be a liar on this. His campaign website says that he supports the GND and his literal running mate was a co-sponsor of the GND. He also claimed that he didn’t call our troops “stupid bastards” when 1) it’s on video and 2) HIS OWN CAMPAIGN confirmed that he did it.
Other than lie, he also tried to attack Trump, calling him a “clown” and a “racist”, things that hold no actual meaning. Mark Levin got it right when he said that Biden tried to pull the same crap he pulled against Paul Ryan in 2012 against Trump. Biden was a bully towards Ryan (and no one believed that was unpresidential or unvicepresidential behavior) in that debate, debating personality rather than policy. But it worked against Ryan, so he figured he should do the same to Trump. But Trump is no Paul Ryan (by a light year) and would have none of that. As a result, people remember Trump’s performance more than Biden’s, which sort of helps and hurts the both of them, but arguably helps Trump more than Biden.
Biden also dodged the first question regarding packing the Supreme Court and Wallace did nothing to try and get him to answer the question. This shows that he has no qualms about court-packing but he knows that his position is unpopular so he dodged the question entirely.
Speaking of the faux-moderator, lastly, also completely unsurprisingly, Chris Wallace showed how utterly biased against Trump he was, to the point where he was basically joking around with Biden and being pals with him at one point during the debate. This is without even mentioning that Wallace interrupted Trump far more often than he did Biden, as well as the fact that every time Trump had Biden against the ropes, like when discussing Hunter getting paid $3.5 million by the wife of a former Moscow mayor, Wallace would run interference for Biden by moving on to the next topic.
Wallace was clearly on Team Biden especially as the debate wore on. He has lost a lot of credibility with a lot of people (not me because I never believed he was anything other than a Democrat shill since 2016) and while I’m certain Paul Ryan and Donna Brazille are perfectly content with his performance in the debate, the crap that he pulled ought to get him fired. He was not an unbiased moderator at all and very early on showed that he would contend against Trump on everything.
Again, this is not surprising. Fox News is not a conservative news organization and the ONLY reason, at this point, to watch anything from that crap network is Tucker Carlson and maybe Sean Hannity when he isn’t palling around with Lindsay Graham and pretending the senator will do anything about the obviously illegal investigation against the Trump campaign.
Without those two, but particularly Carlson, Fox News’ ratings would utterly plummet. That they will almost certainly keep Wallace after that disgraceful and obviously biased performance is a testament to how unethical and incredible (as in without credibility) that network is.
I doubt this debate will move the needle for either candidate, especially as there are still two other debates scheduled (for now, at least, considering that the fake news media is “pondering” if Biden should cancel the other two debates because they KNOW he did poorly in this first one, else they would be calling for more debates), but I believe Trump will do better in those debates. He has things to learn from this one, particularly in capitalizing on destroying Biden at every turn, so I suspect he will get a bit better in the next debates.
I hope and pray that Trump destroys Biden (and whomever is the moderator if they try to run interference for Jim Crow Joe) both in the debates that are to come and in the general election. Biden deserves nothing good.
“Whoever says to the wicked, ‘You are in the right,’ will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations, but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them.”
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