Notes From The First 2020 Presidential Debate
Just a few of my personal highlights from the utter shitshow that was the first 2020 presidential debate.
Both candidates, as expected, used right-wing framing on the issue of healthcare. When Trump predictably attacked Biden as being “far left,” Biden went back to his “I beat the socialist” schtick.
Couldn’t help but notice that when the pandemic situation was brought up, Biden talked about re-opening and giving businesses money for PPE, but there was no mention made of workers or the unemployed. When Chris Wallace brought up unemployment, only to make misleading statements, Biden let that go.
When the candidate’s families were brought up, Biden seemed to deflect with some BS about “your families,” which did him little good, as of course Trump found another opportunity to go after Hunter Biden later. Biden should’ve jumped on that when he had the chance, of course Trump was bound to find a way to get his shots in anyway.
Biden said something about Trump being the only one wanting to defund the police, once again confirming that he’s not listening on that issue.
When the talking point of “violent protests” came up, Biden’s only response was that “violence should be prosecuted,” saying nothing to point out the false framing of the issue. Nothing from Joe when Trump brought up the Kenosha shooter.
I do have to give Biden one more bit of credit here though, for attempting to correct the record on Antifa when it came up.
Trump appeared to tell the Proud Boys to “stand by,” which is extremely disturbing.
Biden made it quite clear where he stands on the climate, emphatically stating that “the Green New Deal is not my plan!” and doubling down with “no, I don’t!” when asked again if he supported it. This was after he admitted that it would pay for itself.
Trump tried to claim that he would never call the military “stupid bastards” like Biden did. I have to defend Biden here again, because if you’ve seen that clip, he really did seem to be saying it in a friendly, joking way. I suppose that could make Trump right in a way then too, because I can believe that he would have a hard time pulling off such a relatable interaction.
While there was nothing too surprising in Trump’s ranting about the ballots for anyone who’s been paying attention, that was also disturbing, particularly combined with his shout-out to a gang of fascists.
I don’t feel so good.
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