This was nothing more and nothing less than a national disgrace. It wasn’t a presidential debate, it was a Godsmack mosh pit. Trump’s sole goal was to turn the entire 90 minutes of the debate into nothing more than white noise, and he gave it his best shot.
And already it isn’t being particularly well received, even on the right. Just after the debate, on FOX News, “Bush’s Disgraced Brain,” Karl Rove was asked for his opinion. Even Rove was forced to admit that this was not going to swing any minds. He admitted that Trump’s most ardent base would be well pleased by his scorched earth attitude, but nobody who was actually trying to make up their minds would be favorably disposed to Trump after the debate.
This was nothing short of a travesty. Biden showed up ready for bear, prepared with facts and figures. Trump showed up with no other plan in mind than to disrupt the debate for the entire 90 minutes, and in so doing, keep Biden from causing any more damage than has already been done. But it didn’t work.
Because even Donald Trump can’t talk without taking a breath for 90 minutes, and it was what happened in the quiet interludes while Der Gropinfuror searched his mind for his next brainless rambling where the shining moments of truth and differentiation came through.
First of all, I have no problems with FOX moderator Chris Wallace. Although I thought he tried to sneak in a couple of sucker punches on Biden, he actually spent much more of his time trying to muzzle Trump so that Biden could complete a sentence. Wallace consistently chastised Trump for his interruptions, and in a couple of cases restored time to Biden to make up for the distraction. And more importantly, Wallace reminded Trump that both sides had agreed to the rules in advance, and that meant Trump giving Biden his allotted two minute without interruption.
Trump didn’t care. He was on a one man mission to filibuster the entire 90 minutes of the debate. And he did whatever he wanted. But it cost him. Because there were tines when Trump didn’t seem to understand what was being said, and those were the moments when Biden absolutely killed him.
For instance, on the subject of the coronavirus, Biden managed to tie Trump to the loss of life, and the destruction of the economy with barbed wire. He was able to remind everyone that Trump downplayed the danger to keep from upsetting the stock market.
And on that subject, Trump immediately swung to the raise of the stock market, and how well the economy was doing. In a few seconds of blessed silence, Biden managed to remind everyone that the stock market is not the economy, looked into the camera and said something like,. But how about all of you out there sitting around the kitchen table, are you doing better now than you were four years ago? Are you looking at an empty chair at the table that used to be filled by someone who sadly died from this virus? Biden also slammed Trump with his own statement, It is what it is, there’s nothing anybody could do. It is what it is. Trump immediately pivoted to a nonsensical argument about Obama and Biden and Obamacare.
On the subject of election security and fraud, Biden caught Trump asleep at the switch. Biden looked squarely into the camera, and said something like, Just vote. It doesn’t matter how you do that, just vote. If you’re going to vote by mail, vote early. If you’re going to vote in person, do it safely. Because it’s this simple. Every vote will count. And if all of the votes are counted, it doesn’t matter what he thinks, if I win, he’ll be out of office. Trump immediately ceded the field by ranting about the fraud rate of mail-in ballots, which is non existent.
Biden also made a strong rebuttal to Trump about him calling the military “losers” and “suckers,” recounting his now dead son’s service in Iraq, and called Beau’s fallen brothers “heroes.” Trump fell back on an old saw of tired argument, bur never expressed the slightest sorrow for Biden’s loss, but more importantly never denied that he had said it.
And one more thing. If there is another debate, until then, Biden is now living rent free in Trump’s head. Biden humiliated Trump tonight. Biden repeatedly called Trump a liar, right to his face. Biden also repeatedly and audibly laughed and snickered at comments Trump was making. At one point, he actually referred to Trump as a “clown.” And he also repeatedly said, Can’t you shut up for one little minute That kind of casual disdain is a deadly toxin for Trump’s overinflated ego, and there were points where you could almost see steam erupting from Trump’s ears.
This debacle was a total shit show. But through all of that, there were moments of blessed silence, when Biden was able to get his points through without interruption. And he did it every time, which is more than Trump can say. It was ugly, but if nothing more, Biden did himself no harm, and Trump more than certainly did himself absolutely no good. And when you’re down by more than the margin of error in every battleground state, that isn’t good enough.