President Donald Trump Keeps it Classy and Strong in Debate Last Night
By Yehudit Garmaise:
President Donald Trump looked and sounded presidential, controlled, and strong as he faced off last night with former Vice President Joe Biden, who sometimes slurred his words and looked a bit defeated in the final 2020 presidential debate, which took place at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Although many feared the candidates would repeat the shouting match of the first debate, last night NBC’s Kristen Welker, skillfully moderated the debate by asking nuanced questions, maintaining the candidates’ time limits, and using a button that muted the candidates when they started to interrupt each other or go over their time limits.
Welker kicked off the debate by asking each candidate how he would lead the next phase of the coronavirus pandemic.
Although the Democrats have continually blamed President Trump for the spread of coronavirus, Trump said that COVID is a worldwide pandemic that started in China, which after containing the virus in its own country, allowed it to spread throughout the world.
Although Biden repeated that 200,000 Americans have passed away from the virus, Trump countered that “excess mortality rate is way down,” and criticized president Barack Obama and Biden’s botched attempt in 2009 to contain the H1N1 Swine Flu, which was “much less lethal.”
“We’re fighting it and we’re fighting it hard,” said President Trump, who pointed out that COVID spikes in Florida, Texas, and Arizona appeared and were quickly reduced.
Trump said that spikes in other places will soon disappear, as well.
Although Biden said that America is looking at a “dark winter” of a second wave, President Trump provided a sunnier outlook.
After claiming that a vaccine made by several pharmaceutical companies might be ready within weeks, Trump said that the virus “is going away” and “we’re rounding the turn.”
Trump’s optimism about the pandemic extended to the economy, which he said could not survive with endless shutdowns.
Trump told Biden that not everyone can or wants to hide in his or her basement, as Trump referenced Biden extended stay in his bunker this summer and his propensity to keep the country shut down with schools and businesses closed.
Trump cited children’s low transmission rate of COVID, the negative effects of people staying inside, and said that, “We won’t have a country if we don’t completely re-open the economy.”
Trump called out Biden for his recent about-face in support of fracking, which extracts oil and gas from the ground using a controversial technique that uses pressurized liquids to fracture bedrock formations that many environmentalists eschew because they say the process can poison groundwater, pollute surface water, impair wild landscapes, and threaten wildlife.
However, supporters of fracking say that the process revolutionized the oil and gas industry and brings substantial benefits, such as lower energy prices, greater energy security, reduced air pollution, and fewer carbon emissions.
After President Trump alluded the corruption of Biden, who allegedly used his influence when he was vice president to dismiss a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating the Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings, which was inexplicably paying Biden’s son $83,333 month, Biden quickly changed to subject to struggling middle class Americans who sat at their kitchen tables and couldn’t replace their tires.
Trump called a spade a spade when he responded to Biden’s dodge by mocking Biden’s cliched depiction as a typical rhetoric of a politician who wants to change the subject.
“I don’t speak like that, and that is why I got elected,” Trump said.
When asking about Black Lives Matter, Trump said his first exposure to the group was when he heard them chanting that they want to “fry pigs in a blanket,” referring to police.
Although Biden decried systemic racism, Trump hit back by pointing to Biden’s The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which caused mass incarceration by putting an inordinate number of black men in jail, which Biden then called “a mistake.”
In a great closing question, Welker asked the candidates if they were to win, what would they say to the voters who did not vote for them.
Biden said that he will “choose hope and science over fiction while dealing with systemic racism and creating millions of clean-energy jobs.”
“We have to make the country as successful before the plague came from China,” said President Trump, who said that although before the plague, the U.S.’s economy was strong and unemployment was low, he warned that if elected, Biden will create “a depression the likes of which we have never seen and people’s 401Ks will disappear.”
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