Well, at least Kristen Welker was better than the other guys…
True she did constantly interrupt to repeat, “We have a lot to cover; let’s move on.” And while she also said that to Biden, she said it mostly to Trump. Perhaps HER mike should have been muted.
I mean how many times can we discuss climate change, race in America, and the virus?
We all know the reason it started out with the virus – so Trump can be forced to defend his handing of an unknown and the great progress we never would have made under any other president, but especially so Biden could sound tough and get exercised about how badly Trump managed things and how he would have done so much better.
But when Biden tells us how he would handle things better, he is, once again, a plagiarist because almost everything he says is a declaration of solutions that Trump has already provided. Do I have to spell out here what I mean? And the rest of what he says here is a collection of bald faced lies.
I thought Trump looked very good. He doesn’t smile enough, but it is awfully hard to smile when you have miraculous accomplishments and a pygmy stands there pecking at you, someone who has achieved nothing impressive after a lifetime of service. Trump kept asking him, what can you show for your 47 years in government. After all Biden never signed the front of a paycheck in his life.
We have on one side a man who has built buildings, saved an ice skating rink project, accomplished endless wonders and in three and a half years built the biggest economy almost in our country’s history, fixed things from the past administration’s failures, and dealt with many solutions to a plague that I don’t believe anyone else could have done as well with, handled foreign matters with creativity and aplomb, and moved our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, and his team has so far gotten two Arab countries to make treaties with Israel without needing one terrorist’s approval.
The list of Trump’s accomplishments is wondrous and very long. And it has all been done in the face of horrid treason and bad behavior that no one else could have withstood. I really believe that. And he has taken all of this incoming for us, for America and Americans. I thank him for that.
And on the other side we have Joe Biden.
So here’s the first question and it goes to Trump first – He began with his answer about his handling of the virus and he sounded good. I like that he stressed that the mortality rate is very low.
Biden’s turn – He was filled with incorrect misinformation and blather – Mr. President it is your fault that 220,000 lives are snuffed out and that could have been prevented. More will die because you refuse to take the scientists seriously. Masks could have prevented half of those deaths.
What I would have done is act sooner, better – (such a deep thought) – I would move in the direction of more testing (we test more than anywhere in the world). We should open schools but not haphazardly. They need money for special equipment to handle social distancing and they need special supplies. We have to follow rules if we are going to open up schools, tracing, testing, blah blah, blah. To move to open up schools I won’t do it until I make sure we have a plan. – (Oh, now I understand. Why didn’t Trump think of all that?)
Biden said Trump’s handling of the virus was disastrous, ignoring the way Trump immediately got businesses and the military to fix our shortages, to set up hospitals to handle the overflow, closed off foreign travel and saved lives and speeding up the development of a vaccine and other treatments. Did anyone listening see in Biden someone who would do better?
Biden told us we have a dark winter coming in and Trump has no clear plan. And he should have acted earlier he was months too late. (Biden called Trump a xenophobe for closing travel from China. So which is it, Joe, too early or too late? Doesn’t matter. As long as Trump is wrong and he would be correct.)
Trump tried to get in a response. She grudgingly gave him 30 seconds. We didn’t know what we were dealing with in the beginning. We learned more and more as we went.
We are learning to live with it.
Cheap shot from Biden – We are learning to die with it.
Biden complained of people losing jobs and going hungry and the country is in a mess.
Trump – It’s not my fault. It’s China’s fault that it came her out of the blue and brought a great country to its knees. You would shut down the country if someone told you to.
Biden – No, I would listen to the science and take their recommendations.
Trump – You can’t close a big economy like ours down. Businesses are dying. New York is a ghost town. It was always exciting until violent people broke into businesses looted and then burned them down. It’s terrible to see New York City dying like that. In states run by Democrat governors you see what happens when you shut them down. It’s like prisons.
Biden – You insulted Fauci.
Trump – He’s been wrong sometimes. He told everyone not to worry, this will blow over quickly and don’t wear masks.
“I think he’s a Democrat, but that’s okay.” (That was so funny.)
Biden – Trump said he knew it was dangerous but he didn’t want to panic anyone. Americans don’t panic. He panicked.
Now you know that Biden had the questions because he was looking to get that one out. A lot of times his answers seemed rehearsed, not like campaign promises, but like prepared zingers.
There was some back and forth about Russia and Iran influencing our elections and Biden said Trump did nothing about it. Flexing his muscles here comes another rehearsed line – Any country that interferes with our election will pay a price said Biden. Mr. tough guy.
(How about if the Democrats interfered in the election would they pay a price?)
It was obviously not going to be brought up by the moderator, so Trump inserted re that reference to Russia interfering, why did Biden take three and a half million from the wife of a Russian diplomat. Someday he’ll have to explain that.
Biden – I never got one penny.
Trump went on about other money Biden got. Biden said none of that is proven. Oy. Trump is being talked over by the moderator but he went on. Your son, Hunter, never had a job or any skills. He had to leave the service, but I won’t go into that, and when you became Vice President, he suddenly got offers of big money and ten percent was to go to the “Big guy.” Are you the big guy?
Trump at least got that in. Now when the news about all this can no longer be ignored, at least Trump brought it out into the open for those buried in CNN.
Biden said, “This has all been investigated and no fault has been found.”
What does that mean?
They talked about Trump’s tax returns. Biden said he should release them and that he didn’t pay enough taxes, Trump said when the audit is finished, he will release them.
Trump did not explain about his losses this time.
He said every bank he does business with is a matter of public record.
He talked about how everything in his life was investigated including his tax returns. And then said, “A terrible false investigation of me was conducted that cost the taxpayers $46 million and came up empty.
And he turned to Biden and said, “If I used a million dollars to investigate you, I am sure I wouldn’t have any problem finding out about all of your corrupt deals.” Biden laughed but looked down.
The moderator said, you guessed it, ” We have a lot more to get to….” But Trump wanted to make one more point so he said, “Excuse me” to her. I just loved that; and then he finished his thought.
During this Biden interrupted to say that Trump woos our enemies, he embraces thugs, and harms our friends and the world doesn’t trust us. We need allies to get things done. The moderator did not tell Biden we have other topics. She allowed him to interrupt here. At the very moment Biden was his most vulnerable, she helped him.
Trump answered that no one has been tougher on Russia than this administration.
Anyone who has been following foreign policy choices for the last almost four years knows that Trump has been very effective.
I missed the next part but Biden interjected something about people sitting around their kitchen table are hurting and Trump said to Biden, “You can do better that that. We are talking about something serious. But like all typical politicians you changed the subject. I am not a politician.”
“Mr. President we have lots more to cover tonight.”
Trump dug in deeper.
“Now we see these emails and they show the kind of money you got from China, Ukraine and other places. You owe the American people an explanation. Maybe now?”
Biden says, “I have not taken one cent from foreign countries.”
It is easy to muse that it was Hunter who took it and gave a cut to “the big guy”.
Biden asserts that Trump made money from China and Russia. I have no idea what he is talking about. Does anyone?
Trump was asked first about the overturning of Obamacare. He was told 20 million Americans will lose their healthcare.
Now there are so many fallacies there. Just because you have government insurance does not mean you have healthcare, just for openers. Trump says if he can get Obamacare overturned, he will do it, and Americans will have less expensive coverage and he will always protect pre existing conditions. But we already got rid of the most important part. The legislature got rid of the mandate so if we can’t do more, I will work around what we have and make it better. But if I can get it overturned everybody will love what they will have. And while you are worried about the 20 million who will have to get other coverage, why are you ignoring the 180 million Americans who love their healthcare?
And if Biden gets in he will have to take it away from them because the power in the party is with AOC plus three and Bernie. And he will have to do what they say. He will have to make all coverage come from the government which would be a disaster. The price tag is so huge a hundred years of good growth couldn’t cover the costs.
Biden protested that he will be the president and he will decide what happens. Do you believe that? If you do, I have a bridge…
Biden says he wants to do Obamacare with a public option. If you can’t afford coverage you automatically go on Medicaid. Trump says it will be all government socialized medicine and it will be a disaster.
A back and forth about fracking ensued and Biden insisted he never said he was against fracking. Trump is funny here. “Okay, I will show everybody.” He then said remember Texans, remember Pennsylvania, remember Oklahoma, he wants to end fracking no matter what he says then or now. Don’t forget that when you vote.
They talked about the minimum wage and Trump said he wanted to leave it up to the states. Biden brought out his violin an talked about how we have to offer a living wage and there is no evidence that it costs jobs. Yeah, right, just like there is no evidence of corruption in the Biden family.
The discussion of immigration followed the usual path. And I was very glad Trump pointed out that the picture of the children in silver wraps was from the Obama years. Biden insisted it was a disgrace the way your policy had them torn from their parents’ arms. Where did I put my violin? But Trump talked about how well they were cared for and that most often they were to be trafficked or abused in some way. Trump kept asking, “Who built the cages, Joe?” No answer was forthcoming.
Biden talked about those who were ushered into the country had to wait for trial and most of them showed up for their trials.
Trump said, “This just shows Biden has no idea about catch and release.” Fewer than one tenth show up for their hearings and they are lost to us inside the country.
Biden bragged that he would immediately upon taking office free the Dreamers.
Trump, as he did often through the debate, repeated the idea that Biden was Vice President for the last eight years and you are bragging about all of your great plans. Why didn’t you already get these things done?
Race in America.
Biden unsurprisingly has a great plan to fix our damaged system of real relations. “We have to do more and I have laid out a clear plan. People need to accumulate wealth…” Ha, and taxing them to death is the best way to make that happen, right?
Trump had his usual rejoinder. He’s been there 47 years and has not effected any of what he says he plans to do. Then Trump described all that he has done for minorities, criminal reform opportunity zones, great jobs for most of them and the rest. “I have done more for blacks than any president since Lincoln.”
Biden said, “He throws fuel on every fire. He makes everything worse.” (Of course and that is something Obama never did.)
Trump insisted, “I am the least racist. Anyone who knows me knows that.
Later on in the debate, the economy was the subject.
Trump said, “I ran because of you, because I couldn’t stand what you were doing to the country. I inherited such a mess.” Trump asserted, “The last administration left me a mess. My first three months in office were dangerous.”
Biden picked up his violin again as he cried for the states that need help. Trump said we should not be bailing out badly run states and cities. But he failed to land his point because “We have to move on. We have other things to cover.”
Trump said as an emergency measure he wanted to cut the Social Security tax to help out workers and businesses. Biden said that would bankrupt Social Security in a couple of years. That is irresponsible.
Does anyone believe that there is a penny in the government earmarked for Social Security?
Trump said if the other side wins, your retirement plans will go way down and you will lose much of your earnings. Under my watch even now as we rebuild the economy, the stock market is rising steadily. Biden said, “That’s all he worries about, the market. Where I come from in Scranton they have other worries.”
When asked why he hasn’t given any new stimulus to suffering Americans, Trump answered because Pelosi would rather make me look bad than help Americans. Biden said, “You’re the president. Make her do it.”
That sounded idiotic to the max. Is that his idea of checks and balances? I don’t think so because his crowd is the one that will pack the courts if elected. (That did not come up, of course.)
Trump said, “Because of Pelosi’s terrible lack of caring about suffering Americans, we are going to win back the House.”
I sure hope that turns out to be true. And the Senate. And the White House.
Here was a canned reply that was sure to please the base of the Democrat Party. And if you believe this, then…
“When I become president,” Joe Biden said movingly, I won’t think of blue states and red states, I will be president of all Americans,”
And we believe him because of how the deep state, including Obama and Biden, participated in an effort to bring down a duly elected president. That is sure a way to show that you care about all Americans, by ignoring the wishes of half of the electorate.
Biden tried to be dramatic. “Look at me and look at him. You know if you elect me, you get someone of character.”
Definitely. In Peter Schweitzer’s book, Profiles in Corruption, Biden and his family win the first prize as the most corrupt of all. Some beautiful character. At least Trump does what conservatives have been longing to see happen since forever.
Trump answered and I forget what he said about Biden, but next came this.
Up until now, Biden was coherent, dishonest and kind of flaky. Suddenly he said, “I’ve never said ….what he accused me of.”
Uh oh. For the rest of the debate, Biden remained clear, but began stumbling over some words and made some errors. The drug they were giving him must only last for a few hours. Maybe that’s why Biden stayed in his basement for a few days before the debate.
Trump did not give him sympathy for this lapse. He plowed on. “Are you trying to tell us the laptop is a Russia hoax?”
“We have to move on. There’s more to cover.”
Sure, we have to leave time for Climate Change. Ugh.
Trump said America has the cleanest air and water in the world. China, Russia and India are filthy. They don’t have to pay for anything for years. Why should we? Getting out of the climate deal was good for America. It saved us billions of dollars. It was good I got us out.
Biden “corrected” Trump saying that solar and wind are the fastest growing businesses and will bring many jobs to our economy.
Trump answers, “For the first time we are energy independent. That is a good thing. Why should we give that up?”
I was sorry Trump did not speak about California’s rolling blackouts because they follow the “science” of climate change.
In closing Trump said we have to rebuild from the losses from the plague and get back to the great economy we had. I’m cutting taxes. He will raise taxes and regulations which will bring horrible results.”
Biden said, “We are going to choose hope over fear. I will be president of all Americans whether you voted for me or not.”
*Editor’s note: Read this by Jeffrey Lord on the debates. Wholeheartedly concur.)