President Donald Trump put on a disastrous performance at his televised town hall two and a half weeks before Election Day, while Democrat Joe Biden presented himself as a smart, compassionate and capable leader in a simultaneous broadcast.
Trump was defensive about his botched handling of the coronavirus, which has claimed more than 215,000 American lives, and evasive about whether he took a required COVID-19 test before his first debate with Biden.
Appearing combative, Trump refused to denounce the QAnon conspiracy and only reluctantly disavowed white supremacists.
Trump acknowledged a recent New York Times report that he was in $400 million in debt to a foreign bank but he still won’t fulfill his promise to release his tax returns.
Even though Trump appears to be preparing his supporters to violently contest the legitimacy of the election results, Biden appears to be heading toward a landslide victory with competitive polling in traditionally Republican states such as Texas and South Carolina.
Biden stunned a Trump supporter who asked about foreign policy by acknowledging “some” success for the administration but calmly describing a series of lurking dangers made worse by the President’s incompetence.
After his 90-minute town hall event formally concluded, Biden spent another half-hour taking questions audience members didn’t get to ask during the televised program.
Biden denounced blasted Trump’s ‘America first’ foreign policy, declaring that it has made ‘America alone’ but no longer leader of the free world.
He added, “This president embraces all the thugs in the world.”
He turned introspective when asked what it would say if he lost.
“It could say that I’m a lousy candidate, that I didn’t do a good job,” Biden said. “But I think, I hope that it doesn’t say that we’re as racially, ethnically and religiously at odds as it appears the president wants us to be.”
The two candidates were to participate in a debate but Trump refused to consider a virtual format that was intended to prevent him from spreading the coronavirus after he contracted the disease.
Most studies show that wearing masks reduces the transmission of the virus by blocking respiratory droplets while others found some protection for the people who wear them.
Trump falsely claimed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 85% of mask wearers catch COVID-19. If that were the case, the majority of Americans would be infected.
Trump also lied by claiming, “We had the greatest economy in the history of our country.”
Trump’s economic growth record this month. Growth under Trump averaged 2.48% annually before the pandemic, was similar to the 2.41% gains achieved during Barack Obama’s second term.
From 1945 to the late-2000s, there have been eleven periods of expansion, nine of which were stronger than the one while Trump was in office before the pandemic.
Thar expansion ended in March of 2020 due to the novel coronavirus, which caused a pandemic that resulted in a stock market crash plus unemployment that rivals the Great Depression.
Trump suggested he saved that many people from death, even as the coronavirus death toll rises far above many of his earlier predictions.
The United States has 7.9 million people infected with covid-19, and 217,000 deaths but those numbers are rising.
Trump did nothing to mitigate the impression that his incompetence and indifference have led to this disaster.
The president’s dishonesty was on full display.
CNN reported: “where Biden scattered in a small number of exaggerations or misstatements over about an hour and a half, Trump unleashed a barrage of dishonest claims over about an hour.”
Biden said he is “not a fan” of court-packing, but whether he will seek more seats on the Supreme Court depends on how Senate Republicans handle the confirmation process of Amy Coney Barrett.
Biden said he has concerns for the future of health care, an issue that is top of mind to a number of voters.
Biden is calling for an end to fossil fuel subsidies and a ban on new oil and gas permits on public lands. He would also reenter the Paris climate accord.
Biden wants to repeal the tax cuts for the rich enacted by the Trump administration and he is pushing for a $15 minimum hourly wage, eliminating noncompete agreements for workers and expanding access to affordable education, including free community college.
Biden said that his pledge to eliminate the tax cuts that Trump enacted in his first term were aimed only at tax cuts for the wealthy, not the middle class.
Biden supports a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants but he would prosecute people crossing the border without documentation,
Biden doubled down on his opposition to a ban on fracking.
While Trump has worked to divide the country, Biden argued that he would be a president for all Americans if elected in November.
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