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President Trump's Coronavirus Diagnosis Overshadows Compelling Presidential Debate

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on October 2, 2020 13:18

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President Trump's positive Coronavirus test may prove to be this election year's "October Surprise."

This election year's "October Surprise" may turn out to be President Trump's positive test for COVID-19.

The CDC cites hospitalization risk for 65-74 year-olds as 5 times that for 18-29 year-olds, with 90 times higher mortality. Obese individuals have a 4.5 times higher risk of hospitalization.

Since President Trump is 74 and overweight, his case must be taken seriously. Much younger but equally plump British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ended up in an ICU, barely surviving his own COVID-19 infection.

Luckily, President Trump enjoys top medical care, including access to the Zelenko ProtocolRemdesivir and experimental therapeutics, so his chances for recovery are good. However, we can take nothing for granted with coronavirus, so I'm praying for him.

This news overshadowed the Fox TV debate "moderated" by Chris Wallace

To me, the broadcast seemed more like a pro wrestling match, where a referee jumps into the action to help one wrestler pin down another, than a fair fight.

Nevertheless, despite the awfulness of the spectacle, it made for fascinating television.

Clearly, former Vice-President Biden's experience in the House, Senate and White House served him well. Although he did appear somewhat diminished and read from notes, he made his points forcefully, sometimes ignoring President Trump, looking directly into the camera to speak to the television audience.

At other times he directly insulted the President, calling him a "clown," "liar," and "racist," accusing him of causing 200,000 deaths from Coronavirus, disrespecting the military, and harming the economy.

In response, President Trump appeared a bit more vigorous, although aggressive and obnoxious. It was like watching an ugly argument at a late-night bar, before fisticuffs or worse.

That said, I found it absolutely compelling, raw and real. Amazingly, the crude clash made policy differences between the candidates become crystal clear:

President Trump is for reopening the economy; VP Biden for keeping it shut down.

President Trump is against Obamacare; VP Biden is for it.

President Trump thinks he's done a good job on Coronavirus; VP Biden doesn't.

President Trump is for confirming Amy Coney Barrett, VP Biden against it.

President Trump is against the "Green New Deal;" VP Biden is for it.

President Trump is for "Law and Order;" Vice President Biden for "Law and Order with Justice," and as anyone who remembers the "No Justice, No Peace" slogan understands, in my opinion, that means he actually supports Antifa/BLM's "peaceful protests."

Significantly, when President Trump asked VP Biden to call upon Democratic mayors and governors to allow the National Guard to restore order in devastated cities, he claimed he was unable to do so because he was only a "private citizen." Yet earlier in the debate, he had declared: "I am the Democratic Party."

Curiously, the moderator pretended that President Trump refused to denounce "white supremacy" even as he answered "sure." Actually, both candidates agreed on that.

Conclusion: Although painful viewing, the debate clarified positions on contentious issues to be decided on Election Day.

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on October 2, 2020 13:18

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