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Trump Beats Biden on Points in Round Two

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on October 23, 2020 14:34

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While he didn't land a dramatic knockout blow, President Trump successfully undermined Vice President Biden's credibility and character in the second debate...

Last night's debate showed a different side of President Trump. He appeared restrained, careful, and methodical instead of loud, crass or obnoxious -- a changed tone from last time the two men met.

For his part, although he seemed tired and a bit diminished, VP Biden kept his cool, alternately making emotional appeals for children in cages or mocking the President for thinking he was "Abraham Lincoln." 

He displayed remarkable nerve, denying his pledges to end fracking, claiming no one lost health insurance under Obamacare, declaring he never received a penny from Hunter Biden's scandals, etc.

Steve Bannon called it "stone-cold lying." And for a while it seemed effective, especially since moderator Kristen Welker repeatedly interceded to protect Biden from Trump, admittedly with more subtlety than Chris Wallace.

Nevertheless, as the night wore on, Trump's continuing attacks took a toll on VP Biden's credibility and character. 

VP Biden couldn't answer when asked who built the cages, whether he called African-American criminals "super-predators,"  or to explain why he hadn't done what he claimed he wanted to during 8 years as number two in the Obama Administration. Points to Trump.

Remarkably, he couldn't respond to Trump's charge of being a career politician who's all talk and no action. He seemed stunned, and wounded. Another point.

Bleeding continued when VP Biden called the Burisma scandal "Russian disinformation." President Trump scoffed and Biden couldn't respond. One more point.

He couldn't contradict Trump's commitment to Black Americans. Point.

He didn't overcome the President's personal experience as a Coronavirus patient and parent. Point.

Remarkably, Biden promised Americans a "Dark Winter," continuing shutdowns, and mask-wearing until 2021 -- in contrast to Trump's goals of re-opening the country and the economy.

The coup de grâce came towards the end, when the debate moved to a question about environmental racism that led to the "Green New Deal." Under pressure from Trump, Biden admitted he wanted to eliminate domestic oil production entirely, because it caused pollution.

As their back-and-forth continued, it became clear that Biden would not back down. He announced a five-year plan type date of 2025 for the elimination of the entire American petrochemical industry.

The President looked like the cat who swallowed the canary as states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas began moving into the GOP column.

That was the winning moment for President Trump.

Biden was still standing, and although environmentalists on the East and West Coasts might see the second debate's result as a victory (or perhaps a draw) for the Democrats, enough damage was done to shift a critical demographic to the President sufficiently before Election Day.

Barring any more "October Surprises," or massive cheating that goes undetected, it seems to me that the second Trump-Biden debate decisively changed the odds for November 3rd, in favor of the President.

If President Trump eventually figures out how to pick the Democratic Party's lock on New York and California, he might even win by a landslide.

 

 

 

 

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on October 23, 2020 14:34

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