Tonight was the final debate between Trump and Biden, wrapping up the three presidential debates leading up to the election. Remember, the second debate ended up being separate Town Halls, but was still a competing event.
Tonight was much of the same: Accusations about the deaths and mishandling of the COVID19 pandemic. Biden still insists on furthering lockdowns and increasing testing and social distancing, even though our reporting has source after source that indicates this is not the way to go.
At one point, Biden awkwardly followed up his point that 1,000 people a day are dying from COVID19, and that by the end of the year more than 200,000 more will have died. Not sure how that math adds up, but the claims of 400k deaths by the end of 2020 include deaths caused by the lockdown, not necessarily by the virus.
Biden also alleged that Trump failed in his coronavirus response by failing to work with Nancy Pelosi. It is interesting that he would make this claim seeing as Pelosi just recently bragged that she hasn’t had to speak to the President in over a year. It seems odd to brag about dereliction of duty, but that’s the world we live in at the moment.
Trump eased into his digs about Hunter Biden’s laptop early on, asserting that Joe Biden has been able to lock himself up in his basement because, “he must have made a lot of money someplace.”
He buckled down, asking if Biden was in fact the “big man” referred to in the emails, and insisted Biden explain getting 3.5 million dollars from China.
Biden once again didn’t get the memo, as he asserts that all of this information has come out as a result of Russia interference with the election. He insisted this was the case repeatedly, despite the fact that the Department of National Intelligence Director Ratcliffe has rebuked this idea, and the FBI has been confirmed to have had the laptop since 2019.
Biden attempted to flip the accusations onto Trump, alleging that business dealing with China and Russia related to Trump’s industries was equivalent to the types of leverage of power linked to Joe Biden’s activities through his son Hunter.
“I don’t make money from China, you do,” Trump responded. “I don’t make money from Ukraine, you do.” Remember, House Democrats voted to indict Trump on impeachment charges for alleged quid pro quo with the Ukraine, which is the exact behavior being revealed about Biden.
The rest of this final debate was pretty predictable. Arguments over fracking and climate change, assertions from both sides that the other is racist and who will be better for minorities in America, and arguments over who was responsible for the strong economy prior to the pandemic.
This isn’t intended to gloss over these issues. Each will inevitably play a large role in how the United States moves forward under not just this next administration, but many more to come. These are not issues that will be resolved any time soon, and should be looked at with a close and respectful eye.
Unfortunately, this is not what we got in this final debate. Instead, we heard nothing that hasn’t already been crammed down the throats of the American voters for the last couple of months. Many times, both candidates sounded as if they were a broken record. This is counter productive as it wastes the time of debate watchers to see and hear what they’ve already seen and heard countless times. But it also takes away from the entire point of a debate.
At the end of the day, the stage is set. Many of your votes already have been cast. We march on towards election night on Nov 3, where the real fate of this country will not be decided – but will merely begin as this gets dragged out as close to Jan 20, 2021 as they can get away with.