President Trump and Vice President Joe Biden took part in the first 2020 Presidential Debate. The image of Chris Wallace trying to pacify President Trump was beamed around the world. It was a PR disaster for America. The Guardian newspaper described it as a ‘national humiliation.’ Chris Wallace’s inability to take control of the debate led to a shambolic performance. Here are three key moments from the Presidential debate.
The Coronavirus Pandemic
On the handling of the Coronavirus pandemic. Chris Wallace struggled to get the question out as Trump appeared determined not to want to hear the question.
Biden: “You folks at home, how many of you got up this morning and had an empty chair at the kitchen table because someone died of COVID How many of you are in a situation where you lost your mum or dad and you couldn’t even speak to them? ……This is the same man that told you by Easter it would be gone away by the warm weather it would be gone miraculously like a miracle… 40,000 people a day are contracting COVID and in addition to that between 750 and 1,000 people are dying, When he was presented with this number he said it is what it is. Well, it is what it is because you (Trump) are who you are.”
Trump: “You didn’t think we should’ve closed our country because you thought it was too it was terrible. You wouldn’t have closed it for another two months. By my doing it early in fact, Dr Fauci said President Trump saved thousands of lives….And now we are a few weeks away from a vaccine…We’ve done a great job. But I tell you, Joe, you could never have done the job we’ve done. You don’t have it in your blood.”
— FactCheck.org (@factcheckdotorg) September 30, 2020
On why voters should trust Biden or Trump to handle race relations in America. Biden outlined the incredible cost of Trump’s indifference to Coronavirus and its deadly impact on African Americans. The figures are sobering and may explain the real reason for the Trump administration’s indifference to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Biden: “It’s about equity and equality. It’s about decency. It’s about the constitution And we have never walked away from trying to require equity for everyone, equality for the whole of America but we’ve never accomplished it. But we’ve never walked away from it like he has done it…Close your eyes remember what those people look like coming out the fields carrying torches, their veins bulging, spewing anti-semitic bile and accompanied by the Klu Klux Kla. A young woman got killed, and they asked the president what he thought. He said that there were very fine people on both sides. No President has ever said anything like that.”
Biden: “You talk about helping African Americans, 1 in 1,000 African Americans has been killed because of the coronavirus. And if he doesn’t do something quickly, by the end of the year, 1 in 500 will have been killed. 1 in 500 African Americans. This man this man is the saviour of African Americans? This man cares at all? This man’s done virtually nothing. Look, the fact is, you have to look at what he talks about. You have to look at what he did. And what he did has been disastrous for the African American community.”
Trump: “He did the crime bill, 1994 where you called them super predators, African American are super predators. And they’ve never forgotten it. They have never forgotten it Joe so you did that and they call you super predators. You have treated the African American population community, you have treated the Black community, about as bad as anybody in this country…You called them super predators and you’ve called them a worse than that..As far as the generals are concerned, we just got the support of 250 military leaders and generals, total support. Law enforcement, almost every law enforcement group in the United States; I have Florida, I have Texas, I have Ohio…I don’t think you have any law enforcement support, You can’t even say the word law enforcement because if you say the word you will lose all of your radical left supporters.”
Chris Wallaces presses President Trump to condemn white supremacists and militia groups
Chris Wallace: You have repeatedly criticised the Vice President for not specifically calling out Antifa and other left wing extremist groups but are you willing tonight to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of theses cities like we saw in Kenoshaand as we are seeing in Portland.”
Trump: “Sure I’m willing to do that I would say almost everything I have seen is from the left-wing not from the right-wing.” I’m willing to do anything I want to see peace.”
Chris Wallace “Then do it, Sir”
Biden: “Say it”
Trump: “What do you want to call them. Give me a name. Give me a name. Go ahead who would you like me to condemn. Give me a name.”
Chris Wallace: “White Supremacists ”
Biden: “Proud Boys”
Trump: “Proud Boys Stand back and Stand by but I will tell you what someone has got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right-wing problem this is a left-wing problem.”
— James MARTIN (@james_nartin) September 30, 2020
Proud Boys Members Appear in Official Trump Campaign Video
Supporters of the far-right Proud Boys group can be seen in an official President Donald Trump campaign video released earlier this year following a rally in Colorado.https://t.co/MjZgJxEvao
— Strictly Vanguard ☭ (@christoq) October 2, 2020
NEW VIDEO: The Proud Boys are more than just supporters of Trump. His longtime advisor and confidante Roger Stone is openly a proud boy member. The reason Trump won't denounce them is because he is one. #ProudBoyTrump. Pass it on. pic.twitter.com/NX1PD5c421
— Really American 🇺🇸 (@ReallyAmerican1) October 1, 2020
According to polling data a large section of American society is undeterred, they continue to support Trump regardless of his actions. The presidential debates are not expected to move the needle in any significant way.
You will find more infographics at Statista
Let us know your thoughts. Did Trumps failure to condemn white supremacy embolden far right extremists?