The first presidential debate if it can be called that — a 90-minute Donald Trump hissy — reached its lowest point when he refused to denounce white supremacists repeatedly and instead told the proud boys to stand and to urge his supporters to monitor polling places ‘very closely’ on Election Day.
The first presidential debate if it can be called that, from start to finish — a 90-minute Donald Trump hissy – fit reached its lowest point when he refused to denounce white supremacists repeatedly and instead told the proud boys to stand by and to urge his supporters to monitor polling places “very closely” on Election Day. It was not only a low point of this already ungrounded race – it was a low point in American politics altogether. Debates can get choppy. Debates can go hot. Temperers flare and ideas clash. That was not what this was: this was the president to shout over his opponent Joe Biden to stop him from even speaking, and the moderator, Chris Wallace, failing to keep him in place. It was an embarrassing ta – hat with Dana Bash of CNN Tuesday night.
Here’s a question: Are you prepared to do it all again? In its current form, two of these things are slated — on October 15 in Miami and on October 22 in Nashville — along with a vice-presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris on October 7 in Salt Lake City. Immediately after emergent from the utter hell of debate one, however, the Biden campaign was immediately faced with questions about whether it was worthwhile to go back through this again or not. Wolf Blitzer surveyed the wreckage as he sat a final presidential debate between the President of the United States and the Former Vice President of the United States. It was merely, “But we will see fairly soon.”
However, Biden did keep the idea — but the campaign did suggest that it would seek changes ahead of future events. I would imagine there would be some additional conversations with the debate commission, according to Politico. And what modifications could reduce the effects of Trump’s tantrums? Maybe a mute button as Margaret Sullivan of the Washington Post. Or maybe broadcast can rid itself of the split screen so that Americans don’t need to see Trump’s stupid expressions while Biden is trying to talk. Has the committee considered the possibility of allowing moderators to administer tranquilizers?
Of course, the fact that such adjustments are necessary is disconcerting, and there is no guarantee that they will constrain Trump — especially if future moderators, like Wallace, see their own “invisibility” as a virtue. As if a toddler climbs over a safety gate in a hallway, Trump surely finds a way to disrupt the proceedings, having nothing else to fall back on. There is an argument to be made that this is not a bad thing politically for Biden, given his leadership in the polls. The former Vice President was not always sharp Tuesday — he missed some opportunities and seemed to be at a loss trying to react to Trump’s wild embrace — but he was steady, honest and reasonable. Trump, by contrast, was widely seen as unhinged, with one participant in a focus group of these mythical undecided voters, conducted by GOP pollster Frank Luntz, convincingly likening the president’s behavior to that of The Atlantic – David A. Graham ”, saying the rest of the debate slate should be wiped. His colleague David Frum offered a compelling : “Who and what Trump is could not have been more vividly represented in The debate was not Trump versus Joe Biden or red versus blue. It was “zookeepers versus poo-throwing primates”. Another couple debate, in theory, could be an opportunity for Trump to dig himself into an even deeper hole – turned off all but the hardcore supporters deep enough down the right-wing rabbit hole.