After a chaotic first debate (that literally went nowhere) and a cancelled second discussion, Donald Trump and Joe Biden finally managed to get some messages across in the last of the US pre-election debates. Mixed messages, at the very least.
As per usual, Trump delivered a lot of empty talk with his main intention being to impress his followers and to turn on new ones, while Biden tried desperately to follow notes he’d prepared but again was constantly interrupted.
Yet even with Trump’s incessant butting-in, which caused Biden to fluff up a few of his words, the Democratic nominee and former US Vice President came as the cooler, calmer, more collected one. Only he truly F-ed up falling into Trump’s trap by highlighting his pro-fracking stance. (The clip is sure to be on Trump’s website by tomorrow).
Trump pulled some old tricks out of the proverbial hat, including insults to US neighbour Mexico, while also recycling old talk about wind not being a fast-enough nor manageable form of renewable energy.
“I know a lot about wind,” said the US President, reciting words he used last year while going off on bizarre tangents and proving he didn’t know much about wind at all (see the video below).
Trump insisted now was not the time to be concerned with sustainable resources and that, while this was a priority of Biden’s, it would mean “more carbon emissions” in the making of necessary equipment, anyway, eg: mills for wind farms.
Biden’s final message was that he promised to help bring America’s reputation back to a certain level of decency.
In sum, the final debate between the US 2020 presidential candidates was less of a mess than the first, but still not much was brought up about actual policy.
Indeed, these debates have done nothing for the fracturing field of politics except proven it is full of talk and not much action. Let’s just say whoever gets in as President of the Divided States of America has got a lot of change to put into action.
To give you an idea of where each candidate’s mind was at, you only need to read a part of their statements in response to the final question, “What would you say in your address to Americans who did not vote for you?”
Trump was typically self-indicting (in fact, he didn’t answer the question, using this final minute as another moment of self-promotion) while Biden presented himself in more of a presidential manner… or at least he answered the question at hand as best as he could.
Read the full transcript of both final responses, below. And then weep.
Question: “What would you say in your address to Americans who did not vote for you.”
“We have to make our country totally successful, as it was prior to the plague coming in from China. Now we are rebuilding it, and we are doing record numbers. 11.4 million jobs in a short period of time, etc. But I will tell you, go back. Before the plague came in, just before, I was getting calls from people that were not normally people that would call me. They wanted to get together. We had the best black unemployment numbers in the history of our country. Hispanic and Asian, people with diplomas, with no diplomas, MIT graduates, number one in the class. Everybody had the best numbers. And the other side wanted to get together, they wanted to unify, success is going to bring us together. We are on the road to success. But I’m cutting taxes, and he wants to raise everybody’s taxes, and he wants to put new regulations on everything. He will kill it. If he gets in, you will have a depression the likes of which you have never seen. Your 401ks will go to hell and it will be a very sad day for this country.”
“I will say, I am an American president. I represent all of you, whether you voted for me or against me. And I am going to make sure that you are represented. I am going to give you hope. We’re going to move on. We’re going to choose science over fiction, we’re going to choose hope over the fear, we’re going to choose to move forward because have enormous opportunities. We can grow this economy, we can deal with the systemic racism, at the same time we can make sure that our economy is being run and moved and motivated by clean energy, creating millions of new jobs. And that’s the fact. That’s what we’re going to do. And I’m going to say, as I said as a beginning, what is on the ballot here is the character of this country. Decency, honour, respect, treating people with dignity. Making sure that everyone has an even chance. And I’m going to make sure you get that. You haven’t been getting at the last four years.”