Joe Biden certainly is no rock star on the charisma scale to lure in the public with starry eyes and wonderment. But Biden was solid enough to prove his mettle when dealing directly with a feckless immature bully that Trump illustrated time and time again for the World to witness. Instead of actually being prepared for the debate, Trump bullied, interrupted, and yes, incessantly lied while talking repeatedly over Biden. My wife was timing the responses to see if both actually were afforded equal time to present their arguments. Chris Wallace, the moderator was straight out of Fox News casting - allowing Trump to interrupt Biden just as he was about 40 seconds into his two minutes of allotted time. Instead of insisting Trump shut up, Wallace failed to control Trump and even interjected his own subjective questions towards Biden on the costs of the "New Green Deal" (which is not the role as a moderator). As the debate went off the rails, so did Chris Wallace and so did any effort to have this "Debate" rise to the occasion it was meant to be. Instead of educating the public on where the candidates stood on issues important to America, Trump dragged us all down into a rabbit hole of third grade tirades and name-calling, To think 41% of Americans thought Trump did well in this debate reflects just how ignorant our country really is. We are in a bad way here in America, only with a real leader will we find our way back to our accustomed pre-Trump "normal."
One thing though will stand out more for the historians from this debate - Trump's very obvious refusal to tell White Supremacists they have no place in our society or politics. Instead of attacking them, especially The Proud Boys (an all male, misogynistic, white supremacist Anti-Semitic terrorist group), Trump told them directly to prepare for the election loss - by gearing up their violence. "Stand back and stand By" has now become the rallying cry on social media for The Proud Boys and the KKK. Trump and the GOP must be really proud that Trump actually came out and admitted what they have only been willing to say in private for all of these years. The GOP and Trump are a party of, and for White Supremacists. What can Biden do? Win baby, just win.
On that note - vote early and encourage everyone to also vote. My wife and I cast our ballots yesterday, dropping our ballots off at our local elections office. Count two votes in Florida for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Stay safe and try to have a great week. The end of this American nightmare is within reach. It's time to make Trump and Trumpism go away - forever.