Joe Biden was surprisingly aggressive, it was perhaps the best debate he has had in 2020.
Republicans had argued that if he was allowed to speak more, he would stumble on words. However, he was allowed to speak more and that did not happen.
Many expected him to be on the defense, but Joe Biden went on the attack and turned around attacks against his son Hunter Biden.
He, again, urged President Trump to release his tax returns as he has done in the past 22 years. He pushed him to talk about his secret bank account in China. Trump’s attacks against Biden did not seem to stick.
In his closing argument, Joe Biden spoke directly to the Americans people, listing what he would tell those who did not vote for him, when asked about his possible inauguration speech.
Biden lambasted Trump over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that anyone who has presided over the deaths of 220,000 Americans to the coronavirus should not be President of the United States.
He urged Trump to get the money to the Americans people to tackle the virus and save the economy, and wondered why the President and the Republicans were more interested in saving the multi-billionaires than the ordinary people.
Joe Biden had one job to do tonight – do no harm and he was able to stay the course, and seemed to speak more to a broad American audience.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, was able to demonstrate a shocking lack of humanity, especially when talking about children who have been separated from their parents, and about black people and brown people who live near polluted areas across the country.
Trump also falsely claimed the coronavirus was going away when they are actually getting worse, with cases increasing and the country seeing about 1000 new deaths in the past 24 hours.
Donald Trump also seemed to be speaking to his base and to Fox News audience, and not to all Americans.
It seemed Trump did not deliver the knockout he was expected to deliver, and did not do anything that could change the trajectory of the election and therefore lost.
Journalist Daniel Dale, the fact checker, speaking on CNN, described Trump’s performance as the “bombardment of dishonesty.”
He described Biden as imperfect but a candidate who spoke the truth more than Trump.
Biden came out as the clear winner.
Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times columnist, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, summarized the debate with a question and an answer.
He wrote on Facebook: “What did you think of the presidential debate just now? My take was that President Trump improved dramatically from his first debate, and Biden improved modestly, but that Biden still won.
“Trump’s problem was that he needed to change the dynamic of the race, and instead he reinforced it. He moderated his behavior and was more subdued, and that made this a much better debate than the first one. But Trump still didn’t have any answer to America’s pandemic of disease and of economic distress. His response today is the same as in March — it’s all about to get better — and it’s no more credible now than it was then.
“Trump also had no good answer on health care (he’s still about to introduce a health care plan, as he has been for four years), or on why he pays more taxes to China than he pays in U.S. federal income taxes. Trump was particularly weak on the government ripping children from parents at the border, for he lashed out in every direction and simply showed no compassion. Whatever the politics, that family separation is a tragedy: We took more than 500 children from their parents, and now we can’t find the parents.
“Those kids are orphans because of U.S. government policy. Any normal person would feel some compassion, but Trump expressed no empathy and said the kids were being treated well. To me at least, Trump simply reminded us of what his own family members have said: that he simply lacks the capacity to feel compassion for anyone but himself.”