Trump goes into first presidential debate having told more than 20,000 lies or more than 20 lies a day, and with more than 205,000 Americans dead of COVID-19 under his leadership Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 4, 2021

U.S. President Donald Trump is going into his first presidential debate against Democrat Joe Biden on Tuesday night, having told more than 20,000 lies, according to the Washington Post, which has been tracking the President’s lies. Mr. Trump is also heading into the debate having presided over the worst coronavirus response in the world, with more than 205, 000 Americans dead and close to 200,000 more expected to die by January first, according to a model by the Washington State University.

Mr. Trump’s many lies are a source of concerns for the Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who urged Mr. Biden to skip the debate and deny Trump a national platform to spew many more lies.

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Last July, the Washington Post reported that it took President Trump 827 days to top 10,000 false and misleading claims in The Fact Checker’s database, an average of 12 claims a day.

“But on July 9, just 440 days later, the president crossed the 20,000 mark — an average of 23 claims a day over a 14-month period, which included the events leading up to Trump’s impeachment trial, the worldwide pandemic that crashed the economy and the eruption of protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody,” the Post wrote on July 13.

No matter how many lies or false claims the President makes on Tuesday night, the numbers speaking for themselves, even before revelations that he paid no personal income taxes in 10 of 15 years before he won the presidential election in 2016.

The United States has recorded the highest number of cases and fatalities in the world, with more than 7 million cases and over 205,000 deaths. Brazil is the second most affected countries in terms of deaths with more than 141,000 fatalities, followed by India with at least 95,000 deaths.

A University of Washington model which accurately pinpointed when the United States would cross the 200,000 mark now says at least 371,000 people would be dead from coronavirus by January 1. It is also predicting 2.5 million deaths worldwide by the same date.

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will go head-to-head in their first presidential debate on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time (2 a.m. West African Time) at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

The debate would be moderated by Chris Wallace, a journalist who works for conservative television network Fox News. It would last for approximately 90 minutes and run without commercials on networks and cable news outlets.

Chris Wallace of Fox News released a list of six general subject areas, including the (Trump and Biden records), (the supreme court, Covid-19), (the economy), (race and violence in our cities) and (the integrity of the election). These subjects are bound to change as news develops, he said.

There are three presidential debates between Trump and Biden. They are scheduled to take place on September 29, October 15 and October 22, 2020.

The Vice presidential debate will take place next week Wednesday, October 7, at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, while the second presidential debate (a town hall) is schedule to take place on Thursday, October 15, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida. The third and last presidential debate is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 22, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

The first presidential debate will be moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News while the Vice presidential debate on October 7 will be moderated by Susan Page of USA Today. The Second presidential debate (the town hall) will be moderated by Steve Scully of C-SPAN and the third presidential debate will be moderated by Kristen Welker of NBC News.

The 2020 United States presidential debates between the major candidates in the 2020 United States presidential election are being sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).

The coronavirus which has killed more than 205,000 Americans would likely dominate the debate as well as revelations early this week that President Trump did not pay personal income taxes for 10 years. Biden is expected to portray Trump as a failed President while Trump is expected to portray himself as the law and order president.

CNN listed the format of the debate as the following

First presidential debate — Six segments of approximately 15 minutes eachFrom debates.org: “The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.”

Vice presidential debate — Nine segments of approximately 10 minutes eachThe commission’s note on this debate’s format is the same as the first debate, except it omits the line: “Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other.”

Second presidential debate — This is a town hall featuring questions posed by members of an audience of citizens from the South Florida areaFrom debates.org: “The candidates will have two minutes to respond to each question and there will be an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate further discussion. The town meeting participants will be uncommitted voters selected under the supervision of Dr. Frank Newport, Senior Scientist, Gallup.”

Third presidential debate — Six segments of approximately 15 minutes eachThe format will be the same as the first debate, according to debates.org.

CNN noted that candidates can decide not to debate and “there was a move among some Democrats, like Nancy Pelosi, to get Biden to skip the debates and rob Donald Trump of an opportunity to lie and misrepresent facts on a national stage. Biden rejected the idea and promised to be a “fact checker on the floor.” Conversely, Trump’s campaign at one point threatened to not take part because of bias among possible moderators. But they were bluffing.”

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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