It’s the beginning of the end – a series of debate nights, and last night was the last one. President Donald Trump and running mate Vice President Joe Biden, took the final stage. squaring off in Nashville, Tennessee, less than two weeks before Nov 3rd.
The debate was a much more orderly process than the first time the two candidates met in September, with relatively few interruptions and stricter controls on speaking time. While the audience noticed the ‘mute’ button wasn’t really being used, it did have you wonder was it an idea to scare Trump into acting like an adult.
Moderated by NBC’s Kristen Welker, the 90-minute event featured 15-minute segments touching on coronavirus, foreign policy, the economy, race, climate change and more.
The President, who is not doing well in the polls, defended his handling of the pandemic while criticizing Biden for failing to act on a variety of Democratic proposals when he was vice president, warning that Democratic priorities would hamper the economy.
“You will have a depression the likes of which you’ve never seen” if Biden is elected, Mr. Trump said. He also brought up recent reports about Biden’s son Hunter’s overseas business dealings, while defending his own foreign business ventures.
Trump unleashed an unrelenting series of false, misleading and exaggerated statements as he sought to distort former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s record and positions and boost his own re-election hopes. The president once again relied heavily on well-worn talking points that have long been shown to be false.
Biden called out Trump for his mishandling of the pandemic, which has claimed more than 223,000 American lives, and said he had never been involved in his son’s business deals, calling the president’s accusations “malarkey.” He often turned to the camera to address the audience at home directly during the debate.
Biden stated, “Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as President of the United States of America,” he said at one point. “I will take care of this. I will end this. I will make sure we have a plan.”
While being fact checked during the debate, Trump’s famous words of ” We are rounding the turn.” about the Covid-19 pandemic,The New York Times fact-checkers determined that was not true. The United States is not “rounding the turn” when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic. The fact is, there is now a third surge in progress.
Trump warned that if Biden is elected, “you will have a depression the likes of which you’ve never seen.”
223,000 people are dead, 12 million people are unemployed, and the Trump Administration won’t approve a second stimulus package.
President Trump, this is The Depression.
Jessica Velle is writer from Los Angeles, CA. She focuses on shining a light on culturally diverse stories.