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10/16/2020 9:46:00 AM
First Presidential Debate turns into a roast session

By Levi Zimmerman
The first of three debates between presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden was perhaps the least informative, yet most entertaining debate, ever.
The debate was held last Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Samson Pavilion in Cleveland, Ohio. The moderator was Chris Wallace, who is a news anchor at Fox News. Going into this, I, as many other I'm sure, predicted it to be more of a reality show rather than anything informative, and that prediction wasn't so far from being right.
The first topic of the evening was the Supreme Court. After Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, both Democrats and Republicans were active in voicing their opinions. Democrats wished that the Supreme Court Justice be picked after the election in November, while Republicans wished President Trump would find the successor before the election, should he not be re-elected.
Just three days before the debate, the President nominated Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ginsburg's seat, which many people, mainly on the left, felt was disrespectful, due to her 27 years of service and landmark decisions.
The President pointed out that Democrats would do the exact same thing if they controlled the White House and Senate, which is certainly true. Obama failed to do this back in 2016. Former VP, Joe Biden, feels that "the people" should decide (meaning after the presidential election).
That was honestly the only talk about the Supreme Court, other than Biden alleging that Trump elected Coney Barrett because he has an agenda to abolish Roe v. Wade and The Affordable Care Act. Trump didn't deny those claims either.
Other than that, the first topic was a shouting match, as was most of the debate, with Biden expressing, "will you shut up, man?", as well as, "keep yapping man." The former VP also said "you are the worst president we have ever had." Trump also had words for Biden, stating, multiple times "in 47 years you have done nothing."
Another topic of the night was COVID-19, which very well could have already been in the President's system at that time. Trump said that he's done the best he can, and that if Biden was President, it would be much worse, due to how the H1N1 virus was handled while he was Vice President. One of the most comical points of the evening, I thought, was when Trump stated that he brought back Big Ten football. Don't get me wrong, I, as well as many Midwesterners I'm sure, am ecstatic that Big Ten football is back. That statement from the President just came out of left field.
During the COVID discussion, Trump stated that he believes people are "smart enough" to take precautions, such as wearing masks and social-distancing. I find that to be pretty ironic, as Mr. President is now afflicted from this "China virus."
Trump's income taxes were questioned by moderator Chris Wallace, and the President, skillfully, answered "I have paid millions in income taxes," as he didn't definitively say yes or no for the years of 2016-2017.
The President was quick to fire back at Biden, by mentioning, allegedly, that the Mayor of Moscow's wife gave Hunter Biden $3.5 million. Biden responded by simply saying "it is simply not true."
Another topic of the night was race. Trump stated that he's done more for African Americans than any other President, along with Abraham Lincoln. I don't know if I would go that far, but I will give him credit for being active in criminal justice reform. He has been a force in lowering the number of incarcerated people, including African Americans. Criminal justice reform is something that both Republicans and Democrats agree on.
The President also mentioned that Biden, allegedly, called African-Americans "super-predators," to which Biden denied. Joe Biden claimed that more needs to be done with our criminal justice system, which is maybe the only thing both candidates agreed on all night.
One thing I found exceptionally of bad taste was when Trump came after Hunter Biden, Joe Biden's son. He called Hunter Biden a "loser" for having issues with substance abuse. Now, what's the point of bringing this up during a presidential debate? Well, the point was to go as low as possible to make oneself look "better." Look, I'm aware that Joe Biden wasn't too professional and polite himself, but for someone we call our President, to go after somebody's son for struggling with addiction is just totally wrong.
By the time both candidates walked off of the stage, I was left with a bad taste in my mouth. I felt like I just watched two arrogant thugs talk over each other to show a potential partner who's more worthy of their 'vote.' I'm afraid this has turned into a popularity contest, instead of a presidential election.
Unless something happens between now and Oct. 15th, we'll get another hefty dose of Trump v. Biden in an almost pre-fight, press conference-like debate.

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