Trump’s (Unmasked) Last Gasp
On this episode of democracy-ish, Danielle sums up the debate and the looming election deadline: “There's not enough vodka to soothe the insanity I feel growing in myself.”
Trump didn’t physically attack, or cough on, anyone at the debate, so he seems to have exceeded the nation’s expectations. But it’s clear that he lost, while Biden made a compelling, empathetic case for our votes.
Biden is leading in the polls, and Trump’s debate performance didn’t move the needle. Can we learn anything from his empty promises and attacks on Biden?
What can the epic fall of short-lived mobile TV platform Quibi tell us about the racial wealth gap?
This week, we learned the U.S. set a new record of COVID-19 cases, the Russians are interfering yet again with our elections and the American president has a secret bank account in China.
Oh, and there was another debate.
Blessedly, no matter the outcome of the race, it will be Trump’s last.
POTUS “did not pee his pants and he did not storm off the stage,” Toure notes. “So he exceeded expectations –– which were grave-level low.”
The moderator, NBC journalist Kristen Welker, provided a masterclass in preparedness, professionalism, and complete control.
“She kept it moving. She didn't let them roll over each other. She didn't let Trump attack her,” says Toure.
Even so, Trump “had a terrible debate,” he adds. “He lied throughout it … He gave us the same old greatest hits: The lockdown is the real problem. I'm the least racist person in the room.”
Biden, on the other hand, actually answered questions. He looked straight into the camera and addressed the American people: “You know who I am. You know who he is, you know his character. You know my character. You know our reputations for honor and telling the truth.”
With less than two weeks left, “this might've been the first debate that a lot of people were watching,” Toure notes. “But Trump did nothing to change the trajectory of this race.”
With Biden leading in the polls and record-breaking early-voter turnout already, let’s hope he’s right. Something here?
Episode Highlights –– Trump’s Last Debate
Biden’s great awakening
“We just finished watching the third and final debate and Danielle is en fuego,” says Toure. “What are you thinking about?”
“I'm thinking that Donald Trump is a fucking racist. I'm thinking that I am so disgusted by the fact that he brought up Ukraine and China ... and I'm like, bitch, you were impeached because of Ukraine. Does anybody remember ‘can you do me a favor, though?’
No matter the question, Trump fell back on his talking points, Toure adds: “We don't really know what he's really thinking about.”
Meanwhile, “Biden seemed to awaken more and more as the debate goes on,” he says. “You get the sense that you get more than a politician who's been there and has deep ideas about lots of things, but somebody who cares about people. And that's a nice thing to have in the Oval Office.”
“But Trump has a hard time connecting directly with people who are not already sold on Trumpism. He cannot win them over.”
Uncle Joe talks ‘the talk’
Kristen Welker’s questions were tough and pointed, covering not only COVID but election security, family separation at the border and even “the talk, which every black family knows about,” Toure notes.
The talk “happens regardless of class and income, parents who feel they have no choice but to prepare their children for the chance that they could be targeted, including by the police, for no reason other than the color of their skin … Speak directly to these families. Do you understand why these parents fear for their children?”
Biden excelled in this segment.
“The fact of the matter is, there is institutional racism in America. And we have always said … we hold these truths to be self-evident, all men and women are created equal,” the former VP argued.
“Well, guess what? We have never, ever lived up to it.”
The way we discuss race is criminal (literally)
Meanwhile, Trump “glided right over” Welker’s question, says Toure, “going right to, hey, we gave money to HBCUs. And he said super predator once. Let's talk about that."