On Tuesday night, the first presidential debate of 2020 didn’t do much for Donald Trump, garnering outside support from undecided voters. The president came out in his typical aggressive bully-fashion while refusing to let Democratic nominee Joe Biden answer a question without interruption. Trump solely tried to rally up his base and neglected to reach out to voters that are on the fence.
And even though Trump has tried to paint Biden as senile or suffering from dementia, the opposite of that became clear. Biden wasn’t the person ranting on the stage while giving a shout out to white supremacist groups. No, it wasn’t Biden, it was Donald J. Trump.
Frank Luntz — a conservative — spoke to a focus group he hosted a Zoom-meeting for the Los Angeles Times, and Vox noted the reactions from undecided swing state voters, and it’s not good news for Trump.
Asked to describe Trump in one word or phrase, the responses were: “horrid,” “chaotic,” “unpolished,” “crackhead,” “ehh,” “puzzling,” “un-American,” “unhinged,” “an ass, but a confident ass,” “classic Trump,” “forceful,” “unhinged,” “bully,” “arrogant,” arrogant,” “typical.”
Then, asked to describe Biden, the responses were: “I was surprised at how well he did,” “better than expected,” “definitely more professional than Trump and I think he’s more a people person,” “competent,” “politician,” “showed restraint and compassion,” “politician,” “predictable,” “nice guy but lacking vision,” “coherent,” “leader,” “attentive and rehearsed,” “somewhat evasive,” “humanity and integrity,” “predictable,” “presidential.”
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Well, I don’t know how anyone could suffer through Trump’s debate performance and conclude, “Now, THAT’S the guy I want to vote for!” But, Trump has placed the bar pretty low — it’s practically on the floor, so even though people didn’t expect much from him, he even surpassed those expectations with a new bottom.
Trump failed to address the coronavirus when he first learned of the looming threat. Instead, he lied to the American people. Trump failed to address racial tension in this country, and last night, he gave hate-groups a wink and a nod – and oh boy, they are celebrating. So, as we shelter at home amid multiple national crises, Trump has been trying to make us feel even more pain. Imagine being proud of still supporting this president. At least Trump did a good job last night at getting people to support Joe Biden.