It was possibly the most anticipated Presidential Debate in our nations history. Millions of Americans tuned in to watch former Vice President Joe Biden go head-to-head with President Donald Trump, in what was expected to be a heated and personal battle. American voters had hoped to hear from both candidates on how they will tackle the many issues that are plaguing the country. However, American voters did not get that.
Instead, we watched what appeared to be a promo for a WWE pay-per-view match. We were only missing the pyro and entrance music. Imagine if the lights had went out mid-debate. The lights come back on only to find Joe Biden and Donald Trump unconscious on the floor. Kanye West is standing over them while "I Am A God" plays. But then, Jo Jorgensen comes out of nowhere and hits Yeezy with a steel chair. Would you have been surprised? I was actually expecting it, and somewhat hoping for it.
We know from watching Trump's debates with other Republican candidates, and of course Hillary Clinton, that he has no filter and he will come out of the gates swinging. And that is exactly what he did. But did it hurt him this time? The strategy was clear from the beginning - make Joe Biden lose his temper and his train of thought. It was obvious that Donald Trump was preying on the apparent cognitive deficit of Joe Biden.
While I expected this strategy, and I too thought it would work, Trump took it a step too far. There were several instances during the debate that Donald Trump had Joe Biden backed into a corner, thrown off guard and could have delivered a knock out punch. Instead, Donald Trump kept rambling and hurling attacks, only to take away the spotlight that Joe Biden didn't want to be caught in to begin with.
If you keep up with the news at all, you knew that Hunter Biden was going to be a topic of discussion. I wish that Donald Trump would have played his famous Nickelback "Photograph" meme of Hunter and just walked off stage. However, Trump was like dog trying to dig his teeth into an uncooked steak. You could sense that Joe Biden was scrambling for a way around this topic and it felt like Trump was about to deliver the KO. But Trump took away the focus and Joe Biden lived to see another round.
Biden tried to use the, more than likely made up, claim that Trump called the military "suckers" and losers" to connect with military voters. It's not like Trump is on video calling the military "stupid bastards". The moment that Joe Biden brought up his late son, Beau, who served in Iraq, Trump immediately tried to turn the focus back on Hunter Biden. Except, Trump took it too far and gave Biden an opening to deliver a punch Trump wasn't ready for. The exchange became personal when Trump went after Hunter Biden's discharge from the military, which Trump says was due to Hunter's drug addiction to cocaine.
Trump claimed that Hunter Biden never had a job until Joe Biden became vice president, and that Hunter was able to make a "fortune" from Ukraine, China, and Moscow. There is substance to these claims and we as American voters deserve to know the truth. However, Trump gave Biden a platform to look into the camera and connect with many families across America. "My son, like a lot of people, like a lot of people you know at home, had a drug problem. He's overtaken it. He's fixed it. He's worked on it. And I'm proud of him." Biden said.
Beyond the back and forth insults, name calling, and constant interruptions, the American voters did not receive details of either candidates policies. It's clear that Joe Biden is going to raise taxes, and it is clear that he dodged many questions about pressing topics. Joe Biden has a tough job - the man has to appease moderate Democrats (if those still exist) and he has to appease the radical left. Donald Trump entered the debate with little to gain, but you have to wonder if he lost focus on the fact that he has everything to lose.
Do you think there was a clear winner in the debate? Will you be tuning into the other upcoming debates?
The next debate will take place on October 7th at the University of Utah, when Kamala Harris takes on VP Mike Pence. I expect this debate to be less personal, but just as fierce.