Watching the Debate Between Trump and Biden

I just finished watching the debates and it was just as bad as any debate that Trump participates in. I don’t think Biden did a good job. But it’s hard to do a good job when Trump is constantly interrupting Biden and trying to break Biden’s train of thought. Trump has been a lot worse in the debate because of his constant interruptions, his bullying, his crazy statements, his petty insults that bring out the worst in people. This debate is reminding me of everything that I despise in Trump (not that I need any reminding).

I watched Hillary’s debates with Trump in 2016 a few days ago and I think Hillary was the only person who effectively debated Trump. I can tell that Biden was struggling to keep his cool. But Biden still got caught up in the same name-calling trap that Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Jeb Bush got caught up in 2015 and 2016.

I think Biden’s best moment had nothing to do with any arguments on policy. I think Biden’s best moment was when he defended both of his sons’ honors against Trump’s personal attacks. I did sense a plan in Trump’s performance. Trump tried to emphasize the differences between Biden and the more progressive Democrats on issues like the Green New Deal and on the more radical proposals of some of the Black Lives Matter activists. And Trump made legitimate criticisms about Biden’s support of the 1994 crime bill. But all of that got lost with Trump’s constant interruptions and bullying.

A few days ago, PBS News Hour posted all the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates since the Kennedy/Nixon debates in 1960. I watched a few of them to remind me what a sane debate of policy and a debate on differing political philosophies looks like.

I am deeply depressed seeing how Trump has degenerated political discourse with his name-calling, conspiracy theories and bullying since he entered the political scene in 2015. Naming his opponents “Little Marco”, “Lying Ted”, “Low Energy Jeb”, “Crooked Hillary” or “Slow Joe” only makes the political discourse about personal insults rather than a debate on ideas. This is dangerous for democracy.

Watching tonight’s debate, I felt sorry for Chris Wallace. I think he did a commendable job trying to control the debate, even reprimanding Trump at one point. But I don’t think anyone would’ve done a good job. Wallace moderated the third Clinton/Trump debate in 2016 and he did a commendable job in that debate.

I got really depressed watching the debate. Personally I think Donald Trump is one of America’s worst Presidents. Before Trump came along, I used to think Nixon and Carter were the worst Presidents in my lifetime. But I think Nixon and Carter were far better Presidents than Trump, even taking into account their flaws.

The 1960 presidential cycle featured former Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the Democratic nominee, and Vice President Richard Nixon, a Republican. The first debate, and the first one ever to be televised, featured an hour-long discussion focusing on domestic issues. Moderated by Howard K. Smith of CBS, with questions posed by a panel of journalists, the debate took place on September 26, 1960, in Chicago.

The 1976 presidential cycle featured former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter, the Democratic nominee, and incumbent President Gerald Ford, a Republican. The first debate featured a 90-minute discussion, focusing on domestic policy. Moderated by Edwin Newman of NBC, with questions posed by a panel of journalists, the debate took place on September 23, 1976, in Philadelphia.

The 1992 presidential election cycle featured incumbent President George H.W. Bush, a Republican; Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, the Democratic nominee; and businessman Ross Perot, running as an independent. The second debate was a 90-minute town hall on a variety of topics, where uncommitted voters could ask questions. Moderated by Carole Simpson of ABC, it took place on October 15, 1992, in Richmond, Virginia.

About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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