The White House race reaches a climax: A month before the US presidential election, tonight (Tuesday through Wednesday) the first televised confrontation between President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden will take place. To be held next month until Voting Day on November 3rd.
Contrary to the practice in previous years, the confrontation will take place in accordance with Corona’s restrictions: only 80 spectators sat in the audience, and all were required to undergo Corona tests in recent days to make sure they were not carrying the virus. In addition, both sides agreed that they would give up the traditional handshake before the confrontation, nor would they replace it with “elbow shake” to avoid embarrassing documentation on the live broadcast. Trump, Biden and confrontation facilitator Chris Wallace will not wear masks during the confrontation, but will keep their distance from each other – unlike the memorable photos from 2016, in which Trump walked slowly behind Hillary Clinton during the confrontation.
The confrontation will deal with six issues chosen by Moderator Wallace, including the work of Trump and Biden so far, the Supreme Court – which has garnered much attention in the past week following the death of Judge Ruth Baider Ginsburg and the appointment of Amy Connie Barrett as a replacement candidate, and corona virus treatment. They will also focus on the American economy in the shadow of the crisis, racial tensions and violent protests across the country, and on the issue of election fairness. The confrontation will last an hour and a half, and 15 minutes will be devoted to each issue.
Trump will focus on Biden’s age
In the run-up to the confrontation, Trump’s main strategy seems to be focusing on Biden’s advanced age, who will be the oldest president at the beginning of his term if he wins the election. For this reason, Trump has been trying for months to portray the 78-year-old Biden as having lost his temper and easily confused – and as a result is unfit to serve as president.
Last night Trump said he would demand that “Sleepy Joe” be tested for drugs before and after the confrontation, with the former vice president allegedly using stimulant drugs to improve his public appearances. Biden said in response that he refused the Republicans’ demand, and received a stinging response from Trump: “I wonder why he did not agree?”.
Joe Biden just announced that he will not agree to a Drug Test. Gee, I wonder why?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 28, 2020
However, many commentators have estimated that Trump’s claims about Biden’s fitness may actually help Democrats. According to them, all Biden needs to do to meet the expectations Trump has created is to provide a reasonable and clear performance in order to be perceived as the winner of the confrontation and refute his opponent’s main claim. Also, every stumble of Trump in his remarks will get more attention and will easily be used in the Democratic campaign.
The tax storm at the center of the conflict
On the other hand, Biden is expected to divert the discourse to the New York Times’ revelation last night, in which Trump’s tax reports were published in the years leading up to his election as president. 10 of the previous 15 years he has not paid any income tax in the shadow of divas on huge losses.Already yesterday Biden introduced a “calculator” where the public can calculate how many taxes he paid and compare the amount to President Trump’s tax payments.
The investigation said that “while Trump proudly presents himself as a billionaire, in practice he is able to pay only a few taxes, and sometimes is unable to pay taxes at all, while simple middle-class Americans are able to pay much higher taxes.” The U.S. president has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Microsoft’s intelligence have been made more than once.
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