Trump Debate Performance Was Racist, Dishonest and Predictable
Why are people surprised that President Donald Trump’s first debate performance turned out to be a flaming hot mess? Have people been paying attention? This is how he operates; he’d rather create a bigger fire to distract from the four dumpster fires on his lawn. Tuesday’s debate performance was classic Trump.
Lack of preparation
Trump must be the laziest president in history. He spends hours watching TV, doesn’t read reports, even when they’re boiled down to a page, and would rather listen to the FOX News gargoyles than government experts who know what they’re talking about. I wasn’t surprised that he came into the debate unprepared.
I never believed he was doing debate prep. His strategy was obviously to create as much disruption as possible to stop Vice President Joe Biden from showing how much he knew. Two days later and we’re still talking about the interruptions, not policy.
There were times, particularly during the conclusion of the debate, when almost every comment from Trump was inaccurate. — Daniel Dale, CNN fact checker.
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Again with the lying.
Is anyone going to hold Trump accountable for his lack of honesty? He rambles through speeches recounting anything he heard. After the debate, CNN fact-checked him and found several falsehoods, such as claiming Biden made the “superpredator” comment and charges of widespread election fraud. CNN fact checker Daniel Dale called Trump’s debate performance “an avalanche of lies.”
“There were times, particularly during the conclusion of the debate, when almost every comment from Trump was inaccurate. Most of his false claims were ones he’s made before and which have been repeatedly fact-checked and found to be false, rather than one-time slips or gaffes,” said Dale.
There’s been some talk of canceling the other debates. I don’t believe that to be true, but I do wonder why we even go through this charade when Trump refuses to tell the truth? He’s not a reliable source of information. Whenever he opens his mouth, assume that at least half of what comes out isn’t true.
White grievance is a core part of Trump’s message and personality. His niece, Mary Trump, has described him as a white supremacist and he kicked off his presidential campaign by painting Mexican immigrants as drug dealers and rapists. The last four years have been more of the same. Calling African countries “sh*tholes,” urging more immigration from Norway, the Muslim ban, etc.
Why are people surprised when Trump says something racist? This is who he is, and it’s what his audience wants. I wasn’t surprised when he sent a shout out to the Proud Boys, a racist street gang.
The more frightening thing is how he’s priming the country for violence. The Proud Boys, who have been linked to several assaults, saw this as a green light. Less than 24 hours later, Proud Boy Alan Swinney was arrested in Portland, Ore. and now faces 12 charges. And the group has printed merchandise with the Trump phrase “stand down, stand by” on it.
Andrew Anglin, founder of The Daily Stormer, a vile white supremacist website, said he took Trump’s words as a sign to “go to war.”
“I got shivers,” said Anglin in a message posted on Wednesday. “I still have shivers. He is telling the people to stand by. As in: Get ready for war.”
And urging supporters to inspect polls is just a disaster waiting to happen. It’s illegal to harass voters or stop them from casting their ballots. Trump is going to end up getting his supporters arrested or even worse.
“This is a blatant attempt at voter intimidation,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D,). “It’s very important to be clear about that. It’s illegal. It is a crime to engage in voter intimidation or election interference.”
If the next debate even happens, Trump will do more of the same. He’s been doing it throughout his term. And he’s only getting worse as his reelection chances wither and he faces the real possibility of going to jail. So expect more of the same lying, racism and conspiracy theories at the next debate. Forewarned is forearmed.