Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Presidential debate

Sept. 30, 2020

Someone on the radio said Trump "took control" of the "debate". Yeah, in the same way the Mafia or ISIS takes control of things. That does not make it something to be admired. Unfortunately, those with a cruel streak who enjoy seeing people hurt will admire him, but they do already. I think the "debate" was a good thing, because it allowed decent people who didn't already understand the kind of person Trump is to see it.

Sept. 29, 2020

Saw a Trumpist on someone's Facebook denying that Trump said   "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by."  Of course, people listening know he did say this.  Here is a clip of that.  Of course, it probably won't make any difference to a Trumpist, they'll ignore it, will put it out of their mind very quickly if they can't find an excuse for why it's ok.


When the BBC interviewed spokesperson for a republican group about the debate, he came out and said there was too much interrupting, and that Trump did most of it.

Saw this comment on Facebook:
I am a Dutch resident and watching this was very disturbing. Donald Trump is really a disgrace for your country. Do yourself a big favor a vote him out!!

 The debate went as anybody who has paid attention to Trump would expect.  With Trump massively lying and interrupting both Biden and the moderator.  Commentators are talking about both men interrupting, but what Biden did was very little compared with Trump.  And when Biden did it, it was to correct blatant lies from Trump, whereas Trump interrupted in order to lie.


I'm glad that the moderator did bring up the issue of climate disruption, which many of us wanted to see included in the debates.


Maybe the most outrageous claim of Trump's was that Obama chose not to fill a bunch of federal court judgeships, when the truth is that the republican Congress massively block Obama's choices for the purpose of keeping them open until they could be filled by a republican president.

In the primary debates, the moderators who were from the media avoided the problem of global warming almost entirely, cutting in and changing the subject when a candidate tried to discuss it. And now Chris Wallace, from Fox, has not included it in the debate subjects for tonight's debate. The topic was allowed to be covered more than in a few sentences on the one time when the moderator was not from the media. If I remember right, they were from a university. It is concerning that all the moderators for the presidential debates between Biden & Trump are from the media, which is beholding to it's owners and advertisers.

Sep 2, 2020

First presidential debate:

Chris Wallace, Anchor, Fox News Sunday
Tuesday, September 29, Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

The debate will be divided into six segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics to be selected by the moderator and announced at least one week before the debate.

The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.


September 28, 20205:12 AM ET
Barbara Sprunt

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will debate each other for the first time Tuesday evening, in the first of three presidential debates.

Here are the details:

When? Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 9 to 10:30 p.m. ET. (You can listen to the debate on NPR, and we'll have a livestream video online.)

Where? Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland. (The University of Notre Dame was originally supposed to host but cited the coronavirus pandemic in withdrawing.)

Who's moderating? Chris Wallace, anchor, Fox News Sunday 

What are the topics going to be? Wallace selected the following topics:

    Trump's and Biden's records
    the Supreme Court
    the economy
    race and violence in U.S. cities
    the integrity of the election

What's the format? The debate will consist of six segments to address the topics above, with each segment getting approximately 15 minutes.

Each candidate will have two minutes to respond to the opening question in each segment. Candidates will get a chance to respond to each other as well.



The Times will livestream the event, accompanied by analysis and fact-checking from our reporters. The debate will also be carried on channels including ABC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, MSNBC and NBC.

[NPR and PBS will also livestream the debates.]



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