Trump didn’t simply refuse to sentence QAnon however really praised the baseless, anti-Semitic conspiracy principle that Democrats are working a satanic international pedophile ring, first claiming “I do know nothing about QAnon,” then attacking antifa, then lastly saying “What I do hear about it, is they’re very strongly in opposition to pedophilia. And I agree with that.” In actuality, QAnon isn’t simply spreading a conspiracy principle, it’s hijacking actual efforts to combat child trafficking, getting in the way in which of organizations doing that work.
As The New York Instances reports, “In the mean time that Mr. Trump was successfully defending a fringe nook of the web, Mr. Biden, the previous vice chairman, was talking about company tax charges and citing the business-analysis service Moody’s, underscoring the extraordinary gulf separating the 2 candidates of their worldviews, insurance policies and connections to factual actuality.”
Biden not solely gave substantive, meaty coverage solutions to many questions—whether or not you want his insurance policies or not—he stayed and talked with the voters on the occasion for an hour after it ended, nonetheless answering questions.
Trump left and his marketing campaign immediately claimed he “soundly defeated NBC’s Savannah Guthrie in her function as debate opponent and Joe Biden surrogate.” It’s true that Guthrie did her greatest to make up for NBC’s cravenness in giving Trump the time immediately reverse Biden regardless of his refusal to debate, subjecting Trump to the unfamiliar expertise of follow-up questions and refusing to permit him to speak over and dominate her, but when Trump hadn’t been defending conspiracy theories and mendacity continuously, he might need had a better time.
Guthrie additionally pushed Trump on when he final had a damaging take a look at earlier than his COVID-19 prognosis—one thing it appeared he may genuinely not keep in mind, probably as a result of it had been so lengthy—and whether or not he had been examined the day of the primary debate. “Probably I did, probably I didn’t,” Trump answered, which is as near a agency no as we’re ever going to get—actually it’s affirmation he didn’t, regardless of the talk guidelines requiring it. One hopes the Fee on Presidential Debates has discovered its lesson concerning the honor system and the Trump marketing campaign.
Biden, as regular, confirmed management on mask-wearing and took the coronavirus pandemic critically, providing concepts for safely reopening faculties. However most of all, his primary decency got here by way of, and if that isn’t as entertaining, by some requirements, as Trump, it may be a “pleasant boringness,” as Matt Yglesias put it. He’s a very good man. He is aware of rather a lot about a number of issues, and you might disagree with him however he’ll discuss to you about how and why somewhat than yelling at you. He needs to make issues higher for the general public and the nation and the world, not revenue his personal firm and stroke his personal ego.
As contrasts go, I’ll take it.