We’re roughly twenty minutes into the final 2020 presidential debate, and thus far both candidates are playing things fairly close to the vest. Donald Trump hasn’t yet tried to interrupt Joe Biden, perhaps because he knows his mic is cut anyway. But Trump is behaving in disconcerting fashion, even as Biden begins to take over.
Trump isn’t behaving as derangedly as he did during the first debate. But Trump does keep sniffing, suggesting that he might be back to whatever he was inhaling during his 2016 debate performances. Trump also referred to moderator Kristen Welker as “Kirsten” – suggesting he’s not capable of taking this seriously.
The most important moment of the night thus far came when Donald Trump claimed that the coronavirus is under control and that “people are learning to live with it,” only for Joe Biden to counter with “people are learning to die with it.” That line is going to sting, because it drives home the fact that Trump is negligently and dishonestly getting so many Americans killed.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report