Trump didn’t simply refuse to sentence QAnon however truly praised the baseless, anti-Semitic conspiracy principle that Democrats are operating a satanic world 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, “For the time being that Mr. Trump was successfully defending a fringe nook of the web, Mr. Biden, the previous vp, 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 instantly 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 continually, he might need had a neater time.
Guthrie additionally pushed Trump on when he final had a unfavorable check earlier than his COVID-19 prognosis—one thing it appeared he would possibly genuinely not bear in mind, presumably 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, presumably I didn’t,” Trump answered, which is as near a agency no as we’re ever going to get—definitely it’s affirmation he didn’t, regardless of the talk guidelines requiring it. One hopes the Fee on Presidential Debates has realized its lesson concerning the honor system and the Trump marketing campaign.
Biden, as standard, 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, and if that’s not as entertaining, by some requirements, as Trump, it may be a “pleasant boringness,” as Matt Yglesias put it. He’s a great man. He is aware of rather a lot about a variety of issues, and it’s possible you’ll disagree with him however he’ll speak to you about how and why reasonably than yelling at you. He desires 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.