Other than delusions of victory, Trump is trailing and needs to win the debates. Yet Trump, as with his original 2016 plan, remains focused on surviving past inauguration day short of an indictment.
Trump is desperate for a post-election deal that will cover his massive billion-dollar debts which he may cover with counter-intelligence information for the highest bidder. Eventually he’ll get that pardon (or even pardon himself) but some form of law is going to catch up with him, and he has to minimize the costs.
Asylum could be in the cards, but before that, Trump must believe that he can defeat Biden in the first debate as well as manufacture some GOP mischief.
ACB is now one major chit with the RWNJ donor class, especially with the dominionists. No woman is a Coney Island.
Sadly, Trump’s global brand could gain in the long-run, because that and a few actual properties were all he had left after the Apprentice, and Trump did have value, if only for organized crime.
The debate’s outcome as victory/loss will unfortunately hinge on memes, memorable or otherwise. That’s at least the horse-racing goal of MSM.
The two will scuffle over Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump is using his pick to rally his conservative voter base and distract from his record on the coronavirus, while Biden is warning of threats to health care and abortion
- Flashpoints: Trump also faced persistent questions, based on his statements about a rigged election, about whether he will accept the voting results should he lose. With millions at home watching, how will he respond if Biden pushes him to commit to a peaceful transfer of power? Both candidates will scuffle over Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump is using his pick to rally his conservative voter base and distract from his record on the coronavirus and other matters, while Biden is warning of threats to health care and abortion rights.
- For Biden, the debate will serve as sort of a reintroduction. While he has held limited events in some states and given media interviews, the coronavirus pandemic has largely rendered him off stage for months.
- Faced with alarming coronavirus statistics or unrest in the streets, Trump is quick to blame Democratic officials, activists, scientists – anybody but him. One of Biden’s goals will be making sure the public understands that Trump is the one in charge.
- Attempting to constantly pin Trump to the truth could turn Biden into a real-time fact-checker – possibly to the Democrat’s detriment. “It’s a big mistake to try and do that,” said Aaron Kall, the director of debate at the University of Michigan. “You have to focus on your own agenda.”
- Biden has worried aloud about reacting to Trump’s propensity for ad hominem attacks. On the campaign trail, the former vice president has sometimes shown flashes of temper, getting his “Irish up” as he calls it.
President Donald Trump held a rally in Virginia despite state health officials warning it posed a “significant health risk.”
President Donald Trump held a rally in Virginia despite state health officials warning it posed a “significant health risk.”Joshua Roberts/Reuters.
President Donald Trump is set to enter the first presidential debate on Tuesday down in the polls, but coming off the high of nominating his third Supreme Court justice. Some top advisers expect a dominant performance by the president, despite the opposing narratives of attacks on Joe Biden's mental state and the Trump campaign's work to raise expectations for the Democrat ahead of the showdown.
With days to go the debate, Trump has carried out conflicting and confounding strategies both repeatedly targeting Biden's mental acuity, claiming at a recent rally he doesn't know he's alive, while also making passing attempts to boost the former vice president as a seasoned debater who could outshine him.
“This guy doesn't have a clue. He doesn't know where the hell he is,” Trump told his supporters in Pittsburgh a week to the day before the first debate. “This guy doesn't know he's alive.”
At a campaign rally Saturday night in Pennsylvania, the president both attacked Biden as “dumb” before immediately lauding him as an experienced debater. “He’s a dumb guy. Always known as a dumb guy. But we look forward to seeing him in the debate. He's got a lot more experience. He's got 47 years. I’ve got 3 1/2 years. So we'll see. But he's got 47 years of experience.”
On Friday, the president delivered an extended attack on Biden, comparing the showdown to a boxing match while repeatedly pointing to his head and saying, “To win matches you need that up here. … This wins, probably, it's 50% of it. … It's great that it's that way, isn't it?”
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