Biden Vs Trump: There were no winners in that extraordinary first debate

Róisín Cullen

“I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it… Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural talent.”

The current President of the United States who is naturally skilled in epidemiology was hospitalised with Covid-19. The president  was treated with an experimental drug that has only been used before on “compassionate” grounds, instead of his preferred bleach Covid concoction. Would the average, obese, seventy-four-year-old man be offered such a treatment? Probably not.

Trump’s hospitalisation and his “everything is fine, no problems here” parade have distracted from a presidential debate that gave the whole world substantial entertainment. We watched as a world leader in his seventies had a temper tantrum that would make a toddler in the sweets aisle of Tesco ashamed.

This presidential debate took place at a crossroads in history. It is something that historians and students alike will study in great detail. They will watch in horror as they listen to two white men shout over each other while a pandemic continues to destroy their country and endangers everyone who calls America home.

America is a world power, and its decisions influence the whole world, whether we like it or not. Watching the debate in a serious manner would only lead to feelings of hopelessness and despair. Many watched the presidential debate as if it was a sitcom on TV about a dysfunctional man who won’t change his ways now.

Instead of critiquing the Republican’s candidate’s comments, we instead counted the number of times he interrupted his rival, mocked his opponent’s deceased son, or insisted that some people, somewhere, are very proud of him.

We found out that Dr Fauchi is Mr Trump’s new best friend and a vaccine is only weeks away. It is far better to remove ourselves from this reality and to view it through a different perspective. This presidential campaign is like the last seasons of The Simpsons. It stopped working a long time ago, and now we just watch to laugh off the stupidity of it all.

There were no winners in this debate. ‘Uncle Joe’ tried to hold in his laughter and look at the camera every so often in an attempt to return the debate to what really mattered, the people at home.

However, his attempts were in vain. This debate was all about Trump, a spoiled child at an overly extravagant birthday party. Trump’s aim seemed to be to rile Biden. Attacking an opponent’s son for his history with drug abuse may seem like a low blow, but over the years, we have been conditioned to expect it. Biden’s “Beau Biden was not a loser” tweet leaves a sick feeling in the reader’s stomach.

We remember that the throwaway comments made by a man with a red hat and no mask have consequences.

What Trump himself might not realise is that Beau Biden was a man. He had hopes and dreams, a favourite TV show, a food he hated. Now he has been reduced to “a loser”.

Who was the winner of this debate? There were no winners; there haven’t been for a long time. Trump continues to remind his loyal fans that everything is okay as he struggles to catch his breath. The real “losers” are the American people and everyone who believed in the idea of The Land of the Free.

Róisín Cullen

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