President Trump and Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, went head-to-head again but in separate town hall events and experts have now decided who came out on top...
Trump vs Biden: Round 2.
via: ShutterstockAs we expected, the 2 rivals went head-to-head for the second time last night and it was pretty strange...
Firstly, because they were both at 2 separate events...
via: ShutterstockThat aired at the same time but still failed to match-up. There were also 2 hosts asking a bunch of different questions to each candidate in the hopes that they could sway undecided voters.
But overall, both candidates took a completely different approach to the events...
via: ShutterstockAnd were praised and criticized for it.
Tensions between the candidates have been bubbling for some time now...
via: GettyDuring the first debate, it seemed that their mutual feelings of resentment finally reached a boiling point.
The entire thing was messy, to say the least.
via: GettyIn a moment many weren't expecting... Biden suddenly lashed out at President Trump when he continued to speak over him.
While many have criticized Biden for his unprofessionalism...
@MSNBC Finally someone said to Trump what I’ve wanted to say to him for the last four years!— Doremus Jessup (@Doremus Jessup)1601429358.0
Now, there were many eye-opening moments from the ninety-minute debate.
via: GettyFor example...
The President was grilled on the newly surfaced allegations regarding his income tax.
via: GettyAsked if it was true that he paid just $750 in income tax in 2016, as reported by The New York Times last week, Trump said, without hesitation: "I paid millions of dollars in taxes, of income tax." Biden used this opportunity to ask for evidence of these tax payments, adding that Trump "takes advantage of the tax code."
Trump was also asked to condemn white supremacist groups...
via: GettyBut instead chose to focus on the left. He said: "Sure I'm willing to do that, but almost everything I see is from the left-wing. I'm willing to do anything. I want to see peace." And, when asked to give this group of people a name, he responded with "Proud Boys." Proud Boys, a neo-Nazi organization, appeared to use Trump's "stand back, stand by" call in a new logo posted on Telegram shortly after the debate.
The President did provide some good news with regards to a coronavirus vaccine, however.
via: GettyWhen Biden pointed out that 200,000 Americans have died during the pandemic as a result of the President's "lack of plan", Trump retaliated by insisting that "millions would have died if Biden was in charge." He then added that the US is "weeks away" from a vaccine, and his administration had done a "great job."
Biden's son, Hunter, was then dragged back into the firing line.
via: GettyThe President brought up Biden's son, claiming the mayor of Moscow's wife gave him millions of dollars and raising questions over his links with Ukraine. He also mentioned Hunter's drug problems.
Clearly, his words about Hunter hit a nerve with Biden.
Beau Biden was not a loser. https://t.co/hwzlZrjh75— Joe Biden (@Joe Biden)1601432460.0
The insults continued to flow.
via: Getty"Everything he's saying here is simply a lie, everybody knows he's a liar," Biden said during an exchange about healthcare. He also called Trump "the worst president this country has ever had."
And, of course, President Trump didn't take them quietly.
via: GettyNot to be outdone, Trump got in plenty of digs as well, firing at his opponent: "There's nothing smart about you Joe. Forty-seven years, you've done nothing." Yeah, it was a pretty painful watch.
But as for who actually won the debate?
via: Getty ImagesWell, the New York Post asked some experts to rate the candidates across a range of issues - and the results may surprise you.
On personal blows:
via: Getty Images"Remauro: Biden wins this one by appearing fatherly by defending his son against an aggressive Trump attack regarding Hunter’s addiction. Way too personal. Trump error — Trump C-/Biden B+ Mackowiak: I don’t even remember this section. This whole debate was a mess. — Biden: C- / Trump: C-"
On the Supreme Court:
via: Getty Images"Remauro: Trump by a hair. Even though Trump was hyperbolic and argumentative, he explained why he was within his rights to appoint his nominee. Biden capably turned the discussion to the Affordable Care Act but bungled his thoughts and didn’t land his punch. Biden deftly skipped over answering the ‘pack the court’ question but I don’t think that helped with his base — Biden: C / Trump: B
via: Getty Images"Remauro: This is a draw. Biden hit all his talking points and evoked emotion for lost loved ones. Trump landed punches pointing out Biden mishandling of H1N1 and that Biden didn’t want to shutdown the country early. Both fed their base — Trump: B / Biden: B Benjamin: Trump is on the defensive and falls back on blaming China, loses points by criticizing Biden for wearing a mask while his own family members sit in the audience wearing masks. Biden, who has no record to defend here, scores some direct hits, appeals to families who have lost loved ones to COVID — Biden: A-/Trump D
On the economy:
via: Getty ImagesBenjamin: Trump deflects, seeking again to shift blame for the COVID-induced economic crisis by pointing at Democratic governors who haven’t fully opened their states. Biden again plays to the left, where he needs to shore up support, by going after millionaires and billionaires who have prospered during the pandemic. Also smartly pivots back to the COVID crisis — Biden: B+/Trump: C
On racism and law enforcement:
via: Getty ImagesMackowiak: Trump was fairly effective here. But he missed an opportunity to call out white supremacists by name — Biden: B- / Trump: B"
On the election:
via: Getty Images"Remauro: Trump by a hair, because Trump, Biden and Wallace agreed that the election wouldn’t be decided on Election Day and the viewers were left with unanswered questions about whether the paper ballots could be counted properly. Biden: B- / Trump: B
And now, the experts are back to analyze round 2.
via: TwitterThe Post's panel of experts looked at the second round involving the two political rivals and decided who came out on top.
Unlike the first debate, this one was more civilized... Mainly because they weren't in the same room together.
via: TwitterSavannah Guthrie acting as an adversary and fact-checker to the president asked Donald Trump some serious questions while ABC host George Stephanopoulos hurled a few curveballs at Joe Biden.
The intention behind it was to try and sway undecided voters.
via: TwitterBut let's see who came out on top.
According to the New York Post's expert panel, Donald Trump may have just snatched this one.
via: TwitterWhy? Because Staten Island Republican political strategist Leticia Remauro and David Birdsell, dean of Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs agreed that Trump handled the questions better overall.
Birdsell said this:
via: Twitter“Of those who presented as undecided in the audience, it was a strong performance. The president interacted well with questioners and seemed much more contained than in his debate with Biden."
Remauro also added this:
via: Twitter"The questions were softball. I think Biden lost votes with his answers on why black voters should vote for him, transgender rights, and fracking."
Matt Mackowiak explained that Trump was "himself" the entire way, which may have gained him the "upper hand."
via: TwitterMackowiak is another Republican strategist who said "Trump gave his standard responses on these subjects. It was interesting to see him post-COVID recovery. I think he may have helped himself marginally [last night]."
However, Eric Soufer argued that Biden might have just snatched this one because he was "calm and collected..."
via: Shutterstock“I think Biden’s decency, calm, and thoughtfulness — especially when compared on a split-screen to Trump — will have a lasting impact on the remaining undecided voters," said Soufer. But Remauro shut him down with, “[I] don’t think that’s enough to get him elected president."
Bring on November 3rd.
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