The first TV duel between presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden turned into a wild, chaos debate. The incumbent was responsible for this – and thus drowned out even the weak moments of opponent Biden. The debate for reading in the ticker minutes of FOCUS Online.
The essentials in brief: The first of three presidential debates between incumbent Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden was a mess. Again and again Trump interrupted his opponent and moderator Chris Wallace, changed the subject, spread lies and conspiracy theories. Biden was visibly annoyed by Trump’s behavior: once he cursed him as a “clown”, once he called to him to shut up.
It no longer had anything to do with a democratic debate, and maybe that was exactly Trump’s plan: Given the current situation in the USA, the president cannot score with issues on the topics of health policy, racism or the corona crisis.
Too bad the “main aloud” strategy drowned out Biden’s weak moments, some of which were in this debate. And so everything turned around that evening: Donald Trump. But the President did himself a disservice today.
04.39 a.m .: Biden affirmed with a tight “Yes” that he will recognize the result of the election, no matter how it turns out. And that’s the end of it. Host Wallace: “That was an interesting 90 minutes.” Indeed. There has never been such a chaotic TV debate in US history. Thank you, dear readers, for sticking with it!
04.36 a.m .: Question to Trump: If the vote count takes longer, will you appeal to your supporters to keep calm? Trump: “I appeal to my supporters to watch the polling stations closely. It will be fraudulent! ”That is not a yes. As evidence, Trump mentions a case from the city of Philadelphia where postal votes were mistakenly thrown in the trash – nine of them. Trump: “Bad things happen in Philadelphia.”
04.34 a.m .: Wallace mentions that postal voting can quickly lead to formal errors (wrong box ticked, envelope incorrectly sealed), which in turn can lead to disputes in court. What to do, is asked Biden? Biden doesn’t have a good answer either: The deadlines must be long enough and the information must be easy to understand.
4.30 a.m .: Now it comes to the question of the integrity of the election. Biden appeals to voters not to be discouraged and to cast their votes in large numbers. Trump claims that the postal vote is not trustworthy because US households received 80 million ballot papers without being asked. (That’s not true.) Republicans have been fighting postal voting for decades because it tends to be used more by young people and minorities who feel more like Democrats.
Suddenly Trump is talking about cows
04:26 am: Trump mentions his environmental agency’s plan to plant a trillion trees. (Such a letter of intent does indeed exist.) Then he criticizes Biden for the “Green New Deal,” an ambitious climate plan for young left Democratic congressmen – which is not Biden’s plan. Trump: “Oh, you don’t support the Green New Deal? That’s surprising news! ”(Biden had distanced himself from the plan several times in the past, but was inspired by it in practice.)
04:22 am: Now that it comes to the intricacies of political concepts, Biden is in his element. The democrat reports his plan to initiate an ecological transformation with a climate-friendly economic policy. And he confirms once again that he wants to rejoin the Paris climate agreement, from which Trump made the United States in 2017 had led out. Trump then accuses Biden of wanting to abolish planes and cows. This is not a typo. (Cows emit methane.)
04.18 a.m .: We’ll talk briefly about climate change. Trump does not want to say that climate change is man-made, which science has now agreed on. But it is important to have the most clean air and maximum clean water. Moderator Wallace: “And why did you then reverse the environmental regulations from the Obama era, which are supposed to ensure clean air and clean water?” Trump: “Because this has increased energy prices.” In addition, modern cars are getting cleaner, which means that Regulations would become unnecessary.
04.17 a.m .: Terrible scene: Biden mentions the (now confirmed) report that Trump called fallen soldiers “losers”. “My late son was a soldier and he wasn’t a loser!” Says Biden about his son Beau, who died of cancer in 2015, and becomes emotional in the process. Trump’s answer: “Which son? Hunter? What he did in Ukraine … “
04.13 a.m .: “Under this president we have become more insecure, sick, poorer and more divided,” Biden begins his plea. Then Biden refers to his successes as Vice President: “I was asked to fix an economy in recession, that’s what I did. I defended myself against Putin while he doesn’t even dare to criticize him. Under him the rich have become richer and the poor have become poorer. ”
04.11 a.m .: We come to the closing arguments: Why should the Americans vote for you, Donald Trump? The President replies that it went really well until the corona pandemic: “Everything was good! We even moved a little closer together! ”Then Trump says he has“ rebuilt the military ”and helped the veterans. He also appointed many new judges.
Trump does not want to distance himself from right-wing extremists
04.09 a.m .: Probably nothing sums up the evening as well as this scene: presenter Wallace wants to nail Biden to the wall with a critical question, but Trump saves Biden by chatting so often that Wallace can never finish his question.
4:05 a.m .: Trump is asked whether he distances himself from right-wing extremist groups like the so-called “Proud Boys” on stage. Trump evades the question and speaks about the Antifa.
04.03 a.m .: Now Trump is accusing his opponent of having increased the crime rate during the presidency of Obama and Biden. Biden, meanwhile desperate: “That is just wrong. The crime rate fell by 15 percent back then! ”(That’s right, at least with regard to violent crimes.) When moderator Wallace asked the president that the murder rate had skyrocketed this summer, Trump blamed the Democratic mayors of the big cities. (However, the homicide rate has also increased in major Republican cities like Tulsa, Oklahoma.)
4 a.m .: One of Trump’s rare hits: The president mentions Biden’s initiative behind a draconian judicial reform from the 1990s that particularly affected African Americans. “You called black offenders ‘super-predators’ back then,” Trump told Biden. He replies: “I never did that. (However, Biden did use the word “predators”; the term “super-predators” comes from Hillary Clinton.)
03:57 a.m .: In his response, Trump accuses Biden of the fact that his “radical left supporters” are responsible for the fact that the protests in the big cities sometimes escalate violently. (Biden tends to be unpopular with the radical left, albeit more popular than Trump.) The president continues to Biden: “You can’t even say the word ‘law enforcement” because otherwise you would lose your radical left supporters. Why can’t you say the word ‘lawman’? “
03.55 a.m .: From Charlottesville to Portland: Now it’s about racism and the mass protests in the USA in recent years. Biden on Charlottesville: “There were people with torches shouting nasty anti-Semitic filth, and Trump said there were good people on both sides.” Trump: “That’s not true.” (Trump got the now infamous sentence at a press conference with dozens Cameras said.)
03:52 a.m .: Trump throws Biden several conspiracy theories about his son Hunter on the ears. (All of which are not true.) When Biden wants to refute the allegations, Trump interrupts him again and again. Biden: “It is difficult to get a word in with this clown – sorry, with this person.” Then the Democrat mentions that it is Trump’s children who are involved in several corruption scandals. “I don’t want to talk about family,” says Biden, “but I could.”
When it comes to his tax payments, Trump is on the defensive
03.48 a.m .: “He screwed it up,” says Biden of Trump’s economic policy. “We handed him a booming economy.” Trump: “That’s not true. After the economic crisis, they had the slowest recovery since 1929. ”(In fact, the Obama years were characterized by steady economic growth that continued under Trump – until the Corona crisis.) Then Trump claims that German carmakers have been around since his election located in the state of Michigan. It is unclear whether the German carmakers know about it.
03.47 a.m .: Biden the current tax system. that relieves the rich at the expense of the middle class. Trump: “Why didn’t the Obama administration change that?” Biden: “Because you introduced the system.”
03.45 a.m .: Wallace: “Are you going to tell us on stage today how much income tax you paid in 2017?” Trump: “Millions of dollars.” Trump won’t get any more precise.
03.43 a.m .: Now Wallace speaks to the president about the report in the “New York Times” that he has hardly paid any taxes in the past 15 years. Trump: “I paid millions of dollars in taxes.” Biden: “Show us your tax return!” Trump: “I will as soon as it is checked by the tax office!” Trump had already made this excuse during the 2016 election campaign.
03.42 a.m .: “I brought back schools, I brought back football!” Says Trump on stage in the football-mad state of Ohio.
03:39 a.m .: Now let’s talk about the economy. Trump promises the economy will soon recover. Biden replies that so far the economy has only recovered for the rich. But nothing will change for ordinary workers and “the people at the front” in the health sector. “You can’t fix the economy if you don’t solve the corona crisis first,” says Biden. Trump did nothing for small entrepreneurs, he could not even provide teachers and students with masks. (The Trump administration had introduced a loan program for small business owners, but a number of firms fell through the cracks.)
03:38 a.m .: Trump had accused Biden five minutes ago of wanting to bring about a second shutdown. Now he is criticizing Biden for allegedly against the first shutdown.
03:36 a.m .: Wallace moderator asks Trump why he is holding large campaign events in enclosed halls in the middle of a pandemic. Trump: “People just want to hear what I have to say. If you were to attract the same crowds, “he says to Biden,” you would do the same. “
03:33 a.m .: Trump accuses Biden (without receipt) of wanting to bring about a second shutdown before the election in order to improve his chances in the election. Trump says of masks: “I wear masks when I need to. I just don’t wear them as often as he does here. Every time he’s seen somewhere he’s wearing the biggest mask I’ve ever seen. ”Then on stage Trump criticizes his own top health expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, for having changed his mind about the coronavirus before.
03:31 a.m .: Now Biden brings up an explosive report from the beginning of September: Tapes from Trump had emerged from February in which he had admitted to deliberately downplaying the danger of the corona virus. Biden: “He has to act smart and finally start to save lives.” Trump’s answer: “Never use the word smart around me. You were one of the worst in your school class. There is nothing clever about you. ”
03.29 a.m .: Now Trump is talking about the fact that there could be a vaccine very soon – even if experts say otherwise. Biden reminds viewers: “This is the same man who said in February that the virus would soon magically go away. The same man who recommended injecting disinfectant. ”Trump:“ That was a joke, and you know it. ”(That’s not true.)
03:27 am: Now Biden speaks directly to the audience. “How many of you have seats at the family table empty because you fell victim to this virus?” Trump shouts: “With you a lot more people would have died.”
03.25 a.m .: Now it’s about the corona virus. Biden attacks Trump: “He panicked. He didn’t know what to do. ”Trump replies that Biden’s strategy would have killed millions of people because, unlike Biden, he would not have prevented entry from China. (Biden was initially skeptical, but supported the move from the beginning of April). Then Trump lies that even Democratic governors (the US version of the prime ministers) praised him for his good work.
Biden to Trump: “Can you please shut up, man?”
03:21 a.m .: As a reminder, we are actually talking about the Supreme Court. Biden evades the question of whether he would appoint additional judges to the Supreme Court to settle Trump’s nominations. Trump jumps at it: “Why don’t you answer the question?” Biden is getting frustrated because Trump doesn’t let him finish a sentence: “Can you shut up, please, man?”
03:19 am: “He has no health policy plan, ”says Biden. “It’s all wishful thinking. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. ”Trump couldn’t explain in this segment what his plan for health insurance is.
03.17 a.m .: Biden is currently unable to give a coherent answer – because Trump keeps interrupting him.
03.14 a.m .: Trump appears offensive and aggressive in the first few minutes, often interrupting his opponent. But now Wallace puts him on the defensive with a question. “For four years you have been promising to replace the state health insurance with something better. Nothing happened. What is your plan? ”Trump reacts in frustration:“ I guess I’m in a debate with you now, that doesn’t surprise me. ”Biden laughs. Then Trump promises to cut the price of drugs by 80 or 90 percent.
03.12 a.m .: Trump accuses Biden of wanting to end private health insurance for 180 million people (which is not true). Biden: “I am the party. That’s not true.”
03.10 a.m .: Biden addresses the millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions who are at risk of financial ruin if health insurance is abolished. Trump replies: “There are 100 million of these people. They had their chance to say something. ”Biden grins: He knows that Trump just came across as very heartless.
03.09 a.m .: Biden argues that the American people should make judges’ appointments. In some states, however, postal voting had begun before Ginsburg’s death. In addition, Trump wants Barrett’s nomination to abolish the health insurance that is popular with Americans.
03.07 a.m .: The first topic: The Supreme Court, the Supreme Court. As a reminder: After the death of the liberal judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Trump’s Republicans want to push through a conservative candidate before the election – and ignore a promise they had made in 2016. “Well, we won the election,” says Trump. “Elections have consequences.” In addition, his candidate Amy Coney Barrett is above all qualified for the office.
03.06 a.m .: “Hello, how are you?” Biden says to Trump. “Thank you, good,” he replies.
3:00 a.m .: It starts with a few minutes delay. Moderator Chris Wallace opens the event.
02:58 a.m .: Trump and Biden haven’t arrived yet, but Trump’s grown children and First Lady Melania are there. Melania wears a mask, the children don’t – this is mandatory in the debate room.
Biden wants to bother Trump with two numbers
02.33 a.m .: So what are the candidates about to talk about? With Donald Trump it can be assumed that he will use the name Hunter Biden early and often. Around Biden, his son Hunter and a Ukrainian gas company called Burisma there is an extremely popular conspiracy theory in the Trump camp, which would require a time machine to somehow work, but we have not been a reality here for a long time.
In addition, Trump will probably address the sometimes violent protests in US cities like Portland and Milwaukee and somehow try to connect them with Biden. The democratic challenger, on the other hand, will probably name two numbers in particular: 750 and 200,000.
750 dollars is the sum that Trump only paid in income tax in 2016, as the New York Times revealed on Monday. And 200,000 is now the number of people in the US who have died of the coronavirus. Experts unanimously believe that with a more determined response, the Trump administration could have saved tens of thousands of lives. Biden will often remind the incumbent of this.
The Corona issue is also Biden’s best chance to attach the heart of his election campaign: the rescue of the state health insurance. The so-called “Affordable Care Act” was the greatest achievement of Trump’s Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, under whom Biden had served as vice president.
The state health insurance is extremely popular with the Americans, but the Republicans are currently looking to get rid of it through legal channels. So Republicans are happy to avoid the issue in the election campaign – unlikely Biden will let that happen today.
Shortly before the debate, Biden is attacked by a new conspiracy theory
02.01 a.m .: Even in the run-up, Trump’s Republicans are fighting dirty means. A few hours before the debate, the claim suddenly spread on Facebook that Biden would wear a button in his ear during the debate that would whisper the correct answers into him. A network of Trump fan sites spread a meme with the rumor at the same time on Tuesday morning, which was then shared several million times.
In the afternoon, the Trump-loyal news channel Fox News picked up the topic, and Trump’s campaign team itself spread the rumor via text message to its supporters – garnished with the claim that Biden had agreed to have his ears examined shortly before the start of the debate The commitment was then withdrawn.
There is no evidence that Biden relies on an electronic transmitter in the ear or similar trickery. His election campaign team also denied having agreed to an ear check on Tuesday. Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton also had to grapple with similar rumors in 2016. In any case, the conspiracy theory is not new: In the 2004 election, the then Republican incumbent George W. Bush was accused of being wired. In one photo, Bush’s suit had a strange crease on the back.
In the first debate, Biden and Trump share the same goal
1.30 a.m .: Welcome to the debate live ticker from FOCUS Online! Tonight from Tuesday to Wednesday, the official starting signal for a US election campaign will be given that has never been seen before. US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden will deliver the first of three TV duels today.
Both are under pressure. Trump, because he has been reliably behind in the polls for months and simply does not manage to shorten Biden’s lead. Revelations like the one in Monday’s “New York Times” that Trump has hardly paid any taxes in recent years are not helpful. The number 750 haunted all the US news media on Tuesday – in 2016, the US president paid just $ 750 in income tax.
For Trump, the next three debates are probably the best chance to turn things around again, if we refrain from trickery in the election and outside interference (as in 2016). And Biden? Due to the coronavirus, the challenger had to forego a number of major appearances, and in general the US media have so far given the election campaign less space than usual – also because of the pandemic. For many undecided alternate voters, this evening will be the first meeting with Joe Biden be the presidential candidate.
Americans have known Joe Biden, the politician, for decades, and for democratic campaign strategists this is both a curse and a blessing. On the one hand, Biden’s reputation as a charismatic, shirt-sleeved pragmatist with a heart has solidified so strongly that the desperate attacks by the Trump team have so far been ineffective. On the other hand, Biden has the reputation of being a clumsy guy who likes to mess things up and who makes embarrassing mistakes when performing in public.
Biden is an experienced speaker who also did a respectable job in the Democratic pre-election debates at the beginning of the year. But still: the fear is there. However, Trump is anything but a gifted speaker. His habit of deviating from the official script and improvising wildly has caused republican strategists to sweat for years.
In this respect, tonight for both candidates will be about not giving the opponent too much ammunition for commercials and internet memes. Substance is unlikely to be a matter of much today, the issues alone ensure that. For example, there shouldn’t be any questions about foreign, health or climate policy, but a lot will be about the coronavirus, the battle between Democrats and Republicans for the Supreme Court and the “integrity of the election”, as was the case in the run-up was called.
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