• Emily Batka

Presidential Debate 10/15/2020

First impressions are everything, and the first debate between President Trump and Vice President Biden was interesting to say the least. I’m sure everyone could agree that there were many things wrong from both sides of the debate. The second debate, however, was better to say the least. The clash between Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump was contentious but more well-behaved than their first debate, with fewer interruptions. Let's take a look at the different “facts” each of them provided.

Let's start off with Trump saying that “We have the best testing in the world so far--that is why we have so many cases.” This is false. The United States has performed more than 128 million tests since the pandemic began, but the total amount does not reflect a successful testing effort. More than 8 million Americans have been infected with COVID-19 while there are more than 220,000 thousand dead. Now to Biden, he said that, “We should be bailing them out, now, those small businesses. One in six are going under. They are not going to make it back.” This is true, in the ballpark of what surveys of small businesses have suggested could happen if COVID-19 persists.

One thing that Joe Biden has said, referring to Trump, is that, “He has caused the deficit with China to go up not down.” This, however, is false. So far this year, the trade deficit with China has gone down compared to last year's levels. Let’s fact check one more of the many things that Donald Trump has said. “You have done nothing other than the crime bill, which puts tens of thousands of Black men, mostly, in jail.” This is mostly true, because critics and experts say that Biden’s work on the bill has helped lay the groundwork for mass incarceration that devastated Black communities.

So now we have some true and some false information from both sides. You can realise and see that, no matter how much you support one person or another, they will bend the truth or even tell flat-out lies just to help their case.

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