The most surreal moment of the debate was when Trump accused Biden of a disastrous handling of the H1N1 flu outbreak, with 14K deaths, to the current COVID-19 pandemic, with over 211K deaths and counting:
"You're the worst president that America has ever had" -- Biden to Trump pic.twitter.com/N5Hh9nj4Ns— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 30, 2020
At least he followed this up with a zinger about Trump's disastrous COVID-19 prognostications:
"14,000 people died, not 200,000" -- BIden to Trump as he tries to do H1N1 whataboutism pic.twitter.com/EghoG2mzWK— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 30, 2020
Trump's response was a failure- one does not make sarcastic statements about a deadly pathogen. It was also nice to hear Biden call Trump a clown, especially given Trump's excessive application of facepaint that night:
As Trump baselessly suggests that a coronavirus vaccine will be available as soon as next month, Biden interjects to say, "this is the same man who told you by Easter this would be gone away. By the warm weather it'd be gone ... maybe you can inject some bleach in your arm." pic.twitter.com/47mH71xo9J— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 30, 2020
Perhaps Biden's best line of the night was 'get out of your bunker, get out of your sandtrap', highlighting both Trump's cowardice and his Marie Antoinette/Emperor Nero response to a crisis:
"It's hard to get any word in with this clown" -- Biden on Trump pic.twitter.com/VSRYFqc5nd— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 30, 2020
"You should get out of your bunker and get out of the sand trap and get in the Oval Office" -- Biden to Trump— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 30, 2020
"It's China's fault" -- Trump on the coronavirus pic.twitter.com/uHXvbsE5nD
It was a terrible debate, and the general consensus is that it was a Scheißeanzeigen, and I'm sure it didn't change any minds. I can't imagine that the next two proposed debates will be any better... at least I'll have time to restock my supply of Żubrówka.
ADDENDUM: I forgot to mention the elephant in the room, Donald Trump's exhortation for a right-wing gang to 'stand back and stand by'. Luckily, last weekend, with three and a half weeks of preparation, a national muster of these assholes couldn't assemble more than three-hundred or so in Portland:
As ugly as it might get, we outnumber these creeps... vastly.
"Proud Boys, stand back and stand by": It bears repeating -- there has been no presidential debate moment more disqualifying than this pic.twitter.com/n7hRT7P2g0— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 30, 2020