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Gary Bauer / Oct. 1, 2020

My Reaction


I was in six televised national debates during the 2000 Republican primaries. I know how difficult these debates can be. With that perspective, here's my overall reaction to Tuesday night's presidential debate.


I was in six televised national debates during the 2000 Republican primaries. I know how difficult these debates can be. With that perspective, here’s my overall reaction to Tuesday night’s presidential debate.

  • I don’t know whether Chris Wallace will vote in person, by mail-in balloting or by absentee ballot, but I know who he’s voting for. His anti-Trump bias was on full display last night. And I was glad to see President Trump call him out on it, saying to Wallace, “I guess I’m debating you, not him. But that’s OK, no surprise.”

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden did not have one of his completely befuddled moments that have happened so frequently this year. But over the course of the 90-minute debate, his energy level quickly declined, while Trump looked like he could have gone on for hours.

  • This isn’t just a talking point. Biden demonstrated again last night that he just doesn’t have the strength and fortitude to stand up to the far-left socialists in his own party, let alone the Chinese communists.


Here are some of Trump’s best moments. 

  • Trump went after Biden hard for wanting to shut the country down again, and he outlined all the negative consequences of doing so. He hammered Biden and blue state Democrats for shutting down the country in order to hurt Trump, even though they hurt the country, destroyed jobs and hurt many families in the process. Biden had no response.

  • The difference here is stark. Biden will shut down the country again. And, by the way, he’s also promising to raise your taxes. And that’s going to make the economy grow how?

  • Trump slammed Biden for refusing to answer questions about whether he would pack the Supreme Court. Biden dodged the question saying that his answer would become the issue. Well, it would only become the issue if he said he would pack the court. So, he’s effectively told us that he would in fact pack the court, which his running mate, Kamala Harris, already supports.

  • Trump pressed Biden to support law and order, and Biden even had difficulty saying the words “law and order.” Trump called on Biden to name one law enforcement group that has endorsed him, and Biden couldn’t.

  • Earlier in the debate, Trump challenged Biden on all the far-left positions he has embraced from Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Biden pushed back, saying, “I am the Democratic Party.”

  • But later Biden walked into a buzzsaw when he was asked if he ever called the mayor of Portland or Chicago and told them to get their cities under control. Biden dodged, saying, “I don’t hold public office now.” Well, which is it? You’re either in charge or you’re not. Biden’s trying to have it both ways.

  • At one point Biden bizarrely said, “Antifa is an idea, not an organization.” Where’s he been? In fact, the Obama/Biden Administration warned about Antifa engaging in “domestic terrorist violence.” Ideas do not engage in violence.

 
The post-debate snap polls were predictable. CNN viewers declared Biden the winner. Breitbart's snap poll declared Trump the winner.  But here’s one poll that may deserve a second look: Viewers on the Spanish language station Telemundo said Trump won by a landslide — 66% to 34%.


Trump’s Style


I have received some feedback regarding the debate from good folks concerned about the president’s aggressive style. Whether we like it or not, I think the tone of the debate accurately reflected the state of our union at this point in time. The country is deeply divided over fundamental beliefs.


Everyone has a different style, and we all know that Donald Trump is a fighter. And Trump would not have won four years ago had he not been a fighter.

Conservatives rejected the GOP establishment in the primaries, and the American people rejected “politics as usual” in the general election. And thank God they did, because if we had lost in 2016, we’d all be bemoaning the fact that “President Hillary Clinton” was making her third Supreme Court appointment now.

My friends, don’t forget what President Trump has had to endure the last four years.

  • Many leftists refused to accept the results of the 2016 election.

  • The “resistance” rioted during his inauguration.

  • The Deep State spied on his campaign and undermined his presidency.

  • His friends and supporters have suffered all kinds of harassment, investigations and prosecutions.

  • Democrats impeached him over a phone call, and they are threatening to impeach him again.

  • The left has viciously smeared him time and again. (More on that below.)

I’m not at all surprised that the president was a little “hot” last night. I suspect that any of us would be eager to defend ourselves and set the record straight if we had been subjected to similar treatment. We would also be furious over what had been done to us.


Anyone so upset about the president’s style that they are thinking about not voting or voting third party needs to seriously think about whether their frustration with Trump outweighs their love for our country and our values.

Joe Biden is no moderate. And you don’t have to take my word for it. He is running on a platform written by Bernie Sanders and well to the left of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

The “Racist” Smear

Tuesday night, Joe Biden again accused the president of praising white nationalists at the 2017 Charlottesville riot as “very fine people.” That is totally false, and Biden knows it. Even CNN's Jake Tapper, no fan of the president, has said this charge is false.

The fact that Biden continues to falsely smear the president as a racist speaks volumes about his character.


Well, Chris Wallace dutifully played his part for the Biden campaign last night when he called on the president to denounce white supremacists. (Wallace should have asked Biden to denounce rabid anti-Semite Linda Sarsour.)


The implication of Wallace’s statement was that bigots and racists are supporting Trump, therefore Trump must be a bigot too. And today the media are falsely claiming that Trump refused to condemn white supremacy.


This is another disgusting lie. He has repeatedly condemned David Duke, neo-Nazis and white nationalists. Trump also announced that he was designating the KKK as a terrorist organization. Joe Biden and Barack Obama could have done that during their eight years, but they didn’t.


The people obsessed with race are Democrats and their radical allies who are pushing extreme ideas like “critical race theory.”


Here’s what you need to know: 

  • President Trump pushed for and signed historic criminal justice reform.

  • President Trump pushed for and signed huge funding increases for historically black colleges and universities.

  • President Trump has pushed for immigration policies that aid black and Hispanic workers.

  • Under Trump’s policies, minority unemployment rates before the pandemic fell to record lows, while median household income set new records for two years in a row.

You can learn more about President Trump’s accomplishments here.


The Voter Fraud “Myth”

Voter fraud and the integrity of the election also came up at last night’s debate. Democrats and their media enablers dismiss any concerns about voter fraud and claim it is a myth, just like Antifa.

Well, voter fraud is very real and Americans have real reasons to be concerned.

  • In 2005, former President Jimmy Carter declared, “Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud.”

  • For much of his Senate career, Joe Biden was very concerned about voter fraud and tried numerous times to pass legislation increasing penalties for voter fraud.

  • More recently, an election in Paterson, New Jersey, was invalidated because of voter fraud.

  • Police are investigating possible voter fraud in Minneapolis.

  • The Texas attorney general recently filed more than 100 charges of voter fraud against four individuals, including a county commissioner.

  • And he may have an even bigger case on his hands if these sworn affidavits can be proven.

  • The Trump campaign is threatening to sue Philadelphia for blocking poll watchers from polling sites.

  • Elsewhere in Pennsylvania, military ballots marked for Trump were found in the trash.

  • In Virginia, more than 1,000 voters received two ballots.

  • In New York, 100,000 voters received ballots with incorrect addresses or ballots sent to the wrong person.

  • In Wisconsin, absentee ballots were found in a ditch.

  • There are hundreds of thousands of dead people still on state voter rolls, and who knows how many illegal aliens.

According to the Heritage Foundation, at least 20 elections have been overturned since 1992 because of voter fraud, which Democrats and the media say is a myth. Well, I’m certain we don’t overturn elections for nothing. So clearly the Democrats and their media allies are lying to you yet again.


My friends, I’m not telling you this to depress you. I am as frustrated by each of these stories as you are. But I am telling you this to motivate you.


Cheating can only make a difference in close elections. The left’s cheating won’t matter if the election isn’t close. That’s why we need to win in a landslide. That’s why every conservative MUST vote.

And I encourage you, if at all possible, to do it in person, whether you vote early or on Election Day. In-person voting is the best way to be certain your vote is counted.

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