President Trump’s Debate Plans Are…Not Good

UPDATE: The final kerfluffle begins:

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And that’s the ballgame

Tonight is the final Presidential candidate debate of the 2020 election cycle. The good news, if you are a supporter of President Trump, is that it will be physically harder for Trump to continually interrupt Democrat Joe Biden or NBC News moderator Kristen Welker.

The bad news? Well, pretty much everything else, as NBC News reports:

President Donald Trump is expected by aides and advisers to raise Hunter Biden and China throughout the final presidential debate here on Thursday and has been counseled by allies not to interrupt as much as he did in the first faceoff.

Trump allies are hoping that if Joe Biden is given more time to speak than in the first debate — when Trump repeatedly interrupted him — it will provide an opportunity for Biden to make a gaffe or give answers they believe will hurt him with voters. It’s unclear though how much Trump will follow that strategy, since he disregarded much of the advice he was given before the first debate.

Trump has done even less traditional debate prep for this second and final contest, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions. A few back-and-forth practice meetings took place on Air Force One over the last week while the president was traveling to battleground states. Those sparring rounds were more topic-oriented discussions with aides, however, and did not resemble formal sessions.

Most legitimate media outlets aren’t paying attention to a manufactured story (planted by Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon) about Hunter Biden and a laptop and…whatever. As longtime GOP messaging and polling strategist Frank Luntz said recently:

“Nobody cares about Hunter Biden … why is [Trump] spending all his time on him? [Pols emphasis] Hunter Biden does not help put food on the table. Hunter Biden does not help anyone get a job. Hunter Biden does not provide health care or solve COVID. And Donald Trump spends all of his time focused on that and nobody cares.”

It appears that the best the Trump campaign can hope for is that Joe Biden makes some sort of massive mistake tonight in Nashville, TN. Otherwise, Trump seems prepared to just dish red meat to his base instead of trying to actually sway uncommitted voters his way.

Tonight’s debate is scheduled to air at 7:00 pm on pretty much any channel you choose.

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  1. davebarnes says:

    Biden needs to mention Fat Donnie's own words on 60 Minutes regarding Obamacare.

    Did I write mention? Sorry, I mean hammer him. Pound his orange head into the stage floor.

  2. kwtree says:

    Biden’s doing pretty well on speaking softly and wielding a helluva stick. Speak, wallop, smile.

    Trump is stuck in his old shtick: get a pointed awkward question, pivot and attack Biden or another Democrat. Weirdly. He went on a riff about Joe and basements that sounded like a middle school kid. Also, bald-faced lies told with great conviction. “Nobody’s tougher on Russia than me.” “Nobody knew how bad this virus would be.”

    Now Biden’s attacking him on the secret China bank account and taxes. Very effectively. 

    And Welker’s doing great as moderator. I haven’t seen her use her mute button yet, but the threat seems to be enough to keep the Fear Leader more on track than usual.

  3. davebarnes says:

    I think Donnie Fatso over performed.

    He did not foam at the mouth, much.

    He interrupted less.

    I only watched to see him have a complete meltdown and I was disappointed.

  4. Voyageur says:

    The game has reached the two-minute warning.  Biden leads 12-0 on four field goals.  This is where Tom Brady would throw deep.  Trump walks slowly out on the field and calls Red 23 where the fullback runs off tackle.  He gains 2 yards.  The clock runs down to 1:23.  Trump calls Red 23 again.  The fans start filing out of the stadium.

    With 45 seconds on the clock, 3rd and 7, Trump calls a quarterback sneak.  He loses two yards.  

    Fourth down, 9 to go, six seconds on the clock.  Trump calls Red 23 again…

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