Trump Claims He’s Better than Lincoln
The final Presidential debate has concluded, and I’d like to give my sincere thanks to the star of tonight’s debate; the Presidential mute button.
Because the moderator was able to mute whichever candidate was not meant to be talking at any given moment, the debate was a lot less messy than the one that came before it. As a result, we were finally able to see what each candidate really thinks of each other and the issues.
And when I say issues, I mean the big one.
The standout moment of the night took place when the moderator asked President Trump and Former Vice President Biden about “the talk.”
The talk is referring to the conversation that black and brown Americans need to have with their kids on how to avoid being shot by police. Tips like making sure their hands are visible at all times during an interaction with police, and taking down their hoods before crossing the street.
When asking the candidates to address “the talk”, the moderator asked whether the candidates believe that it happens, and to address the parents directly and discuss the problem.
Biden spoke first, and told a story about the work his daughter does as a social worker.
He admits that the problem is huge, and that it needs to be made a focus. He says that because of his daughter, he’s seen discrimination first hand, and that he wants to enact policies to address it.
It was a vague answer and didn’t provide any tangible solutions, but seemed genuine and acknowledged the problem. The standout moment for me came later, when he admitted to the mistakes he made in the 80’s.
Trump called him out on being part of the ‘war on drugs’ and helping vote in laws that disproportionately impact black and brown Americans. After being called out, Biden admitted that he was at fault for his part in the vote, and that he wanted to correct his mistake as the next President.
It stood out in particular because I haven’t heard Trump apologise or admit fault once in four years. Has anyone?
When it was Trump’s turn to speak, he also admitted that he believes “the talk” is real. He then began to justify himself and claim that he is “the least racist person in this room” and that he’s enacted lots of policies for the benefit of black people.
He claimed to have tackled prison reform in an effort to help black people, and that he’s given money to black universities.
He’s like every white guy who loans his black friend $5 for a coffee and then considers it impossible that he can be racist after that point.
Better than Lincoln?
When Trump first started speaking, he claimed that he was possibly better for black people than Abraham Lincoln. He claimed that Obama had done nothing for black people, and that he had gotten “very friendly” with some of them.
Something about his tone while saying “very friendly” was particularly creepy.
Later, Biden addressed Trump as Lincoln in his response, literally calling him Lincoln.
“Abraham Lincoln here is one of the most racist presidents we’ve had in modern history.” – Biden referring to Trump.
Trump asked Biden why he was calling him Lincoln, and Biden responded by saying that it’s because Trump made the comparison himself.
Trump then said:
“Not since Abraham Lincoln has anyone done what I’ve done for the black community.”
The moderator asked Trump to justify calling ‘Black Lives Matter’ a symbol of hate, and Tweeting and re-Tweeting racist Tweets.
Trump argued that his first experience of Black Lives Matter was listening to them chant angry slogans at the police including “pigs in a blanket.”
The animosity felt by the black community towards police was his justification for the way he’s treated Black Lives Matter. After saying this however, he was quick to remind everyone that he’s still “the least racist person in the room.” Because, as everyone knows, the more you claim not to be racist, the less racist you are… right?
While I don’t believe that Trump gives even one one-millionth of a shit about the black experience in America, he did seem defensive of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
When addressing foreign powers and his position on world leaders including North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Biden called the dictator a “thug.”
Trump tried to claim that his close relationship with the dictator was the reason America hasn’t yet been hit with any ballistic missiles.
Trump then taunted Biden for his inability to get a meeting with Kim Jong Un, proudly referencing the times he’s managed to secure a face to face meeting.
Then, instead of condemning the dictator, Trump called him “a different kind’a guy, and he probably thinks the same of me.” As if the crimes the world leader is guilty of are simply the understandable acts of a quirky guy.
Biden tried to remind Trump that without dealing with North Korea, war could be around the corner.
Trump then said: “North Korea, we’re not in a war, we have a good relationship.”
Biden then replied:
We had a good relationship with Hitler before he invaded Europe.
But who knows, maybe Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump are indeed best buddies and that’s why America hasn’t been bombed. Maybe he’ll indeed release his taxes “soon”, and maybe wind farms really are releasing mysterious gasses up into the atmosphere, choking us all.
Or maybe he’s a raving old celebrity who’s helping out his business interests and buddies in power.
So either he’ll be seen for what he is and voted out in a couple of weeks, or he’ll be re-elected and followed up by President Bieber. “Let’s make America Beliebe again.”
Don’t tell me you can’t see it happening.