If you watched nothing else, please take notice of the final two minutes from last night’s debate. You can’t help but notice the stark contrast between the two candidates.
If you don't want to watch the entire debate, skip to very last question:
"Imagine this is your inauguration day – what will you say in your address to Americans who did not vote for you?"
— Beth Moore, GA House Rep HD-95 (@MooreForGeorgia) October 23, 2020
Donald Trump actually didn’t say how he would address Americans. Instead, he mostly tried to toot his own horn, while bashing his opponent:
We have to make our country totally successful, as it was prior to the plague coming in from China. Now we’re rebuilding it and we’re doing record numbers, 11.4 million jobs in a short period of time etc.. But, I will tell you, go back before the plague came in, just before, I was getting calls from people that were not normally people that would call me. They wanted to get together. We had the best Black unemployment numbers in the history of our country, Hispanic, women, Asian, people with diplomas, with no diplomas MIT graduates, number one in the class– everybody had the best numbers. And you know what? The other side wanted to get together. They wanted to unify. Success is going to bring us together. We are on the road to success. But I’m cutting taxes and he wants to raise everybody’s taxes. And he wants to put new regulations on everything. He will kill it. If he gets in, you will have a depression, the likes of which you’ve never seen. Your 401K’s will go to hell and it’ll be a very, very sad day for this country.
This would be the worst inauguration speech in history. https://t.co/1V556bP8gd
— Mike Thorpe (@MikeThorpeTVNZ) October 23, 2020
Biden’s answer couldn’t have been more different, he spoke directly to the American people. The New York Times said it was “an uplifting vision for what the United States would look like under a Biden administration and delineated clear goals for what he would do as president.”
I will say, ‘I’m the American president. I represent all of you whether you voted for me or against me. And I’m going to make sure that you’re represented. I’m going to give you hope. We’re going to move. We’re going to choose science over fiction. We’re going to choose hope over fear. We’re going to choose to move forward because we have enormous opportunities, enormous opportunities to make things better. We can grow this economy. We can deal with a systemic racism. At the same time, we can make sure that our economy is being run, and moved, and motivated by clean energy, creating millions of new jobs. And that’s the fact, that’s what we’re going to do. And I’m going to say, as I said at the beginning, what is on the ballot here is the character of this country. Decency. Honor. Respect. Treating people with dignity. Making sure that everyone has an even chance. Now, I’m going to make sure you get that. You haven’t been getting it the last four years.
Biden ends the debate with a reminder:
“What is on the ballot here is the character of this country. Decency, honor, respect, treating people with dignity, making sure that everyone has an equal chance. I'm going to make sure you get that." #Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/08saeCCMtu
— Stand Up America (@StandUpAmerica) October 23, 2020
Whether it was the last question or the messages presented throughout the whole debate, polls show that people thought Biden walked out of the debate on top.
— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 23, 2020
Trump got destroyed tonight. The last answer on inauguration was an exclamation point.
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) October 23, 2020