A Disappointment to this Nation
As I sat down to watch the debate, I knew it would be cutthroat at best. I doubted Trump’s ability to have a mature debate, but I hoped he could hold it together to appear even the slightest bit Presidential. However, he did not fail to disappoint. The most overwhelming feeling I had during this debate was disappointment. The fact that someone as bigoted as Donald Trump could even be standing on a Presidential Debate stage, as the President of the United States, disappointed me. Even more disappointing was the inability to conduct a mature debate and engage in civil discourse with an opponent, as has been a tradition in this country for years.
To me, the most outstanding part of the night was not either of the candidates’ policies, but rather the show of their character. Donald Trump was a bully, not letting Biden or the moderator get a single word out. Like the BBC article said, this was a “catfight”. It was immature, with yelling back and forth and very much hostility. He also repeatedly, as is characteristic for him, launched attacks on Joe’s personal life that have nothing to do with policy or his capability to lead this nation. As Joe talked about his late son, Beau, Trump interrupted him (of course!) with attacks on Joe’s son Hunter. While Trump’s claims about Hunter receiving large sums of money from Russia are completely unproven, further attacking Hunter for a drug problem was cruel. Not only does it have no relevance to a Presidential debate, Trump clearly intended to upset Joe. I feel that Trump knows so little about his own policies that all he can think to say are either fabrications about his policies or immature personal attacks.
Trump once again proved his atrocious character when he failed to condemn white supremacist groups. Trump deflected the question, blaming the “radical left,” and even used rhetoric that seems to encourage these white supremacist groups. This was a disappointing and heartbreaking moment for me and many Americans. I’m not sure we could have expected much better from Trump, but the inability to condemn them in the slightest was extremely troubling. It is scary and disappointing to think anyone like this could become the leader of our country.
Ultimately, I don’t think this debate had much effect on undecided voters. I think Trump’s behavior created an environment on the debate stage that made even Biden look less than favorable. From the constant interruptions, lies, and personal attacks, I doubt it was easy for Biden to stay composed. Debates are a critical time to sway undecided voters, and I think the debate unsuccessful in doing so. Overall, this debate solidified Trump’s bigoted, white supremacist, immature, disrespectful character. Trump’s reputation precedes him and leaves much of the globe feeling sorry for our nation, as stated by the New York Times article. In all honesty, I feel sorry for us too. I am embarrassed that Trump is who was chosen to be a leader and representative of this nation, and I desperately hope he is not chosen again.
Also, welcome to the students from Ingolstadt! I look forward to hearing your perspectives!