Biden vs. Trump Round 1

A Shit Show

If you’re like me, you didn’t know what to expect from last night’s debate Biden vs. Trump Round 1. I went in with the best of intentions. I even recorded a pre-debate blueprint that captured the issues that I felt should matter most as we come down to the wire to follow along.

But shortly into the debate, I realized, the problems don’t matter. This election will not be about the issues that we face as American citizens.

Polls from CNN and Fox News

Bi-Partisan Disappointment 

Moreover, I think the majority of folks that watched last night’s debate were disappointed. On the one hand, President Trump prepped well for this debate. His prep included tons of misinformation. As bad as it sounds, you have to prep well to lie like that. Forty-Five did what he came to do, distract, and throw Vice President Biden off his game. Trump has never been an “issues” candidate. Yes, he’s made campaign promises, but Trump’s presidency’s basic premise was to scale back the progress created by his predecessor, former president Barak Obama.

Biden was Biden

The former vice-president landed some punches but wasn’t as prepared as he should have been. Trump did everything he did in his 2016 run. To match Trump’s energy, Biden’s team should have done a better job of reviewing Trump’s tape. Trump historically focuses on specific points. Forty-Five has made it his business to go after Hunter Biden.  Forty-Five has also referred to Joe Biden’s role in the 1994 crime bill.

 Biden vs. Trump Round 1 was filled with unfulfillment. 

Hell, he solicited the help of foreign dignitaries to dig up dirt on Biden and his son. How do you not prepare the vice-president for that?

The Difference Between Democrats and Republicans 

The difference between Democrats and Republicans, besides an inability to reach middle ground about anything, is that most Democrats lead from a place of morality. Republicans play to win, and their moral fiber has always been questionable. For the past 12 plus years, Republicans have been consistent. They have been obstructionist and reckless. They force policies on the American people without checking the pulse of the people they represent. Republicans ignore national polls and do what’s in their vested self-interest. Democrats respond in reactionary ways but are rarely proactive about issues that matter.

Trump Refused to Denounce Hate Groups

proud boys
A racist alt-right group.

Last night, Forty-five had an opportunity to distance himself from white supremacy. But why would he do that? Trump has built his presidency on divisiveness. If you think about it, it’s his only path to re-election. 45 has a strong base. They are going to vote no matter what. He does a fantastic job of going pushing his base to its limits. And hate or love his presidency, he’s right when he tells you he’s going to seat three Supreme Court Judges and close to 300 federal judges. Think about this for a second. Unless Democrats win the House and the Senate and expand the Supreme court, the 2016 election consequences will have a dire impact on American citizens. Last night’s debate didn’t improve our standing in the world. America is a laughing stock. A nation once the most powerful country in the world is now frowned upon by its allies.

Proactive vs. Reactive Democrats 

cnn tweet
A tweet from CNN

The path forward for Democrats is simple. There is no high road. You have to get in the pigpen and get dirty with 45. That’s the only way to drown out his noise. If we look at the fact check record, almost everything 45 said last night was a lie. But his constituents could care less if he lies or not. They don’t want to do the research. Trump supporters are good with the fake news narrative when 45 espouses his tropes.

The 2020 Election will be Decided in the Suburbs

A tweet from @Mr_Ankrum

Inner-city voters won’t decide this 2020 presidential election. That’s right, the winner of this election will be the candidate that most resonates with White suburban women. Oddly enough, white suburban women decided the 2016 election as well. Will they vote with their conscience? Or will they follow in the same path as they did in 2016? Whatever happens in this election, prepare for a “shit show.”

We have thirty-five plus days to prepare and be proactive instead of reactive. Regardless of whoever wins, a strategy is paramount. What’s your plan?  And that pretty much sums up Biden vs. Trump Round 1.



Published by Raymond J. Ankrum, Sr.

Mr. Ankrum is the current Superintendent of the Riverhead Charter School. Mr. Ankrum has gained notoriety as a school turnaround expert. He is enthusiastic about helping students from low (SES) find ways to end generational poverty through educational advocacy. If you believe PoC can end generational poverty by exercising educational opportunities, you have an ally in @Mr_Ankrum.

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