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Trump and Biden town halls showed us two worlds, and only one of them is terrifying

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Toggling between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump taking questions in separate televised town halls nearly killed me.

I’ve been dizzy for hours and still can’t spell my name. Each time I close my eyes I see a flashing image of a calm expanse of ocean followed by a flashing image of Pennywise, the murderous clown from Stephen King’s novel “It.”

Clicking from one town hall to the other Thursday night felt like being atomized and transported to one reality only to be scrambled up and rocketed through a portal to a reality altogether different.

Biden, on ABC, was speaking calmly and intelligently about specific policy issues, from climate change to the coronavirus pandemic. Trump, on NBC, was speaking angrily and refusing to denounce bizarre conspiracy theories while showing off his ability to know shockingly little about anything.

During the town hall, Mercedes Schlapp, a senior Trump campaign adviser tweeted: “Well @JoeBiden @ABCPolitics townhall feels like I am watching an episode of Mister Rodgers Neighborhood.” Aside from misspelling “Rogers,” she was absolutely — and I’m quite sure unintentionally — correct.

Listening to Biden speak with empathy, kindness and understanding was like hearing the calming voice of Mister Rogers, a man beloved by Americans of every political stripe. We’ve had four years of the antithesis of Mr. Rogers and his Neighborhood of Make-Believe in the White House. We’ve had Mr. GRAHHHHHHHHHHHHGERS, the angry overseer of the Land of I-Can’t-Believe-This-Is-Happening.

Guests at Wunder Garten Beer Garden watch as President Donald Trump speaks during a town hall on Oct. 15, 2020, in Washington, D.C.
Guests at Wunder Garten Beer Garden watch as President Donald Trump speaks during a town hall on Oct. 15, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images)
On ABC, Biden spoke of decency and bringing Americans, both Democrats and Republicans, together. He even complimented Trump on brokering bilateral agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

On NBC, Trump defended a tweet he shared on his Twitter account that alleged Osama bin Laden’s killing was staged and that members of Navy SEAL Team 6 had been killed to cover it up.

“That was an opinion of somebody and that was a retweet,” Trump said. “I’ll put it out there. People can decide for themselves.”

On ABC, Biden was asked about protecting the rights of LGBT people and answered by sharing a story from his childhood. He saw two men kissing for the first time, turned to his dad and his dad said: “Joey, it’s simple. They love each other.”

On NBC, Trump was asked by moderator Savannah Guthrie if he would denounce the QAnon conspiracy theory, an outlandish pile of dangerous nonsense that revolves around a staggeringly baseless belief that Democrats are involved in a satanic pedophile ring.

Trump claimed to not know much about QAnon, though he has repeatedly shared tweets from Twitter users who support the conspiracy: “What I do hear about it is they are very strongly against pedophilia and I agree with that. I mean I do agree with that.”

Guthrie asked: “But there’s not a satanic pedophile cult …”

Trump responded: “I don’t know that.”

It was then that my soul briefly left my body. I think it needed to scream into the void.

I clicked to Biden and he was talking about the importance of wearing masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

I clicked back to Trump and he was wildly misrepresenting a study he clearly hadn’t read and saying — insanely and absolutely incorrectly— that 85% of people who wear masks get coronavirus.

At one point I returned to Biden’s town hall and wondered why my stomach had stopped shooting acid into my throat and my brain didn’t feel like it was about to explode and send my eyeballs flying across the room.

Back to Trump and he was trashing Obamacare while promising a health care plan he couldn’t articulate — because it doesn’t exist — and claiming state coronavirus restrictions are a conspiracy against him.

It was like jumping from a rerun of PBS’ soothing Bob Ross show “The Joy of Painting” to a scene of a hyena devouring a wildebeest on Animal Planet.

These were not two candidates with different views on governing. These were two candidates who exist in entirely different realms, one tethered tightly to a world most Americans can see and relate to and the other spinning violently away to a dark and noise-filled world of self pity and paranoia.

That might explain why the first Trump-Biden debate was such an explosive debacle. These two worlds can’t intersect.

Those who prefer the delirium of Trump’s world surely viewed Biden as boring, but holy Moses, let me tell you, there are those of us who think boring sounds beautiful. Hearing a serious person say serious things without yelling or disparaging others is a welcome respite from four years of unending dingbattery. (It has been so bad I had to make up a word to describe it.)

I doubt the two town halls changed the minds of many voters.

Bouncing back and forth between the events changed my mind only in the sense that it may now be permanently altered. The cognitive dissonance of all-caps TRUMP vs. regular Biden bruised my thinking meat, breaking down synapses then building them back again, simultaneously embedding nightmares and infusing an unfamiliar sense of serenity.

It nearly killed me. But it was worth it to get a fleeting reminder of what normal looks like.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/rex-huppke/ct-trump-biden-town-hall-qanon-rogers-calm-election-polls-huppke-20201016-3oke7rhwhbdrfcshgbnpqmimbe-story.html

your furors gonna looooo oo oo oo oooooose

do they have wifi in the sewers? i dont want you guys to stop posting just bc you slithered back where you came from

 

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Both worlds suck.

Trump's world is making things worse and trending towards an undemocratic state.

Biden's world is going back to the way things were. Which also sucked, bigly.

But hey, I guess it's better to participate in bourgeois politics while voting "still matters".


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1 minute ago, f8ta1ity54 said:

Both worlds suck.

Trump's world is making things worse and trending towards an undemocratic state.

Biden's world is going back to the way things were. Which also sucked, bigly.

But hey, I guess it's better to participate in bourgeois politics while voting "still matters".

Maybe Bernie will throw his hat in the ring at the last minute!!!!!.  LOL

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18 minutes ago, Thebowflexbody said:

Maybe Bernie will throw his hat in the ring at the last minute!!!!!.  LOL

um. no.


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46 minutes ago, Meathead said:

I’ve been dizzy for hours and still can’t spell my name. Each time I close my eyes I see a flashing image of a calm expanse of ocean followed by a flashing image of Pennywise, the murderous clown from Stephen King’s novel “It

Jesus H. Christ, Rex! That’s some rhetorical license you’re spewing there, wow! Unless, ......it’s true. WERE you really dizzy for hours and couldn’t spell your name? Maybe “Rex” identifies as non-gender. You gotta wonder with that kind of drama queen editorial.

p.s. It’s R-E-X H-U-P-P-K-E

yes, I’m attacking the messenger. It goes to his way of thinking. Slanted and biased. I can see why the CT employs him. Neither trump or Biden are good candidates for president, nor will either ever be great. They both are too fatally flawed. But when you demonize one while making the other angelic, I’m not giving any weight to your arguments. But that’s just me.

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There are indeed two worlds depicted on TV yesterday night.

One was hosted by a Democrat operative who tossed softball questions to a candidate who had all of them well ahead of time so that he could rehearse his rhetoric. No challenging questions were asked especially about the number one headline across America involving the corruption of the candidate's son.

The other world was also hosted by a Democrat operative who threw odd undisclosed questions out to the candidate which were less authentic questions and more statements trying to make an association between him, white supremacists, Qanon, and any other thing cast in a negative light. This operative constantly challenged the candidate and frequently interrupted him not allowing him to fully answer every question.

Somehow we were supposed to believe that these debates and town halls were conducted under neutral circumstances but only a fool would believe such a thing. They call it programming for a reason.

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Boy that is a terrible article you posted.

Anyone can see what happened at those town halls. They were widely criticized by even some of the outlets that usually don't say a word...it was that bad.

One thing it does do though is give people more of an idea of just how biased and out to get Trump while protecting Biden the media really is.

I personally think they are unintentionally red pilling Americans, so I'm good with it. Plus I actually think Trump handled her about as well as anyone could.

That article is pure garbage. I feel sorry for anyone that read it in it's entirety. 

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2 hours ago, f8ta1ity54 said:

Both worlds suck.

Trump's world is making things worse and trending towards an undemocratic state.

Biden's world is going back to the way things were. Which also sucked, bigly.

But hey, I guess it's better to participate in bourgeois politics while voting "still matters".

Compared to now, before was fucking Midgard


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TV Ratings: Biden Wins Town Hall Duel With Trump

 

Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Donald Trump appeared in directly competing town halls on Thursday night, after the President dropped out of the second debate.

Trump’s hourlong appearance on NBC, which drew criticism across the industry and even an angry letter from top talent and showrunners who work with NBCU, trailed Biden’s 90-minute session with ABC in the ratings, even with the cable news networks factored in.

Biden averaged 14.1 million total viewers on the Disney-owned network alone, while Trump brought in 13.5 million across NBC, MSNBC and CNBC combined. In terms of the two cablers, MSNBC contributed 1.8 million viewers and CNBC just over 700,000, meaning that Biden beat Trump 14.1 million to 11 million in the direct broadcast battle.

 


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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Speaking of debates ,let's watch this gem of an example of how Republicans dodge questions (And then claim they "Won the debate")

 

 


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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