Unless you were a Trumper, your reaction to the debate was likely justified.

Every reaction about the election debate that I have read from friends, real and and on social media, was justified.

It was awful.

But I’m not against having more. Trump let loose is not a good look to most people.

When Joe Biden, who I didn’t support in the primary (as surely you know), turned to Trump and said, “Shut up, man!” I totally understood it.

Those who were looking for polite discourse?

That train left the station long ago.

Trump’s white chauvinism. His bullying. His call to the Proud Boys to stand by. His threats to annul the results of the election.

It was four years wrapped up into a 90 minute compilation tape.

The polls and morning focus groups don’t make it look like it did Trump any favors.

Whether you were worried, made more confident, think Joe did okay, or badly.

You were probably right.

Plan your vote.

24 thoughts on “Unless you were a Trumper, your reaction to the debate was likely justified.

  1. Your photos say it all.

    This debate was an absolute disaster. Wallace couldn’t control Trump who insisted on telling more of his lies and showing a level of immaturity that most people get over by high school.

    How about having a middle school teacher moderate the next debate? They know how to handle adolescents who can’t control their emotions

  2. Did not watch because trump is incapable of saying anything that matters to most Americans. There is that miniscule group of wealthy sociopaths and the variety of those who are devoid of common sense to realize they were conned by this crook. It was clear from the 2016 debates that he would bluster and puff to hide his incompetence. Cast my vote already and looking forward to either celebrations or searching for a psychiatrist.

  3. Kids were frightened, educators were horrified — and there was this: ‘PLEASE let an experienced teacher moderate the next debate

    By Valerie Strauss
    September 30, 2020 at 12:40 a.m. CDT
    Kids were scared, teachers were horrified — and there was this among the reactions to the Tuesday night showdown between President Trump and former vice president Joe Biden: “PLEASE let an experienced teacher moderate the next debate.”…


  4. Really a debate was frightening and horrifying? There was no swords, knives and fist fighting. 😐

    Frightening and horrifying is living in my extended family’s and my longtime communities of Lawndale, Garfield Park and Austin. Try having a debate in or out of school there. 😐

    As a Biden voter, I’d hope we’d spend time giving Biden helpful suggestions to win future debates. 😐

    Where was Biden’s bullhorn and why didn’t he tell Ugh! to STFU? 😐🤔

    1. Appreciate your comments, Eddie (on Diane Ravitch’s Blog, as well).
      Joe did, in fact, say, “Will you shut up, man?” (That quote is now appearing on t-shirts for sale: only in America!)

      & why not say “STFU?” Because, unlike his unworthy opponent, he comports himself in the manner one would expect of…well…a president.

      1. Thank you, Retired But Miss The Kids. I appreciate your comments too. 😁

        You’re right, Joe shouldn’t say STFU. He is very presidential. 😐

    1. Trump continues to be SUPERS SPREADER #1!! He takes a statin drug to control his high cholesterol and an aspirin to prevent heart attacks. He is obese at 244 pounds eats junk food, doesn’t exercise and now has contacted COVID-19, the Democratic ‘hoax’.

      The list keeps growing of who has gotten this virus:
      1.] Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien. He was in a closed-door preparation with the president and a half dozen other aides and advisors on Sat., Sun., Mon. and Tues.
      2.] Three Republican Senators: Wisconsin Ron Johnson, Utah’s Mike Lee and N. Carolina’s Thom Tillis
      3.] Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s former advisor after attending an event with several other who have come down with the virus
      4.] Republican National Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel who attended a White House event where Trump revealed his Supreme Court nominee last Saturday
      5.]New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who assisted Trump in preparing for Tuesday’s presidential debate

      Not wearing a mask does have consequences. How many people have died because they have believed Trump’s lies that COVID-19 is like the flu, or Rush L’s comment that it’s like a common cold? I thought warm weather was going to eradicate this disease. /s

      It should be gone by April but Trump didn’t say which year.

  5. I laughed…then felt ashamed for laughing through the schadenfreude lens…and then laughed some more…harder.

    “Satan Were Gonna Tear Your Kingdom Down” playing in my head… all the while…Glory Hallelujah.

  6. During Trump’s forthcoming medical exam, I hope the proctologist don’t forget to check his polarity…His mouth and anus may need re-reversed…which will prevent him from talking out of his ass?

  7. This is incredible. Pence, who knows nothing about infectious diseases, decides what will “keep America safe” during this crisis. Trump picks unqualified people and now the U.S. is suffering.

    The White House is said to have blocked a C.D.C. effort to require face coverings on airplanes, trains, buses and in travel hubs.
    Friday, October 9, 2020 6:59 PM EST
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drafted a sweeping order last month requiring all passengers and employees to wear masks on all forms of public and commercial transportation in the United States, but it was blocked by the White House, according to two federal health officials.

    The order would have been the toughest federal mandate to date aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, which continues to infect more than 40,000 Americans a day. The officials said that it was drafted under the agency’s “quarantine powers” and that it had the support of the secretary of health and human services, Alex M. Azar II, but the White House Coronavirus Task Force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, declined to even discuss it.

  8. The U.S. hasn’t nuked any hurricanes yet. Trump is amazingly intelligent. /s [Unique] Here is one of his latest blasts that make no sense:

    While speaking with Hannity on Thursday night Trump said: “California is going to have to ration water. You want to know why? Because they send millions of gallons of water out to sea, out to the Pacific. Because they want to take care of certain little tiny fish that aren’t doing very well without water.”
    Hannity didn’t ask what he was referring to.

  9. Last night, I dreamt of teeny tiny fishes clothed in Superman costumes…only to awaken to a nightmare.

    Vote like it will… count?

  10. This is what Trump’s lunacy is encouraging. What will happen if he loses the election? He’s already screaming fraud at mail-in ballots.

    The New York Times

    Virginia’s governor was discussed as a target by members of the same group charged in a plot to abduct the governor of Michigan, the F.B.I. said.
    Tuesday, October 13, 2020 12:16 PM EST
    During a hearing, Special Agent Richard J. Trask II of the F.B.I. said that Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia and other officials were targeted because of their aggressive lockdown orders to restrict the spread of the coronavirus.

  11. Noam Chomsky: Trump Is Willing to Dismantle Democracy to Hold On to Power

    The fact that Trump’s coup threat is even being discussed shows how effectively he has undermined formal democracy.

    Noam Chomsky: The “law and order” appeal is normal, virtually reflexive. Trump’s threat to refuse to accept the result of the election is not. It is something new in stable parliamentary democracies…

    Trump’s threats are taken quite seriously, not only in extensive commentary in mainstream media and journals, but even within the military — which might be compelled to intervene, as in the tinpot dictatorships that are Trump’s model. A striking example is an open letter to the country’s highest ranking military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Mark Milley, from two highly regarded retired military commanders, Lt. Colonels John Nagl and Paul Yingling. They warn Milley: “The president of the United States is actively subverting our electoral system, threatening to remain in office in defiance of our Constitution. In a few months’ time, you may have to choose between defying a lawless president or betraying your Constitutional oath” to defend the Constitution against all enemies, “foreign and domestic.”…

    The enemy today is domestic: a “lawless president,…In general, no stone is left unturned in Trump’s campaign to dismantle democratic forms and hold on to power….


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