Apparently, the 8.4m coronavirus cases the US has recorded since the start of the pandemic aren’t the result of failed policy. It actually just means the testing is really good. At least according to Trump.
“We have the best testing in the world so far,” he claimed. “That’s why we have so many cases”.
3. When Trump tried to claim he “pre-paid” millions of dollars in tax
Trump pushes back on the NYT's report that he only paid $750 in federal taxes by claiming he "prepaid" millions of… https://t.co/oovHDIgZus
Once again Trump decided to state that no one else – bar ol’ Abe Lincoln – has done more for Black Americans than him.
“No one has done more for the Black community than Donald Trump, with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln,” Trump announced during the debate, citing “criminal justice reform” as his reasoning, whatever that means.
Given that the unemployment rate for Black Americans is 4.6 per cent higher than the national average and Black households still have an income gap of roughly $31,000 in comparisons to white counterparts, the claim doesn’t quite stand up to scrutiny.
7. When there was a stand-off about wind
"He thinks wind causes cancer. Windmills" -- Biden
"I know more about wind than you do," Trump responds. https://t.co/DaN2CpJchJ
When covering their climate plans (or lack thereof in Trump’s case), Biden joked that Trump believes “wind causes cancer” (he has in fact, claimed that wind turbine noise can cause cancer, which isn’t true).
Trump was ready with a retort however, saying:
I know more about wind than you do.
Certainly he has experience with a load of hot air.
8. When Trump said his inaugural speech would be about the “plague”
Asked what he'll say during his next inaugural speech to people who didn't vote for him, Trump says, "We have to ma… https://t.co/j65gyGgyAi
Biden referenced his hometown of Scranton, Claymont, his love of which is well-documented.
But Trump decided to challenge this, saying “He doesn’t come from Scranton, he lived there for a short period of time”.
WHile it’s true Biden only lived permanently in Scranton until he was 13, he spent most of his summers as a young adult there while growing up. He made so many regular trips back there and was involved with local politics to the degree that he’s been referred to as Pennsylvania’s “third Senator”.
12. When Trump started talking about fracking during a healthcare question
Trump, who clearly doesn't want to talk about health care because he has no plan, tries unsuccessfully to steer the… https://t.co/YUt5O24wNk
In a bid to distance himself from Russia and evidence of 2016 election interference, Trump attempted to claim that actually, he and Mr Putin were on the outs because he sold military weapons to Ukraine.
“There’s nobody tougher than me on Russia [...] While [Biden] was selling pillows and sheets, I was selling tank busters to Ukraine”.
14. When Trump blamed Dr Fauci for downplaying the seriousness of the pandemic
"I think he's a Democrat" -- Trump devotes some time to attacking Dr. Fauci https://t.co/h3vROhRkEe
As the President and the First Lady (who wore a mask) walked off, there was an apparent moment of tension as Melania resisted Trump’s attempt to continue holding her hand, seemingly snatching it empathetically away.