President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden were supposed to debate in front of the American public last night. The debate, however, was called off after Trump refused to do it via video link. So instead, Americans were treated to two different town-halls on two different U.S. television networks. While Trump was talking about conspiracy theories on NBC, Biden was talking policy on ABC. The former was part-absurd, part-therapy session. The latter was boring and frankly what you would think a typical presidential town-hall would look like.
Trump won’t admit it, but he’s in trouble. As the coronavirus count gets higher, his poll numbers are getting lower and his electoral possibilities are getting grimmer. Prior to his appearance last night, NPR News released its latest survey which showed an 11-point lead nationally for Biden. More worrying for Trump’s campaign team: the poll had Biden up by four points with white voters, a constituency Trump won by 20 points in 2016.
Covid-19, the same disease that put the president in the hospital, remains a heavy anchor around his neck. 59,713 Americans were infected by the coronavirus on 14 October, the highest in two months. An average of 718 Americans have died from the virus over the last week. None of this is good for Trump, no matter how much he tries to spin it.