The presidential debate was not worth watching


Kyra Lundy, Staff Columnist

The presidential debate was nothing short of a verbal boxing match between President Donald Trump and presidential nominee Joe Biden. They went head-to-head on Tuesday for the first time ever to debate over prearranged questions made by moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News. The match consisted of six 15 minute segments with two-minute answers from both candidates and then ending with an open discussion for the remaining time.

Wallace made a brief introduction of the sponsors, format, and the candidates before proceeding with the first question. Both Trump and Biden seemed to have come with their game until the first open discussion. After that, the interruptions, deflection of questions, aggression, and name-calling persisted. After Biden’s initial attack on Trump, it stirred a boiling pot of ill-mannered behavior that took place from both parties.

Aside from that, there were several pivotal moments such as the candidates’ responses to erasing Obama Care, dealing with COVID-19, the separate but unequal system of justice for blacks, the authenticity of systemic racism, and black lives matter (BLM) activists’ fight for defunding of the police and white supremacists.

Trump has planned to do away with Obama Care because it is “no good,” claiming to make it better by cutting drug prices by 80 to 90 percent and lowering deductibles, but Biden plans to keep it and add a public option, on top of the private option, that will automatically cover the poor individuals who qualify for Medicaid.

Trump believed that he did a good job of handling the virus by banning travel early, attaining gowns, masks, and ventilators. Trump also believed that China is to blame for the virus and Biden would have lost millions of lives if in the same position. Biden continued with his “the president has no plan” motto that was tossed around in every rebuttal which became frivolous after a while.

One thing that most African Americans can agree on would be the fact that Biden believes that there is systemic injustice in “education, work and in law enforcement” towards us that needs to be fixed. He then promised to bring a collective of civil rights groups, police officers, and police chiefs together at the white house to fix the problems that we face on a daily basis.

BLM activists’ call to defund the police does not hold any value with either candidate, and I agree that it is wrong! Police officers should be fully funded. Bad cops should not be a reflection of law enforcement as a whole. White supremacists should be “defunded” or rather controlled over anything else.

The real issue lies within racist/white supremacist groups and not within the police. Speaking of white supremacists, Trump made it clear that he supported the Proud Boys because he refused to publicly condemn them when asked to.“Stand back and stand by” was his way of censuring the group. Instead, he chose to criticize an anti-fascist group known as Antifa. That action stated the obvious approval of the group as well as the dismissal of any hope to bring peace within our nation, which he claimed to itch for.

Finally, one of the most anticipated questions was “why should voters elect you over your opponent to be president?” Trump responded, “Because there has never been an administration or president who has done more than I have done in a period of three and a half years.”

He elaborated on that particular reason by explaining how great the economy has flourished under his leadership because of the low unemployment numbers, uniting with rivals, rebuilding the military, fixing the VA, and filling the seats of the federal/appeals court judges and supreme court justices before the end of his term.

Biden responded, “Under this president, we become weaker, sicker, poorer, divided, and more violent.”

During his vice presidency, he claims to have left a booming economy for Trump that resulted in a recession. He also explained how he had put his foot down to Putin, how the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Plus, comparing the 15 percent increase in violence from his previous term to Trump’s.

On Thursday, Oct. 15, presidential debate number two will be held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Fla. at 9:00 p.m. We tuned in this time, to see how these candidates could make our lives better but only received rubbish instead. The next debate should provide uninterrupted responses to questions with integrity and to present the presidential nominee with an actual plan to fix this broken country.