Former RNC chairman Michael Steele summed up the last presidential debate as Trump, who gave voters no reason to re-elect him.
Michael Steele says Trump is being politically strangled by COVID and he has given America no reason to re-elect him in the debate. # Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/DIrYNeuDXJ
– Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) October 23, 2020
Steele said on MSNBC:
For me, this debate boiled down to one thing. It wasn't the environment. It wasn't a foreign policy. That was none of the above. It was Covid. It was unremarkable before he got into this debate. It was covid during this debate and it is covid to get out of this debate. Because at the end of the day, families are still dealing with covid-19. And the economic, social unrest and all the side effects that result from it only aggravate the political noose around Donald Trump's political opportunity. And strangle it slowly and methodically.
He did not give this country a reason to re-elect him. Yes, he was calmer. It was more, you know – less formulaic, less in your face. So the drugs worked. However, the conversation hasn't changed. And I think that will take a lot of people out of this final debate.
The Senator put it very precisely for a lot of people out there. I can't hug my grandchildren. And Donald Trump, it's your fault. I cannot restart my business. And Donald Trump, yes, that's up to you too. And I thought Vice President Biden framed that part of this discussion very carefully. You could feel what he was saying and you could see Donald Trump roll off it. When he starts talking, you know, PPE and ventilators, go folks, dude, what are you talking about, right? So, I think – I think for – everything this debate stood for came down to covid-19. And the president still has no answer to that.
Trump lost the debate in the first fifteen minutes. He failed to defend the deaths of over 220,000 Americans on his watch. He couldn't justify his failed response to the pandemic, and apart from empty promises that things will get better, he had no plan to get the virus under control and get the nation back to normal.
Children couldn't trick or treat this year. Families spend Thanksgiving and Christmas separately. Some people will never see loved ones again who lost their lives in this pandemic. Trump is to blame for all of this.
No matter how hard he tries to switch the subject to something else, Trump cannot hide from his responsibility for the death and destruction caused by the pandemic that made him thrive.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Executive Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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