The Presidential Debate 2020

Alvina Baghirova and Shreeya Gupta, Journalists


    The Presidential Debate has been all over the news, from Trump not letting Biden speak to Biden calling Trump a clown. In the Debate, President Trump keeps on interrupting his democrat anonimne, Mr. Biden, with attacks that were based on thin evidence. Mr. Biden was barely able to speak.

    President Trump had said that he had paid “millions of dollars” on taxes but the tax documents, written by The New York Times, showed that in both 2016 and 2017, Trump only paid 750$ in federal income taxes. Biden had asked Trump multiple times to release his tax returns, but Trump “hit back” with “you’ll see it as soon as it’s finished, you’ll see it”, a promise he has repeatedly made and broken since becoming a candidate.

    Trump has made some claims which are not very smart and that can be proven wrong, such as, when he claimed, “ young children aren’t affected much by a coronavirus.” This statement can be proven wrong because many children have died or still have Covid-19. President Trump also was mocking Biden’s plan when he said, “he’ll close down the whole country.” Biden on the other hand had said that he will listen to what the scientists will say. 

    President Trump has said some things that are false, such as: “There aren’t 100 million people with pre-existing conditions.” Trump was challenging Biden with this statement. Around 2017, the Human Services and Department of Health reported that between 61 million and 133 million Americans, under the age of 65, have pre-existing conditions. Another false thing Trump said was: “ It was driving energy prices through the sky.” Trump had made this statement when the moderator had asked him about why he rolled back Obama’s “Clean Power Plan.”

    During their final debate, Biden claims he will pass Obamacare and convert with a public option to Bidencare. Biden claims “if you qualify for Medicaid and you do not have the wherewithal in your state to get Medicaid, you are automatically enrolled.” This basically means if you are in the Medicaid program, you would automatically be accepted into Bidencare. Joe Biden also mentioned he would allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices with insurance companies and reduce premiums. President Trump declared, “I’d like to terminate Obamacare, come up with a brand new beautiful health care … Come up with better health care, always protecting people with preexisting conditions.” A lot of Democrats on social media had an opinion about Trump’s announcement and think it’s neither likely nor manageable to protect pre-existing conditions that the current president promises.

    The national minimum wage was a very strong argument between the candidates. The ongoing national minimum wage per hour is $7.25. President Trump thinks the minimum wage should be left to the states. Biden promoted the idea of a $15 minimum wage nationwide. Trump announced “It should be a state option. Alabama is different from New York. New York is different from Vermont. Every state is different. We have to help our small businesses.” President Trump also mentioned how it isn’t helping small businesses by raising the minimum wage. Although, he did say he would consider raising the minimum wage to an extent. “But not to a level that is going to put all these businesses out of business. It should be a state option. Different places are all different. In some places, $15 is not so bad. In other places, $15 [is good].” Trump claimed. Biden believes small businesses deserve a minimum wage of $15 because they are working 2 jobs and need to support their families. His exact words were “These people are working two jobs because one job is below poverty,” Biden said. “People are making $6, $7 an hour. These first responders, we clap as they come down the street … They deserve a minimum wage of $15. Anything below that puts you below the poverty level. And there is no evidence that when you raise the minimum wage, businesses go out of business.”

As you can see, The Presidential Debate of 2020 had some good and bad arguments. President Trump and Joe Biden obviously don’t agree on a lot of major things and had very strong arguments about their opinions and the promises they have made if they get elected to become the next president of the United States of America.