Friday, October 23, 2020
The final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden last night was easier to watch then the first, with fewer interruptions and the opportunity for some substantive discussion of the issues. For analysis of the debate in its entirety, click here.
Moderator Kristen Welker asked President Trump about the migrant children who had been torn from -- and still not reunited with == their parents, with Biden pouncing on the Trump family separation policy as "criminal." Welker asked Biden about the record-setting deportations during the Obama years and the failure of President Obama to convince Congress to pass immigration reform. Trump jumped on that pressing Biden on "who built the cages?"
The Guardian observed that Trump and Biden squared off over immigration policies, including the U.S. government being unable to locate the parents of more than 500 immigrant children. "Children are brought here by coyotes and lots of bad people, cartels, and they're brought here and they used to use them to get into our country. We now have as strong a border as we've ever had,'" Trump said. "The president also criticised immigration under the previous Obama-Biden administration, including the catch and release policy, saying 'those with the lowest IQ' were the only ones who returned for an immigration hearing." (bold added).
Generally sympathetic to President Trump, Fox News observed that "[t]he comments from Trump during this exchange [on immigration], potentially perceived as callous, could be his biggest blunder of the night as he tries to appeal to centrist and suburban voters." (bold added).
Al Jazeera viewed Joe Biden as winning the war of words on immigration:
"Joe Biden’s righteous indignation over the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border was a stand-out moment in this debate.
Biden seemed to be channeling the revulsion many Americans feel about recent revelations that more than the parents of more than 500 of these kids cannot be tracked.
Biden has an emotional authenticity that serves him well on the debate stage, says Alan Schroeder, Al Jazeera debate analyst."
Trump and Biden also had an interesting exchange on race. Trump said he was the "least racist person" in the room and had done "more for the Black community than any president since Abraham Lincoln." Biden disagreed.