Trump has a chance to destroy Biden like Reagan did to Carter in 1980 debate


Joe Biden is corrupt. Joe Biden is a racist. He aligned with segregationists. He supported trade deals that decimated American manufacturing. He is an appeaser of China, and claims they are not a threat to the United States. Joe Biden supports the radical Iran Nuclear Deal, and supports sending our tax dollars to the neo-Nazi Palestinian Authority. Even if Joe Biden is somewhat coherent on Tuesday night, President Trump should not have a problem trashing his record. Just like Ronald Reagan did to President Carter during their debate in 1980.

Trump has a chance to destroy Biden like Reagan did to Carter in 1980 debate

By Washington Times, September 29, 2020

This year has been fascinating for many reasons, few of them good ones mind you. And some believe that, in 2020, we’re in an election of historic proportions, just as we were 40 years ago in 1980.

Then, as now, we have a nation in crisis and incredibly high stakes. Just like in 1980, the Republican Donald Trump has emerged as an underdog against the Democrat Joe Biden. Like Jimmy Carter in 1980, whom the sycophantic media assumed would trounce Ronald Reagan, the knights of the keyboard in the newsrooms hope Mr. Biden is going to use Mr. Trump as a floor mop this November. But pundits are wrong from time to time — shockingly — and in 1980 Reagan demolished whatever hopes Mr. Carter had when they debated for the first and only time on Oct. 28, 1980.

Mr. Carter went into that debate convinced he had the election in the bag, and to be fair he had good reason. He was up in the polls, and Reagan was a political outsider who four years earlier had only narrowly lost the Republican nomination to Gerald Ford. Traditionally, Americans don’t like to throw an incumbent president out of office. Most of the media thought Reagan was a joke, so perhaps Mr. Carter can be forgiven for thinking he would walk all over Reagan.

The problem was that Reagan actually came to play, and in the course of 90 minutes he utterly annihilated Mr. Carter’s record.

While Mr. Carter gesticulated and talked about getting his advice from his then-12-year-old daughter, Amy, on nuclear weapons, Reagan was able to convince Americans that he offered a better way forward and that they were, indeed, not better off after four years of Mr. Carter’s malaise. He was able to demonstrate he was the stronger choice in the general election and made an appealing case to voters on both sides of the aisle. The phrase “Reagan Democrat” came into use in 1980.

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