The first presidential debate will be held on Tuesday, September 29 in Cleveland, Ohio, and President Donald Trump’s niece, Mary, says she knows the perfect way for Democratic nominee Joe Biden to get under the incumbent’s skin when they go toe-to-toe in their debates.
During an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” Thursday evening, the author of Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man, told host Lawrence O’Donnell:
“First of all, and I mean this sincerely, I hope Vice President Biden refers to Donald as Donald just because that’s an easy way to get under his skin and nobody’s disrespected the office as much as Donald has, so he doesn’t deserve the cover of the respect of the office of the presidency.”
That’s actually a really good strategy. Refuse to call Trump by the title of president, not only upsetting him, but also removing all legitimacy from the incumbent, putting the two men on equal footing.
The president’s niece also had another idea of how Biden can completely unnerve her uncle: By fact-checking him in real time:
“Even if it feels rude, even if it feels like he’s interrupting, it’s too important for us to sit on ceremony here.”
Imagine how angry Trump will get if Biden repeatedly remarks, “That’s just not true, Donald. That’s a lie.” It could well set Trump off and cause him to lose his cool, which would work to Biden’s benefit.
There’s most certainly a need for Trump to be fact-checked, but it’s unknown if debate moderators will do so. Fox News host Chris Wallace will moderate the first debate, and has proven more than willing to push back when the president starts spinning one of his tall tales. But for Biden to do it would probably be even more galling for Trump, who, according to The Washington Post, has made over 20,000 false or misleading claims since taking office.
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