The final 2020 presidential debate — live blog

23 October 2020

11:37 AM

23 October 2020

11:37 AM

8:30 p.m. ET — Matt McDonald: Hello and welcome to The Spectator’s live blog for the second and final debate between President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden. Tonight’s proceedings kick off in 30 minutes at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Hopefully we can offer a better quality of debate…

8:31 p.m. ET — Amber Athey: I just took an hour-long boomer nap to really simulate the experience of Biden and Trump preparing for the debate stage. Feeling very refreshed and ready to call anything I disagree with Russian disinformation.

8:32 p.m. ET — Chadwick Moore: I’m wondering if Trump goes in attack-dog style again it will be more effective this time, given the scandals. Last debate it just seemed like bullying a doddering old man — which is fine, but not good for the lady voters.

8:33 p.m. ET — Caroline McCarthy: Trump is at his best when he’s funny, avuncular, and self-aware. That doesn’t come across well in a debate context, but considering the extent to which Biden has achieved traction among old people, it could work to his advantage if Trump came across as the funny guy at the bingo hall rather than the aggressive one.

8:33 p.m. ET — Chadwick Moore: You see these meek, lone little gnats popping up occasionally on social media comments desperately claiming the emails are fake, that it’s a non-scandal — which is parroted by the mainstream media (without any evidence)…but that’s really it as the counter narrative. I do wonder how many Americans that aren’t plugged into Twitter all day long actually know about the scandal. I would think everyone has heard by now, despite all the efforts to silence it. Oh, and it’s been eight days and the New York Post still can’t tweet. Reminds me of the time in November 2018 when Fox News stopped tweeting for about a year in protest after it was discovered Twitter allowed its platform to be used to doxx Tucker Carlson and let antifa terrorists attack his home. Jack Dorsey has put the oldest news paper in the country in the naughty chair.

8:35 p.m. ET — Matt McDonald: Kid Rock and Nikki Haley are both supposedly guests of Trump tonight. I hope they’re sat next to each other, they must have a lot to talk about.

8:36 p.m. ET — Caroline McCarthy: Not gonna lie, Kid Rock is still and always has been amazing road trip music. Perhaps this classic Kid Rock lyric is appropriate for debate advice for both candidates: ‘GET IN THE PIT AND TRY TO LOVE SOMEONE.’ (If you were a jock who spent notable time in the weight room in the late Nineties/early Noughties, you are familiar with the entire oeuvre of the artist otherwise known as Bob Ritchie.)

8:38 p.m. ET — Chadwick Moore: Jill Biden is the only thing the entire campaign has going for it. She’s really likable. But then you look at how her stepson came out and makes you wonder.

8:42 p.m. ET — Stephen L. Miller:Excuse me. DOCTOR Biden. Thank you.

8:44 p.m. ET — Chadwick Moore: My boyfriend and I are going as Hunters for Halloween. One in camo, one with meth pipe. I’ll probably get stuck with the meth.

8:47 p.m. ET — Amber Athey: I am watching on CBS News and it is very low energy. They are interviewing Mitt Romney’s former policy director.

8:49 p.m. ET — Chadwick Moore: Suggestion from Twitter: Do a drinking game…..every time our president calls Joe the ‘big guy’……tequila! CNN is discussing how unlikable Hillary was and how extremely likable Joe Biden is (yes, I turned CNN back on, need to get some rage flowing for this blog).

8:50 p.m. ET — Matt McDonald: When do they all get their dicks out?

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