But he did everything he needed to, given his pole position in the race — and even managed to land the best lines of the night. On the coronavirus, Biden mocked Trump’s line that “we’re learning to live with it” by saying, “We’re dying with it.” After an extended back-and-forth over their families and allegations of corruption, Biden turned to the camera and said: “It’s not about his family or my family. It’s about your family.” And when the debate turned to race, Biden got this line off about Trump: “This guy has a dog whistle as big as a fog horn.”
and for much of the first hour, he displayed a level of message discipline that he has rarely been able to stick to during his presidency. His attacks on Biden’s long tenure in politics were effective, as were his repeated reminder that Biden has been vice president for eight years and hadn’t done, in Trump’s estimation, all that much. So why is Trump in the “misses” category then? Three reasons. Number one: He is behind and needed to use this debate to alter the course of the race. He did not do that. Number two: Trump wasn’t able to hold the quasi-presidential tone together for the entire debate. By the end he was talking about how he was the “least racist person” in the building and insisting that he knew more about wind than Biden. Number three: He just said so, so many false things.
From his very first answer of the debate, in which he said more than 2 million Americans would have died if he hadn’t taken such swift action on the coronavirus — that number was the estimated death toll of NO mitigation had occurred — to his very last answer about how 401ks will collapse if Biden is elected president, Trump showed a remarkable disdain for facts and the truth. “From a lying perspective, Trump is even worse tonight than in the first debate