The first presidential debate resembled a UFC cage match with both candidates trading barbs and interruptions. Knowing Joe Biden lacks the mental stamina to go the distance, President Donald Trump took his offense to a steroid-like level. The Obama-era number two appeared dazed a few times during the rancorous exchanges, but managed to avoid a TKO.
President Trump edged out the win as early polls show voters favoring his substantive answers and combative nature. But it may have been moderator Chris Wallace who propped Biden up by not asking the career politician questions that would hurt.
Here are three examples.
1: Biden Not Asked About Family Profiting From His Office
Wallace was quick to ask Trump about a fake news report that came out of the notoriously unreliable New York Times. The media outlet claims to have illegally taken possession of the president’s tax returns. After stating he paid only $750 in taxes, Wallace pushed the Democrat agenda to have President Trump release his returns. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow already published one return, in which the president paid $38 million, rendering the NY Times report bogus. But he did balance the format by asking Biden about financial corruption.
A recent Senate investigation revealed that Hunter Biden received a $3.5 million wire transfer to his firm from a Russian billionaire who was married to the mayor of Moscow. The wealthy oligarch received a lucrative contract to build a museum. Wallace failed to highlight Biden family corruption knowing it would expose the Democrat to voters.
2: Biden Not Asked About His Legislative History On Racism
The moderator weaved in questions about racism in America. The discussion opened with Wallace asking President Trump to support his factually correct claims that his administration has done more for African-Americans that Biden did in 47 years. The president put forward economic data such as the lowest unemployment rate in U.S. history and flipped the script to target Biden’s record of racism.
Wallace did not call out Biden for his allegiance to members of the Ku Klux Klan while a U.S. senator or the fact he wrote legislation that unfairly increased sentences against Black Americans. Instead, he tossed Biden a softball question about the accidental shooting death of Breonna Taylor. If Biden had been taken to task over segregation and anti-Black laws, voters would have abandoned him.
3: Moderator Avoided Asking Biden About True Cost of Plans
During the segment on health care, Wallace incorrectly said the president did not have a plan to replace Obamacare. Although the wrongheaded law is still technically on the books, it causes the cost of medications to skyrocket. President Trump has used his authority to force Big Pharma to lower drug prices. While asking a pointed and inaccurate question of the president, Wallace declined to ask Biden about expert cost analysis of his published policy plans. For example, Biden has put forward a “free” college tuition plan that costs taxpayers upwards of $750 billion. His version of Bernie Sanders’ socialized medicine proposal runs over $2.2 trillion.
After bending the knee to radical liberals, Biden’s version of the Green New Deal comes with a price tag of more than $2 trillion. Adding insult to taxpayer injury, these policies would hurt the economy and Americans would lose jobs. There’s a good reason Wallace didn’t want to throw real numbers at Biden the way he did President Trump. Biden would lose votes if people knew the facts.