30/09/2020

Here are some of the quotes from last night’s first US 2020 presidential debate between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden ahead of the 3 November election.

Here are some of the quotes from last night’s first US 2020 presidential debate between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden ahead of the 3 November election.
Supreme Court nomination
Mr Trump, asked by moderator Chris Wallace about whether US appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett should be nominated to the Supreme Court before the election, said: “We won the (2016) election. Elections have consequences.
Biden: “We should wait, we should wait and see what the outcome of this election is.”
Trump: “As far as a say is concerned, the American people have already had their say. … I’m not elected for (just) 3-1/2years.”
Biden: “He’s elected until the next election…The election’s already started.”
Healthcare
Biden: “Everybody here knows he’s a liar. … You picked the wrong guy on the wrong night at the wrong time… Folks, do you have any idea what this clown’s doing?  I tell you what, he is not for anybody needing healthcare.”
After Mr Trump explained his healthcare proposal, Mr Biden said: “He has no plan for healthcare… The fact is this man has no idea what he’s talking about.”
Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic
Biden: “You should get out of your bunker and get out of the sand trap and… the golf course and go in the Oval Office and (put) together Democrats and Republicans, and fund what needs to be done now to save lives.”
Trump: “You didn’t think we should’ve closed our country (to China) because you thought it was terrible… We’ve done a great job. But I tell you, Joe, you could never have done the job we’ve done. You don’t have it in your blood.”
Biden: “He panicked or he looked at the stock market… A lot of people died, and a lot more (are) going to die unless he gets a lot smarter a lot quicker.”
Trump: “There’s nothing smart about you, Joe.”
“And I’ll tell you what the people of this country want and demand law and order, and you’re afraid to even say it.” – Donald Trump to Joe Biden
Race relations
Biden: “This is a president who has used everything as a dog whistle to try to generate racist hatred, racist division.”
Trump, citing the then-senator’s support for the1994 crime bill: “You’ve treated the Black community about as bad as anybody in this country.”
Biden: “Yes, there’s a systemic injustice in this country in education and work and in law enforcement, and the way in which it is enforced.”
Law enforcement and urban unrest
Trump: “The top 10 cities and just about the top 40 cities are run by Democrats in many cases, radical left, and they’ve got you wrapped around their finger, Joe, to a point where you don’t want to say anything about law and order. And I’ll tell you what the people of this country want and demand law and order, and you’re afraid to even say it.”
Biden: “He just pours gasoline on the fire… Under this president, we’ve become weaker, sicker, more divided and more violent.”
“If we get the votes, he’s going to go. He can’t stay in power.” – Joe Biden to Donald Trump
White supremacists
Wallace: “Are you willing tonight to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence or the number of these cities as we saw in Kenosha, and as we’ve seen in Portland?”
Trump: “I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not from the right… I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace.”
Wallace: “Then do it, sir.”
Biden: “Do it, do it. Say it.”
Trump: “You want to call them. What do you want to call them? Give me a name.”
Biden, referring to a right-wing group: “Proud Boys.”
Trump: “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.”
Climate change and the environment
Trump: “I believe that we have to do everything we can to have immaculate air, immaculate water, and do whatever else we can that’s good.”
Biden: “The first thing I will do, I will rejoin the Paris Climate Accord.”
Election integrity
Biden: “He cannot stop you from being able to determine the outcome of that election… If I win, that will be accepted. If I lose, that will be accepted… If we get the votes, he’s going to go. He can’t stay in power.”
Trump: “Don’t tell me about a free transition. This is going to be a fraud like you’ve never seen. This is not going to end well.”
Biden: “If you’re able to vote in person, vote in person – whatever way is the best way for you. Because he cannot stop you from being able to determine the outcome of this election.”
Trump: “I’m urging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully… If I see tens of thousands of ballots being manipulated, I can’t go along with it. They cheat.”
Interruptions
At one point when Mr Trump was interrupting him, Mr Biden said: “Will you shut up, man? This is so unpresidential.
Wallace to Trump: “I think the country would be better served if we allowed both people to speak with fewer interruptions. I’m appealing to you, sir, to do that.”
Mr Trump, referring to Mr Biden, responded: “And him, too.”
Mr Wallace: “Well, frankly you’ve been doing more interrupting.”
The debate will be repeated on the RTÉ News channel at 9am (Irish time) this morning.