Answering the first question of the night, Biden argued that 100 million people with pre-existing conditions will lose their cover if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice and the court repeals the Health Bill signed by President Barack Obama.
“And so it’s just not appropriate to do that before this election,” Biden said, referring to a Senate vote on Barrett.
Trump denied the statement that 100 million people were already suffering from pre-existing conditions before attacking Biden over his own health plan designed to “wipe out” health care for 180 million people who are currently privately insured.
Biden said “that’s just not true” when Trump accused him of “going to socialist medicine”.
According to an analysis by the Department of Health and Human Services, 50-129 million Americans have sSome kind of pre-existing health condition. Under Obamacare as of 2014, insurance companies cannot refuse to offer health insurance to these Americans as they could before. And according to the Congressional Research Service, private health insurance covered one an estimated 178 million Americans.
- 1 Trump tries to dampen the moderator
- 2 Biden tells Trump to shut up.
- 3 Who is smarter? The debate turns into an intelligence measurement competition
- 4 Trump pulls out a mask on stage
- 5 Biden: “You are the worst president America has ever had”
- 6 Trump pushes back on tax report, refuses to publish returns
Trump tries to dampen the moderator
President Donald Trump tangled up with debate host Chris Wallace early that night, repeatedly interrupting the question of why he hasn’t released a comprehensive health plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.
“If I may ask my question, sir,” said Wallace, the Fox News journalist, when Trump kept interrupting him when he tried to ask the question.
“First of all, I think I’m discussing you, not him,” Trump shot back at Wallace. “I am not suprised.”
Biden tells Trump to shut up.
Biden snapped at Trump just about 20 minutes into the debate after a string of questions to the Supreme Court got off the rails.
“Are you going to shut up man?” Biden said after Trump talked about him repeatedly. “It’s so unpresidential.”
At times the debate was an incomprehensible confusion between the two candidates and Wallace talking about each other. When Wallace tried to move on to the next topic, Biden quipped, “That was a really productive segment, wasn’t it?” Keep yapping, man. ”
As Biden talked about the future of universal health care, he asked, “Do you have any idea what this clown is doing? I’m telling you what, he’s not helping people who need medical care. ”
Who is smarter? The debate turns into an intelligence measurement competition
The debate quickly got personal, and it continued, when Biden said many more people would die from Covid-19 if Trump didn’t get “a lot smarter, a lot faster”.
The president hit back on the former vice president by referring to Biden comments from last year that were taken out of context by conservative media.
“He said he went to Delaware, but you forgot the name of your college. You didn’t go to Delaware State, “Trump said.” He was the lowest, or almost the lowest, in your class. Don’t ever use the word “smart” with me. ”
Biden’s October 19 comments that he “started” at Delaware State University actually related to the 1972 on-campus announcement of his candidacy for the US Senate. according to the Delaware News Journal.
Biden replied angrily to Trump’s attack, “Oh, give me a break.”
Trump pulls out a mask on stage
Trump broke out his mask on stage to deny allegations that he was questioning the effectiveness of masks.
Trump added that he wears them selectively, pointing out that he didn’t have to wear them on Tuesday night because people were being tested and the right safety measures in place. In the meantime, the president nudged his opponent: “I don’t wear a mask like [Biden]”Said Trump.” Every time you see him he has a mask. He could speak 200 feet from you and he wears the biggest mask I have ever seen. ”
Biden fully embraced the attack of being an avid mask wearer. “Masks make a huge difference,” he said. “If we only wore masks and social distancing between now and January, we would probably save up to 100,000 lives.”
Trump pushed back against Biden’s enthusiasm for masks, falsely saying that Dr. Anthony Fauci disagrees with scientists promoting protective equipment. Fauci promoted the universal wearing of masks in August.
Biden: “You are the worst president America has ever had”
In a heated exchange about Trump’s tax returns, Biden accused his opponent of “being the worst president America has ever had”.
Biden attacked Trump for taking advantage of US tax law and promised to remove tax cuts under Trump’s tax law. Trump stepped in and asked why Biden hadn’t done this in his last “25 years” as a senator.
“Because you weren’t a president and you screwed up everything,” Biden faltered. “You are the worst president America has ever had. Come on.”
Trump replied sharply that he “did more in 47 months than in 47 years”.
Minutes after the exchange, Biden’s campaign doubled and tweeted from his account that “Donald Trump is the worst president we’ve ever had.”
Trump pushes back on tax report, refuses to publish returns
Trump insisted he paid “millions of dollars” in federal income tax in 2016 and 2017. In the two years that the New York Times reported, he paid only $ 750 in a Bomb report On Sunday.
When Biden stepped in, “Then show us your taxes,” Trump reiterated the claim he’d made since entering politics five years ago – that he would publish his tax returns as soon as they are no longer audited. Trump has said he cannot release them while the audit is in progress – a claim his own IRS commissioner has refuted.
The Times reported that Trump paid no income tax for 11 of the 18 years studied, citing decades of “tax return data … for Mr. Trump and the hundreds of companies that make up his corporate organization”. Trump then paid $ 750 in 2016 and 2017. The newspaper noted that Trump reduced his tax burden by reporting massive losses and taking advantage of tax breaks and refunds.
Biden suggested removing the breaks Trump took, but mistakenly suggested that they were isolated from the cuts in the 2017 tax bill that Trump advocated.
“The tax rule that enables him to pay less tax than a school teacher on the money a school teacher makes is thanks to him – he says he’s smart because he can take advantage of the tax rule, and he takes advantage of it Tax code, ”said Biden. “That’s why I’m going to get rid of the Trump tax.”
In fact, according to the Times report, Trump took advantage of long-standing triggers. The paper said it did not receive return dates for 2018 and 2019 after Trump’s tax law went into effect.
The Times report also indicated that Trump has taken on significant debt and around $ 300 million of loans he personally guaranteed are due to mature over the next four years. Trump also denied this detail on Tuesday, saying, “I’m completely underfunded because the assets are extremely good.”