I didn’t watch the debate last night (10/22/2020). I’ve been paying attention for the past 4 years and feel like I’m informed enough about both candidates. But this exchange from the very end really shows, to me, a huge amount of each candidate’s character.
This was the question: In your inaugural address, what would you say to Americans who didn’t vote for you?
President Trump’s answer: “I am cutting taxes, and he wants to raise everybody’s taxes, and he wants to put new regulations on everything. He will kill it. If he gets in, you will have a depression the likes of which you have never seen. Your 401(k)s will go to hell and it will be a very, very sad day for this country.”
Joe Biden’s answer: “I am an American president. I represent all of you, whether you voted for me or against me. And I’m going to make sure that you’re represented. I’m going to give you hope. What is on the ballot here is the character of this country. Decency, honor, respect, treating people with dignity, making that sure that everyone has an even chance. And I’m going to make sure you get that. You have not been getting it the last four years.”
Obviously Biden’s answer most reflects where I want this country to be heading. I’m tired of cynicism. I’d like a little hope. I don’t necessarily want everything to be “bipartisan”. But I’m okay with a President not actively and in their words attacking a state of the union and withholding disaster relief from them just because the state is “blue”.
And yeah, actions speak louder than words. But Trump can’t or won’t even bring himself to say the words.