Good morning! Guess what – I’m a writer, and I’m at a loss for words.
My wife and I watched the entire presidential debate last night. And if you didn’t see it with your own eyes, I’m not sure I can find the words to describe it.
Debacle. Trainwreck. Brain-destroying. Depressing.
One commentator actually called it, on live television, a “shitshow.”
With Trump constantly, continually interrupting, talking over Biden, lying about everything, arguing with moderator Wallace, and generally being an arrogant ass, this was no debate. It was two hours of watching Trump be a combination of a petulant two-year-old who hadn’t had a nap; a middle-school bully; a serial liar; and every man-splainer you’ve ever known.
Multiple commenters in one online forum compared him to “my father when he was drunk.”
And when it was over, my wife had an insightful description: “It was like spending two hours with a dysfunctional family at a Thanksgiving dinner.”
And note this: If anyone, anywhere, including all the media, try to “both sides” this, they are wrong and should be ignored. Biden got off a few shots of his own, but the trainwreck was Trump alone.
Sorry this has run long (guess I’m not as much at a loss as I thought), but even the day after, I am still despondent after watching that. Consider: children saw that. People around the world saw it. Our allies saw it. Our enemies saw it.
We have to vote Trump out. We simply have to.
Today’s 5 Things To Know
Trump steamrolls moderator Chris Wallace in horrifying mess of a debate
Trump came in planning to do nothing but try to drag Joe Biden down to his level and turn everyone off of voting at all, and he worked harder at it than he’s worked at anything in the last four years. (Forward Kentucky)
Trump’s jarring white supremacist moment launches an online furor
In a night marked by constant interruptions and blatant fact-fudging, it was a moment that sparked a separate online melee.
Moderator Chris Wallace gave President Donald Trump an uninterrupted opportunity to condemn the nation’s biggest domestic terrorist groups: white supremacists. Instead, Trump said they should “stand back and stand by,” specifically mentioning the Proud Boys. What’s more, he said, the violence in cities like Kenosha and Portland is a “left-wing problem, not a right-wing problem.” (Politico)
Related: CNN commentator boils debate down to three simple (closely related) points – Van Jones reacts to the president refusing to condemn white supremacy. (Daily Kos)
9/29 update — Second highest day of cases; Beshear urges mask wearing, asks schools not to take fall breaks
“We need you to wear a facial covering; 1,018 cases ought to be a wake-up call,” Gov. Beshear said at his daily briefing. “We can’t let this thing get out of control again because maybe we’re tired.” (Forward Kentucky)
Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie votes against resolution affirming peaceful transition of power
Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie voted Tuesday night against a House resolution to reaffirm the chamber’s commitment to a peaceful transition of power called for in the Constitution. Massie was one of five Republican representatives to vote “nay” on the resolution, which states the House “intends that there should be no disruptions by the President of any person in power to overturn the will of the people of the United States.”
The resolution passed 397-5. The Senate unanimously passed a similar resolution last week. Both resolutions come after President Donald Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transition if he loses the election. (Courier-Journal)
Should we be concerned about the QAnon conspiracy theory?
What does this fringe conspiracy theory have in common with Nazi propaganda, Pixar’s movie “Monsters Inc.,” a Hezbollah television show, and HAMAS? Probably more than you’d think. (Forward Kentucky)
Upcoming Events from the ForwardKY Calendar
Today (9/30) – Demand Safe Schools Rally and Caravan (Info)
Thursday (10/1) – “Which Side Are You On?”: Voices for Kentucky and Beyond – Virtual Music Fest (info)
Saturday (10/3) – KFTC Fall Gathering, Session 3 (info)
Saturday (10/3) – 50,000 Dials for Voter Registration Phone Bank (info)
Recent content on Forward Kentucky
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[new] Clardy: Barrett nomination is “cynical tokenism” – Thurgood Marshall replaced by Clarence Thomas. Ruth Bader Ginsburg replaced by Amy Coney Barrett. Dr. Brian Clardy has some words to describe both nominations: “cynical tokenism.” (Commentary)
[new] Political pyromania — McConnell is playing with fire – McConnell has enabled Trump’s threats to democracy, and now they have launched an exercise in raw power as an election approaches. They’re playing with fire. (Commentary)
[new] Faith leaders release statement on ending of Louisville curfew – Faith leaders who were active in providing sanctuary for protesters throughout the last five days gathered to record a statement at noon [Tuesday] on Zoom. (News)
McGrath releases plan to “Clean up the DC Swamp” – The Amy McGrath campaign today released her five-point plan for “Cleaning up the Washington Swamp.” We’ve got a statement by McGrath, and an outline of her plan. (News)
Moody’s Analytics: A Democratic election sweep would be best for the economy – The myth persists that Republicans are the party of the economy. But now, a report shows that a Democratic sweep of the election would be the best for economic growth and jobs. (Policy)
Open records authority weighs in: Can Cameron release the Taylor investigative files? – A sanitized narrative of the fatal police shooting of Ms. Taylor on March 13, 2020, is no substitute for public review of the investigative records compiled by the Attorney General. (Commentary)
When it comes to Barrett, we should focus on OUR religion – Can progressive Christians support Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court? Ivonne Rovira examines the question from the light of her own faith. (Commentary)
Small boy: ‘I want to march. For justice.’ – A vignette by Mandy McLaren of the Courier-Journal, about an episode that happened during a recent evening protest. (Feature)
I’m pro-life. I’m Christian. But is that all there is to it? – As a pro-life Christian, I feel that abortion is wrong. Period. But here’s the thing. Being pro-life doesn’t necessarily mean that I support regulations that outlaw it. (Commentary)
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