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Opinion Biden can beat (and infuriate) Trump by being the adult on the presidential debate stage

13:26  28 september  2020
13:26  28 september  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Trump is using his pick to rally his conservative voter base and distract from his record on the For Biden , the debate will serve as sort of a reintroduction. While he has held limited events in some states and given media interviews, the coronavirus pandemic has largely rendered him off stage for

US President Donald Trump has called for himself and Democratic challenger Joe Biden to submit to drug tests before their first debate next month. The president offered no evidence his rival might be on drugs other than to say: "I'm pretty good at this stuff."

When Donald Trump first exploded on the political scene, he was an unpredictable rule breaker and neither the news media nor anyone else knew how to handle him. But now, we’ve got a much better idea of what makes Trump tick.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Sept. 23, 2020, in Charlotte, North Carolina. © Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Sept. 23, 2020, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

First, the Lincoln Project has proved that while President Trump appears formidable, he’s really just a creature of instinct who’s actually both predictable and unable to defend his weak spots once you find them. Pull the right string, and Trump will dance like a cheap marionette and about as gracefully.

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The first debates featuring Trump and Biden will be held on Tuesday at Case Western University and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. They will be split into 15-minute segments, intended for a wide range of topics.

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Second, as we’ve seen in numerous interviews and a recent disastrous town hall, Trump has a very shallow comfort zone and is quickly out of his depth once he loses control of an interaction. The more you let him talk, especially under pressure, the deeper he will dig his hole. He has even made up what appear to be entirely new policies on the fly to get out of answering an uncomfortable question.

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Reduce Trump to apoplexy

Finally, Trump thrives on anger and conflict. There is no margin in getting into a name-calling match with him. He melts down in the face of pity and laughter, however, and refusing to engage will infuriate him.

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Trump and Biden are scheduled to meet on the debate stage for the first time Tuesday night at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. The 90-minute event moderated by Fox News host Chris Wallace is the first of three scheduled presidential debates .

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Rope-a-dope isn’t just for boxing. Sometimes, it’s an effective debate strategy, too. If Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden puts all these pieces together, he has an excellent chance of reducing President Trump to apoplexy.

The first rule is to never rise to the bait and trade insult for insult. Biden’s best tactic is to always be the adult in the room. The first time Trump gets nasty, which will probably be in the first 10 minutes since nasty is Trump’s go-to move, Biden should look directly into the camera and calmly explain, “If insults are what you want from a president, I’m not your candidate. I’m not here to trade insults with President Trump. I’m here to talk about the issues that matter to you, like how we are going to dig out of the coronavirus mess that President Trump has left us in. So let me use my remaining time to talk about that.”

When Trump interrupts, as he inevitably will, Biden should resist the natural urge to talk over him. Instead, after Trump has exhausted himself, Biden should shake his head ruefully and say, “There he goes again,” and then get back to the point he was trying to make when interrupted.

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“Vice President Biden intends to deliver his debate answers in words. But Trump ’s remarks about Biden using drugs and needing a drug test were too weird to pass up for the campaign, especially because advisers want this process story to play out because it shows just how much trouble Trump

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There is the idea out there that forcefully making your point is the key to winning a presidential debate, but that’s not the same thing as being unable to control yourself. Biden’s campaign is based around him being calm, rational, and a healer. He doesn’t win by being more pugnacious than Trump. He wins by being the reasonable adult handling the angry toddler.

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Finally, trying to fact-check President Trump is a losing game. As we saw in his town hall meeting, he can make things up faster than anyone can possibly correct him. But there is a more effective strategy that Biden can employ: He can concern-troll the president.

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When Trump claims, for example, that Biden wants to defund the police, Biden should turn to the camera and say, “Folks, we have a big problem here. It isn’t that Donald Trump lies all the time. It’s that he genuinely believes his lies are true. I am on record multiple times as being against defunding the police.

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"Chris Wallace, our moderator, has pointed that out to him personally, on camera. But Donald Trump still believes it. We have someone sitting in the White House who is so confused that he can’t tell truth from fiction. He does this all the time. I’m afraid we’re likely to see several other examples of the president’s confusion tonight. I am deeply worried about him and I’m deeply worried about this country as long as he is sitting in the Oval Office trying to make decisions.”

Donald Trump’s greatest, deepest fear is not being taken seriously, so he won’t enjoy having his attacks dismissed like this.

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Biden isn’t actually debating Trump on Tuesday night. There are few if any people in America who are trying to choose between the Trump agenda and the Biden agenda. And certainly, no one is going to vote for Biden because he shows he can be just as mean and nasty to Trump as Trump is to him.

There are, however, millions of people trying to decide what kind of president Biden would be and whether they are afraid of him. If Biden can destroy Trump without attacking Trump’s supporters in the process, this election is all over but the voting. And the best way to do that is to let Donald Trump do it himself.

Chris Truax, an appellate lawyer in San Diego and CEO of CertifiedVoter.com, is a member of USA TODAY's Board of Contributors.

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