US President Donald Trump and his rival Joe Biden faced each other in the much-heated last debate. They both argued over each other over Covid, race, and corruption charges in US Election 2020 campaign.
The debate about coronavirus – US Election 2020
Both the candidates debated over different strategies for how to deal with coronavirus.
Mr. Biden did not rule it out when he was asked about his support for more lockdowns if experts recommended it.
He also criticized Trump for his coronavirus handling, “Anyone responsible for that many deaths should not remain president of the United States of America,” he said.
On the other hand, Mr. Trump said it was wrong to consider more shutdowns because of an infection from which most people recover.
“This is a massive country with a massive economy,” said the president. “People are losing their jobs, they’re committing suicide. There’s depression, alcohol, drugs at a level nobody’s ever seen before.”
The debate about race – US Election 2020
A heated debate took place about race. Mr. Trump said, “I am the least racist person in this room.”
He presented the 994 crime bill that Mr. Biden helped draft and which Black Lives Matter blames for the mass incarceration of African Americans.
On the other hand, Mr. Biden pointed out that Mr. Trump was “one of the most racist presidents we’ve had in modern history. He pours fuel on every single racist fire.”
He added: “This guy is a [racial] dog whistle about as big as a foghorn.”
The debate about corruption – US Election 2020
During talks about corruption, Mr. Trump presented purported leaked emails from Mr. Biden’s son, Hunter, about his business dealings in China.
However, Mr. Biden denied Trump’s suggestion that the former US vice-president somehow had a stake in the ventures.
“I think you owe an explanation to the American people,” said Mr. Trump.
Mr. Biden said: “I have not taken a single penny from any country whatsoever. Ever.”
On the contrary, Mr. Biden backed fire at Trump, mentioning the New York Times recently reporting that Mr. Trump had a bank account in China and paid $188,561 in taxes from 2013-15 to the country, compared with $750 in US federal taxes that the newspaper said he had paid in 2016-17 when he became president.
“I have many bank accounts and they’re all listed and they’re all over the place,” said Mr. Trump. “I mean I was a businessman doing business.”
The debate about climate change – US Election 2020
Both the leaders clashed again on energy policy, Mr. Trump asked his challenger: “Would you close down the oil industry?”
“I would transition from the oil industry, yes,” said Mr. Biden, adding, “because the oil industry pollutes significantly.”
He said Big Oil had to be replaced by renewable energy over time with the US moving towards net-zero emissions.
“Basically what he’s saying is he’s going to destroy the oil industry,” said Mr. Trump. “Will you remember that, Texas? Will you remember that, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Ohio?”
The Biden campaign afterward said their candidate had been talking about ending oil subsidies.