Biden Didn't Just Lose the Debate, Trump Won

Yes, President Joe Biden performed shockingly bad in last week’s debate (“shockingly” for those who either hadn’t been paying attention or had only consumed a deliberate coverup by the lying mainstream media for the last four years and had no idea of Biden’s declining health).

But Biden didn’t just lose. 

Former President Donald Trump gave an incredible debate performance and won rather decisively, despite the amount of pretzel-twisting or mental gymnastics it takes some to argue otherwise.

From the onset, the Biden campaign secured every advantage by setting debate ground rules that prevented participation by third-party candidates and a live studio audience, as well as cutting off mics after speakers’ time expired. Conservative pundits such as Ben Shapiro said in a post-debate podcast of “The Ben Shapiro Show” that he thought Trump had too readily agreed to Biden’s demands. “Turns out it was a brilliant thing,” Shapiro conceded. “If [Trump] had fought back, the very minute he did that, Biden would likely have pulled out [of the debate] and cited Trump’s negotiation as rationale for not debating.”

On stage, Trump remained in full command. Biden floundered in utter disarray. The glassy-eyed Biden tried unsuccessfully to bait Trump numerous times with taunts and accusations. But the former president proved once again to be a formidable debater with the ability to project confidence and compassion. 

 “Donald Trump was disciplined,” former Trump critic Shapiro noted in his Daily Wire podcast. “He gave the best debate performance of his career. [His] performance was outstanding. Trump kept himself contained. He kept himself restrained. The conclusion is that Donald Trump absolutely crushed Joe Biden.”

Few in the media expected Trump to be the adult on stage, but at one point after Biden went on a rant bragging about his golf handicap (and changing the number), Trump was forced to declare, “Let’s not act like children.”

Ironically, as children do, Biden insisted on having the last word with a quick, “You are a child.”

In a Reaganesque moment after watching Biden repeatedly (and painfully) mumble his way through incoherent sentence fragments, Trump said what everyone at home was thinking, “I really don’t know what he said at the end of this, and I don’t think he knows what he said, either.”

And yet, in another move nobody in the MSM predicted, Donald Trump responded to direct attacks and petty insults by keeping the main focus on President Biden’s policy failures. It was a show of compassion for which Trump has not been given nearly enough credit. 

In one of many factless personal attacks, Biden again falsely accused Trump of calling fallen soldiers “suckers and losers,” and sneered at his predecessor, “You’re the sucker. You’re the loser.” 

Despite this, Donald Trump remained composed against the obviously ailing Biden when he declared:

“I wish he was a great president, because I wouldn’t be here right now. I’d be at one of my many places enjoying myself. I wouldn't be under indictment because I wouldn’t have been his political opponent. Because he indicted me because I was his opponent.

“I wish he was a great president. I would rather have that.” 

Of course, on policy failures, there were ample opportunities for Donald Trump to assert himself over his opponent.

On foreign policy, Trump projected strength and confidence, in sharp contrast to Pres. Biden, who never once articulated a coherent foreign policy plan.  "If we had a real president, the president that ... was respected by Putin, he would have never invaded Ukraine," Trump said of Biden. That was the first salvo in a series of clashes between the two candidates over the wars in Afghanistan, Gaza, and Ukraine.

“He was so bad with Afghanistan,” Trump charged. “It was such a horrible embarrassment, the most embarrassing moment in the history of our country. When Putin watched that, he saw the incompetence. [Biden] left billions of dollars of equipment behind. We lost 13 beautiful soldiers, and by the way, we left American citizens behind.”

Throughout the debate, Trump honed in on Biden’s Border Crisis, expressing empathy and concern for the safety of both the immigrants and U.S. citizens alike. This approach taps into what voters told Gallup in February is their top concern.

“I didn’t have legislation,” Trump told Biden. “I said close the border. We had the safest border in history, in that final couple of months of my presidency. Now we have the worst border in history. There’s never been anything like it and people are dying all over the place, including the people that are coming up.”

President Trump should be applauded for his articulate and commanding performance last week. While Biden failed to meet expectations, Trump exceeded them.  Joe Biden didn’t just lose the debate, Donald Trump won it.