CNN’s Cillizza Memory Holes Biden’s Debate Pledge to End Oil Industry

During the final 2020 presidential debate on Thursday, Joe Biden made what is perhaps the biggest gaffe in the history of such debates by pledging to bring about the termination of the entire oil industry. As a result, on the following day, the Biden campaign was forced to perform damage control which you can read about in many outlets such as Politico and the Washington Post. Their lame spin is that Biden really didn’t mean to end the oil industry, just the subsidies for it. Of course, if you read the transcript of what Biden said, it is obvious that he wanted to both end the oil industry as well as the subsidies, not just the subsidies only.  Therefore it is surreal for anyone writing an analysis of this debate cataloging in detail the “hits” and “misses” that this more than obvious “miss” would be, well, missed. However, when you realize that the one keeping score is none other than the over-the-top Democrat cheerleader at CNN, Chris Cillizza, perhaps it is understandable since he long ago lost even the slightest shred of credibility. Here is Cillizza completely missing reality on Friday in “Hits and misses from the final presidential debate.” HITS Joe Biden: The former vice president wasn’t perfect. But he did everything he needed to, given his pole position in the race — and even managed to land the best lines of the night. You mean the lines about ending the oil industry, Chris? The closest Cillizza gets to referring to that gaffe is mentioning about Biden “misspeaking at times.” And particularly toward the end of the debate, Biden seemed to flag somewhat — losing his train of thought and misspeaking at times. Biden will never be a great debater, and he wasn’t *on* on Thursday night. But he did enough — more than enough — to keep the race roughly right where it is. Which is with him as a clear favorite to win on November 3. And that was it. Somewhere between “losing his train of thought” and “misspeaking at times” came the mother of all gaffes in the history of presidential debates but you wouldn’t know what it was by reading Cillizza’s account which conveniently avoided mentioning the very thing that is now haunting the Biden campaign.

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Desperate Spin: WashPost Hypes Eva Longoria as “Chicano/a” Scholar and Activist

Friday’s Washington Post splashed Eva Longoria across the front page of the Style section, because liberal minority celebrities for Biden are among the best humans. Their headline: “If you don’t know why Eva Longoria is a political power broker, you haven’t been paying attention.” Reporter Bethonie Butler oozed that Longoria kicked off both party conventions in August. She started up the Democrats, and helped the Republicans fall flat. Within the first half-hour of the GOP convention, the Republican National Committee chairwoman scoffed at the Democrats’ decision to have Longoria, “a famous Hollywood actress who played a housewife on TV,” emcee one of its biggest nights. But the criticism fell flat, not least because the actress also spoke at the Democratic conventions in 2016 and 2012. If anything, the swipe conveyed the power Longoria has attained after more than a decade in the political advocacy space. Liberal celebrities can never be mocked as millionaire dilettantes! Somehow, a liberal actress known for a hot (and tawdry) show like Desperate Housewives is more serious because the Democrats also put her on stage at previous conventions. The Post lets her posit: “I didn’t show up there as a celebrity or as an actress. I showed up as an American and as a patriot.” Celebrities can use their platform to push for the Left: “You can’t change policy until you change culture,” Longoria says in an interview with The Washington Post, citing a quote from artist-activist Favianna Rodriguez. “The biggest way you can change culture is through media. And so I’m in a position in which I can influence what people think of our community but also how our community thinks of ourselves.” Butler touted how Longoria hasn’t just branched out to directing and running shows, she’s created a PAC, and she got a Master’s degree (so smart, not just “posting straight up fire bikini pictures on Instagram”): Longoria actually was a student during the last few seasons of Desperate Housewives; a year after the show wrapped, she graduated with a master’s degree in Chicana/o studies from California State University at Northridge. She wrote her thesis on the value of increasing opportunities for Latinas in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), which is also one focus of the nonprofit organization she founded in 2012. Latinas, Longoria says, are “one of the most powerful groups that this country has.” Last month, she announced the creation of She Se Puede, a digital lifestyle community she launched with actress America Ferrera and other Latina activists. The nonprofit initiative’s name is a play on the slogan coined by famed activist and labor leader Dolores Huerta, who Longoria says has been a mentor to her since her pre-fame days. In July, Longoria and her political partner Henry Munoz launched Momento Latino, “a coalition uniting more than 130 organizations toward the goal of systemic change in health care, the economy and education.” The Post touted how Momento Latino will take on a bigger stage on October 26 when Longoria co-hosts the organization’s CBS special “Essential Heroes,” celebrating essential workers and Latino culture, alongside Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan.

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Predictable: Tiresome CNNer Calls on Media to Double Down on Trump Hate

With the 2020 election less than two weeks away, the leftist media have been doing everything in their power to ensure President Donald Trump does not win reelection. So, in the day after the final presidential debate, Carl Bernstein called on the media to double down. The journalist declared: “[A] lot is going to depend I think on the media and how we focus on the next 11 days, particularly about the issue of Donald Trump.” Other than an outright endorsement, what else are they supposed to do? CNN host Brianna Keilar had Bernstein on Friday afternoon’s CNN Newsroom where she was noticeably silent during these attacks. Bernstein gave his comrades several anti-Trump talking points: “[T]he pathological lying, the racism, the call to arms for his followers in the streets to almost provoke violence in our electoral process.” If left uncheck, Trump would lead America into “peculiar Trumpian American neofascism.”  It was unclear what more Bernstein wanted his fellow lefties to do. Already, the media has been involved in a four-year war against Trump and an MRC study showed the leftist networks have given far greater positive coverage to Joe Biden than they have Trump. Just this week, CNN lined up several guests to plead with voters to dump Trump, called out his voters as ‘un-American’, and didn’t pushback on the censorship of Hunter Biden stories. And that was this just this week.     Nonetheless, Bernstein also made this outlandish claim: “Trump once again is appealing to his base to get him close enough to winning that he can throw a monkey wrench into the electoral process if there is no win.” This has been a regular attack from the media, which further belied the point that they’re doing everything they can to attack the President.  CNN and other networks have already gone all out in attacking the President and it’d be ugly to see what else they could do. P.S. Here is an example of some of the attacks over the past four years made by Bill D’Agostino.     This CNN bias was sponsored by Home Advisor and Walmart. Click on the links to let them know what you think. A transcript of the October 23rd Coverage is included below: CNN Newsroom
10/23/20
1:13 PM ET BRIANNA KEILAR: Election day is around the corner. We are 11 days away. Right now, President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the campaign trail, looking to connect with undecided voters, and trying to energize their base. More than 50 million have already cast their ballots. The President is flying to Florida this hour to convince America’s senior citizens to back him a second term. Seniors are a key voting block to usher Trump into the white house in 2016 and they could prove to be the tipping point in 2020. Biden is set to speak next hour in his home state of Delaware where he will outline his plans to defeat the pandemic and get unemployed Americans back to work. We’re going to take you there live once he gets under way. And the final sprint for both men comes on the heels of last night’s debate where they laid 8g starkly different visions for the future of the country. Joining me, political analyst Carl Bernstein. And you know, Carl, President Trump and the former vice President facing off last night for the last time before election day. This was the last pitch that a lot of Americans were paying attention to. What did you think? What was your take away from the debate?  CARL BERNSTEIN [CNN Political Analyst]: Trump once again is appealing to his base to get him close enough to winning that he can throw a monkey wrench into the electoral process if there is no win, unlikely that he will win a majority of votes in the electoral college demonstrably. Rather, people I talk to in the White House and elsewhere say his strategy is to undermine the electoral process to the point where he can draw this out through court challenges, through not accepting whatever the vote of the American people is, trying to cling to office through some other means. He’s still in the ball game. He did not perform like he did in the first debate which was almost fatal to him. He was much more coherent than he usually is. And his Republican supporters are happy with what he did. At the same time, the question is, is this election as we have seen all along really about the character of Donald Trump and the covid crisis, the pandemic, his negligence in causing through his negligence deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans. He is trying to move the debate away from that. And meanwhile, to energize his base with a kind of repeal, we’re going to see, I have been told by those around the President in the next 11 days, we’re going to see a scorched Earth campaign the likes of which the filthiest of the campaign conducted by Donald Trump, unlike anything we’ve seen in our history, get set is what I was told last night.  KEILAR: All right. Buckle up. Hold onto our hats and glasses. It will be a wild ride, as they say. One of the things I think we’re hearing from normal people watching the election as they look back to 2016 is people who support Joe Biden or oppose President Trump are worried that even though polls may indicate positivity for Biden, they worry it could be missing something. And then folks that support President Trump say he defied expectations last time, he is going to defy expectations this time. Could we be surprised again?  BERNSTEIN: There’s always room for surprise. Of course that’s a possibility. But a lot is going to depend I think on the media and how we focus on the next 11 days, particularly about the issue of Donald Trump, what he and his rhetoric and his actions and words have been all about for almost four years now, the pathological lying, the racism, the call to arms for his followers in the streets to almost provoke violence in our electoral process. We’re dealing with the President of the United States whose level of irresponsibility, recklessness, and lack of faith in the American process is coming dangerously close to a new kind of authoritarianism that we have never seen advocated by a President, something close to some peculiar Trumpian American neofascism. Those are the real issues in the campaign and I think most voters are aware the real issue is Donald Trump and his conduct. Can Trump energize his base enough to make this election close and Republican senators particularly who I talked to say that that’s his real objective. Just get it close enough so that he cannot be forced to leave the white house with a clear victory for Biden and if that is the case, then he goes into causing a constitutional crisis. I think we need to look at his words and actions over the past month and into the next 11 days in terms of his willingness and enthusiasm for provoking a constitutional crisis if he can’t get past 270 electoral votes which seems unlikely, whatever happened in the debate last night. The trajectory does not seem to have been changed notably, but his strategy is to cause such chaos that we are going to be very troubled in terms of how our institutions, how the electoral college, how Republicans in congress, how the system handles a challenge to the orderly and legal electoral process. Such as we’ve never seen. That also includes the kind of message he is sending as he did last night during parts of the debate to his followers, the kind of unfounded vicious charges, the kind of language that we have seen in the past month appeals to racism. As Biden said last night, much more than dog whistles, fog horns, toward racism, toward a kind of unacceptance of pluralistic America, the likes of which we have never seen. That’s where we are, that’s what we have to look at particularly in the media along with the coronavirus pandemic and his failure to act, his homicidal negligence in failing to act to save lives of Americans. As he told my colleague, Bob Woodward, he knew January 28th that we were facing the greatest national security crisis as he was told by his national security advisers that his presidency was going to see and he chose to not only ignore it in public but to pretend almost it didn’t exist as he said so he would not cause panic in America.  KEILAR: Carl, we’ll be watching the final days with you. It is wonderful to see you. Thank you so much for coming on. 

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Sad Mika: Welker Should Have Asked Trump If He Wants ‘People to Die!’

Following Thursday’s final presidential debate, NBC’s Kristen Welker received widespread praise for her performance as moderator. However, it wasn’t good enough for her colleague Mika Brzezinski at MSNBC, who thought Welker didn’t hammer President Trump aggressively enough. On Morning Joe Friday, speaking to The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, Brzezinski complained: And I’m sorry, the one thing I would’ve asked whether I was Joe Biden or Kristen Welker was sort of an extension of the column that you wrote this week, and it goes beyond why isn’t he trying to make, you know, people better? Why isn’t he trying to fight the coronavirus? Does he want people to die? Does he want people to die of the coronavirus? I ask in all seriousness, and I’ll send it to you, because he’s not pushing for universal mask wearing.  Wow. Brzezinski wanted Welker, “in all seriousness”, to ask the President of the United States whether he wanted people to die from the Chinese virus? No wonder NBC didn’t select her to moderate the debate. Although several unhinged moderators in the past have taken debates as opportunities to directly battle Trump, Welker did not. But Brzezinski demonstrated that she would have gone flying off the handle, had she been given the role: Undermining his scientists, saying that Dr. Fauci is a disaster. Not following the guidelines and holding super spreader events at the White House! This is crazy town! And if anybody has a hard time handling Donald Trump, it’s because he’s flying around with lies and conspiracy theories and childish antics on stage while tens of thousands of American people are set to die because of him.  If the goal of moderating a debate were to ask the candidates nonstarter questions at high volume and scream recycled Morning Joe talking points at them, Mika Brzezinski would have been picked as moderator without a doubt, perhaps as co-moderator next to husband Joe Scarborough. Resentful of the fact that Trump is still actively campaigning, she whined: “Super spreader events. This president is going around the country and spreading the virus.” Acting as though the Trump administration has and will do nothing to combat COVID-19, which was completely unknown to scientists less than a year ago, the pessimistic co-host sneered: “This is where we are. Hundreds of thousands of people will continue to die from the coronavirus in part because this president will not promote the basics that could save these lives.” This attack on Welker’s journalistic integrity was sponsored by Priceline and the Ninja Foodi. Click on the links and tell them what you think. Read the transcript below: MSNBC’s Morning Joe
10/23/20
7:45:47 AM MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Well, Gene Robinson, these numbers, the daily numbers, the daily death toll, a thousand a day. I mean, the stories go on and on and on. And you can shout it from the rooftops. This president did not have plan. He missed it from the get-go. He spoke behind the American people’s backs to Bob Woodward and said it was deadly, it was airborne, it was going to kill a lot of people. And he didn’t tell the American people the truth. He didn’t mobilize the Defense Production Act. He didn’t get a mass mobilization of masks, of testing. He did nothing. And I’m sorry, the one thing I woulda asked whether I was Joe Biden or Kristen Welker was sort of an extension of the column that you wrote this week, and it goes beyond why isn’t he trying to make, you know, people better? Why isn’t he trying to fight the coronavirus? Does he want people to die? Does he want people to die of the coronavirus? I ask in all seriousness, and I’ll send it to you, because he’s not pushing for universal mask wearing. He refuses to say it. ‘I’m for masks. Sure, people can wear masks.’ No, as president, you’re the example. You’re the leader who can send the most powerful message to the American people and to the world and he won’t do it. He refuses. And it goes down the line on every level. Undermining his scientists, saying that Dr. Fauci is a disaster. Not following the guidelines and holding super spreader events at the White House! This is crazy town! And if anybody has a hard time handling Donald Trump, it’s because he’s flying around with lies and conspiracy theories and childish antics on stage while tens of thousands of American people are set to die because of him. That’s the bottom line. Gene Robinson, fact check me.  EUGENE ROBINSON: Well, Mi[ka], your facts are absolutely right. (…) 7:54:44 AM BRZEZINSKI: Well, and another couple hundred thousand people don’t have to die. That doesn’t have to happen. If this president actually did the basics here. We’re not even talking about hard stuff where you have to think really hard and complicated and navigate congress. No, basics. Masks. Promoting Socia– Hey, how about not traveling the country and holding super spreader events so people pass the virus along to each other and die from it. When’s the next one? I think it’s in New Hampshire on Sunday. Super spreader events. This president is going around the country and spreading the virus. It is crazy. And yes, it is hard to be shocked every single day, but you know what? This is where we are. Hundreds of thousands of people will continue to die from the coronavirus in part because this president will not promote the basics that could save these lives. Donny Deutsch, Claire McCaskill, Eugene Robinson and James Bindel thank you all. 

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Associated Press Brags: See, No ‘Leftist Radicals’ Committed Protest Violence!

The Associated Press, desperate to distract from the left-wing violence that accompanied this summer’s protests against police brutality, performed a labeling two-step to dodge the issue in its analysis of court records: “AP finds most arrested in protests aren’t leftist radicals.”  AP’s Alanna Durkin Richer, Colleen Long, and Michael Balsamo’s document dive was particularly galling in its dishonest framing: First, the mainstream media insists, ad nauseam, that Antifa is merely a loose collection of anarchists, more of an idea than an organization (unless they’re the inheritors of the spirit of the brave soldiers that stormed the beach at Normandy to save the world from Nazism). Next, the press then turn around and point to the fact that few people arrested had proof of membership in Antifa so as to deny left-wing radical violence is a problem in the first place! Here they went: President Donald Trump portrays the hundreds of people arrested nationwide in protests against racial injustice as violent urban left-wing radicals. But an Associated Press review of thousands of pages of court documents tells a different story. Very few of those charged appear to be affiliated with highly organized extremist groups, and many are young suburban adults from the very neighborhoods Trump vows to protect from the violence in his reelection push to win support from the suburbs. The media have constantly downplayed the undeniable violence and property damage committed by left-wing activists during the street riots that accompanied “mostly peaceful” protests this summer: “Defense attorneys and civil rights activists are questioning why the Department of Justice has taken on cases to begin with[.]” In need of activists to bolster their lunacy, they found a hard-left lawyer, Ron Kuby, who said: “It is highly unusual, and without precedent in recent American history.” The AP admitted briefly that yes, there’s been some violence: “Other police cars have been set on fire. Officers have been injured and blinded. Windows have been smashed, stores looted, businesses destroyed.” But just as they started to stumble onto the truth, they went back to a world divorced from reality (click “expand”): Some of those facing charges undoubtedly share far-left and anti-government views. Far-right protesters also have been arrested and charged. Some defendants have driven to protests from out of state. Some have criminal records and were illegally carrying weapons. Others are accused of using the protests as an opportunity to steal or create havoc. But many have had no previous run-ins with the law and no apparent ties to antifa, the umbrella term for leftist militant groups that Trump has said he wants to declare a terrorist organization. Then came the pathetic “mostly peaceful” cliche, familiar to conservatives who’d been paying attention over the five months the press has coddled demonstrators and soft-peddled the violence and destruction they leave behind.  Even though most of the demonstrations have been peaceful, Trump has made “law and order” a major part of his reelection campaign, casting the protests as lawless and violent in mostly Democratic cities he says have done nothing to stymie the mayhem. If the cities refuse to properly clamp down, he says, the federal government has to step in. And how can one not weep over the fate of this poor young man, jailed merely for making an incendiary device for violent purposes (click “expand”): In Texas, Magistrate Judge Andrew Austin repeatedly challenged the prosecutor to explain why Cyril Lartigue, who authorities say was caught on camera making a Molotov cocktail, should be behind bars while he awaits his trial. Lartigue, of Cedar Park, described his actions that night as a “flash of stupidity,” prosecutors said. The 25-year-old lives with his parents in the Austin suburb and had never been in trouble with the law before and wasn’t a member of a violent group. If Antifa is such a loose collection, why would anyone claim membership? But whatever, folks: “While some of the defendants clearly hold radical or anti-government beliefs, prosecutors have provided little evidence of any affiliations they have with organized extremist groups.” This is apparently some kind of takedown of Trump, if you squint: Several of the defendants are not from the Democratic-led cities that Trump has likened to “war zones” but from the suburbs the Republican president has claimed to have “saved.” 

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CNN Downplays Biden Lies, Blasts Trump’s ‘Serial Dishonesty’

“So if you’ve been watching the debates on CNN, you know that one of the most anticipated moments of truth literally comes from CNN fact checker Daniel Dale,” proclaimed CNN New Day co-host John Berman on Friday. There did not seem to be a lot of anticipation though, nor was there a lot of fact checking. There were, however, a lot of attacks on the President, and a lot of covering for Joe Biden. The so-called “fact checking” began with an out and out insult from Dale: “we have a President who’s running for re-election on a strategy of deliberate serial dishonesty. That’s what we got from Trump at this debate.” Throughout his 2 minute 11 second fact checking spiel, there were few actual specifics given and no sources were cited. What there was were several attacks and even lies about the President. Dale declared: “[Trump] claimed in that first answer that a vaccine is ready.” Look at the transcript of the debate, this was never said by the President. When Dale gave a statistic, like when he was critiquing the section on immigration, he gave no indication of where that came from. The only time that Biden was called out for lying was when he said that he never opposed fracking. Even then, Dale put on kid gloves: “Now, his campaign always clarified, that was not his actual policy, a complete fracking ban, but he did create that strong impression.” Later in the show, John Avlon’s “reality check” segment was even worse. Regarding Biden’s lie about not wanting to ban fracking, Avlon pardoned: “[H]e doesn’t, but he has been really inexact about it in the past but he does support moving to a carbon neutral economy by 2050.”     The rest of the segment Avlon spent attacking and insulting the President. Trump claimed that “I’m the least racist person in this room” during the debate. Avlon didn’t even fact check it, just mocked it. He outright attacked the President on immigration, not even making clear what he was fact checking. Avlon snarled: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions saying we need to take away children and now 545 children have been effectively orphaned by the policy.” There are currently over 200,000 children in waiting for family reunification here in America, but I guess that is not as damaging to Trump. Thankfully, there were other groups, such as the National Review, that offered analysis on what Joe Biden got wrong. There is nothing wrong with the media fact checking a debate. That is actually something they should do and it should be highly encouraged. What CNN was doing was not fact checking, but making partisan and at times baseless attacks on President Trump. Instead of facts, they gave democratic talking points. This CNN bias was sponsored by Chewy and Consumer Cellular. Click on the links to let them know what you think. A transcript of the October 23rd Coverage is included below: New Day
10/23/20
7:45 a.m. Eastern JOHN BERMAN: So if you’ve been watching the debates on CNN, you know that one of the most anticipated moments of truth literally comes from CNN fact checker Daniel Dale. Part human, part accountability robot. This is what he saw last night. DANIEL DALE [CNN Fact Checker]: Alisyn and John, we have a President who’s running for re-election on a strategy of deliberate serial dishonesty. That’s what we got from Trump at this debate. In fact, he was somehow more dishonest at this debate than he was during his bombastic performance in the first Presidential debate. His very first sentence at this last debate was incorrect. He was wrongly describing a pandemic-related statistic. And he went on from there to again falsely assert that the pandemic is rounding some sort of corner, it’s going away. In fact, the situation is getting worse in terms of cases, deaths, hospitalization, test positivity rate. He claimed in that first answer that a vaccine is ready. No vaccine is ready. And he continued to make false assertions about Biden’s plans. For example, again asserting that Biden wants to terminate the private health insurance of 180 million people. Biden, again, as explicitly, vocally rejected that kind of single-payer medical-for-all approach in favor of a voluntary public option in which people could opt in if they wanted to. Trump basically kept repeating many of his other false claims there campaign rallies, claiming that only 1% of people show up for immigration court hearings. In fact, it’s closer to 75%. Again asserting that he’s been better for black Americans than any President since Lincoln. This is completely ridiculous, frankly. Again, asserting that it is China paying the tariffs. As Biden correctly pointed out, it’s U.S. Taxpayers. I could go on and on. Now, Biden was not perfect. He made a false claim that he had never said he opposed fracking. He did say that in the 2019 and early 2020 democratic primary. Now, his campaign always clarified, that was not his actual policy, a complete fracking ban, but he did create that strong impression. Biden also omitted important information about his own plan, the public option, describing it as something that would automatically enroll people in states that have not expanded medicare under Obamacare, but declining to mention or maybe forgetting to mention that it would also allow millions of other people, not just low-income people, not just in those states to enroll. So Biden made some fall claims some that were misleading. But we got a fire house, a bombardment of whatever you want to call it, it was the same as usual from President Donald Trump. Alisyn and John?  BERMAN: Our thanks. A big thanks to Daniel Dale. Like we said, accountability robot.  (….) 8:53 AM ET JOHN BERMAN: I can barely remember the debate last night at this point, but what I do know is there was a lot to fact check in it and John Avalon back here well reality check.  JOHN AVLON: That’s right, guys, look, debate reality check round two, let’s start with health care.  DONALD TRUMP: I’d like to terminate Obamacare, come up with a brand-new beautiful health care. When he talks about a public option, he’s talking about socialized medicine. When he talks about a public option he is talking about destroying your medicare, totally — and destroying your social security and this whole country will come down.  AVLON: Okay. Fear mongering is usually a sign that the facts aren’t on your side. Now, Trump is trying to kill Obamacare and he has no plan to replace it. Biden is campaigning on a public option which is not socialized medicine. This was one of the biggest fights between Biden and Bernie Sanders in the primaries, the public option would expand Medicare not destroy it, it would also have no impact on social security while Trump’s proposed payroll tax cut could deplete social security within three years. Did you notice this surreal exchange?  TRUMP: I just gave $28 billion to our farmers.  JOE BIDEN: Taxpayers money. TRUMP: It’s what?  BIDEN: Taxpayers money.  TRUMP: The taxpayers, it’s called China.  BIDEN: He has caused the deficit with China to go up, not down.  AVLON: All right. So the Trump White House will actually give $46 billion to farmers to blunt the pain of his trade war, but Biden was right, that isn’t China’s money, it’s yours, taxpayers. Now, as for the trade deficit with China, Biden was wrong here, it’s actually down 6.7%, basically flat from where it was in 2016, but the overall trade deficit, a frequent Trump talking point is up to a 14-year high. Things got really heated on immigration and while the Obama administration did occasionally separate families when parents were smuggling drugs, for example, the Trump administration dramatically expanded the policies, Attorney General Jeff Sessions saying we need to take away children and now 545 children have been effectively orphaned by the policy. When Trump railed on Obama-Biden for not passing immigration remember that was because Republican opposed it. Alright lightning round! Trump said Biden’s Climate Change/ Jobs plan would cost $100 trillion, he was off by 50. Trump said Biden wants to ban fracking, he doesn’t, but he has been really inexact about it in the past but he does support moving to a carbon neutral economy by 2050, but I want to end on this claim. TRUMP: I’m the least racist person in this room.  AVLON: Really? Do you think anyone in the room believed that? And that’s your reality check.  ALISYN CAMEROTA: John, we really — I don’t know when you sleep. We really appreciate you —  AVLON: It was for the week.  CAMEROTA: I know you think that, but, yeah, I think it’s really interested to hear that both sides obviously fudged, but as Daniel Dale said, on the Trump side trying to fact check his misleading statements he said it was like I love Lucy at the chocolate factory. It was coming down the conveyor belt that furiously and he was trying to gobble them up.  BERMAN: Not as much of a sugar high. John, thank you very much. 

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