Op-Ed: The Media Won’t Let Biden Lose the Debate Against Trump

This article originally appeared on Lifezette on September 28, 2020.

It is unlikely that Joe Biden will melt down completely on the debate stage with President Trump, and that’s enough for the mainstream media to declare him the winner regardless of what the two candidates actually say.

While the Democrat nominee has had his fair share of gaffes and stumbles on the campaign trail in recent weeks, Trump supporters should not be lulled into a false sense of security. It would be a mistake to underestimate his ability to parry attacks and deflect criticism in a debate setting. He’s done this before – and a lot.

During almost every primary debate, the other Democrat candidates ganged up on Biden, expecting a diminished opponent, desperate to slash his front-runner standing in the polls and to neutralize the advantages conferred by his decades as a Washington insider. Most of them were younger and all of them were sharper and more articulate than the erstwhile Biden. But as we all know today, these attempts to take down the former vice president failed miserably. Even in a one on one with the wily and cantankerous socialist Senator Bernie Sanders, Biden more than held his own.

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