Who Won the Disastrous Democratic Debate? President Trump, Of Course

  • Author, reporter and NBC News analyst Jonathan Allen named President Trump as the clear winner of the first 2020 Democratic presidential debate after candidates mostly refrained from directly attacking the president.
  • Allen was surprised that Trump was “largely unscathed” during the debate with candidates going after one another instead.
  • According to Allen, “the Democrats seemed more focused on positioning themselves furthest to the left to win over primary voters, rather than appealing to the swing voters that decided the 2016 election.”
  • Allen wrote: “For long stretches, it seemed, they completely forgot about the man who has been at the center of pretty much every discussion among Democrats for the last two-plus years — the man they’re competing to take on next year.”
  • He continues: “The obvious reason: The motivation to beat each other was, on this night, more urgent than defeating Trump — a life-or-death moment for some of their campaigns. Trump was the chief beneficiary of that dynamic.”
  • Allen said that by Democrats avoiding Trump, the president was just going “to exploit their divisions and position himself for re-election.”
  • Allen added that Trump “was one step closer to that after Wednesday’s debate.”
  • MSNBC host Joe Scarborough also called avoiding Trump “a missed opportunity.” He also criticized the candidates for not going after front-runner Joe Biden more.
  • Another MSNBC commentator said none of the 10 candidates in the first debate stand a chance of un-seating Trump in 2020.
  • “New York Post” columnist John Podhoretz wrote: “If I were Brad Parscale, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, I would be dancing a jig — because if this is the way the Democrats and the media want to discuss the economy and immigration, he is going to have a field day with the quotes they will generate from now until the election.”
  • After the debate, participant Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Trump wasn’t a major focal point since “he’s an old show that people are getting tired of.”

Reference Links

  • Fox: NBC News analysis declares Donald Trump the winner of first Democratic debate  READ
  • Politico: 7 big takeaways from the first Democratic debate READ
  • The Hill: Trump campaign official: Democratic debate a ‘two-hour infomercial’ for president’s reelection READ
  • NBC: The winner of the first Democratic debate: Donald Trump READ

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