Presidential Debate 2020: Trump says Biden slammed him for closing borders early in pandemic, Internet asks why
Trump emphasized on closing the borders to China, noting that the virus isn't his or 'Joe's fault', blaming the Chinese solely for the dire circumstances caused by the virus
President Donald Trump and former vice-president Joe Biden are facing off in the final presidential debate ahead of the November elections. The candidates are yet again at each other's throat to gain the voters' confidence as they try to compact the last hurdle in the chase to win the polls. Moderated by NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker, the first segment of the debate has the presidential candidates talking about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
When Trump was asked about his response to the deadly virus, the president began by saying how the scientists are already working on the vaccine which would ready in the coming weeks. However, when asked about the surging deaths and his initial measures, Trump emphasized on closing the borders to China, noting that the virus isn't his or "Joe's fault", blaming the Chinese solely for the dire circumstances caused by the virus. Trump also noted that restricting moments from China did a great deal in the initial stages of the virus outbreak. When Biden goes on to question him his ineffectiveness which the former vice-president said has resulted in crippling the nation, Trump responds saying, "He thinks we shouldn't have shut down the border." Biden simply responds, "No", when the moderator asked if he has anything to say to the POTUS' comment.
It was quite clear that Biden was not interested in carrying the conversation around Trump going on and on about the closing borders with China. The same has garnered a lot of attention on social media as the Internet users are seen discussing how Biden's response to Trump was on-point. People have also come forward to note how Biden didn't call Trump "xenophobic" and "racist" for his response to the pandemic as the latter claimed. One tweeted, "We did not say you’re racist and xenophobic because of the border closing. You’re racist and xenophobic because you called it the 'China virus' and that Mexicans are rapists & criminals. #PresidentialDebate2020." Another added, "Joe was trying to say he’s xenophobic for not closing the border but for blaming China for a virus, I definitely could see that. "
We did not say you’re racist and xenophobic because of the border closing. You’re racist and xenophobic because you called it the “China virus” and that Mexicans are rapists & criminals. #PresidentialDebate2020— audrey 🎃🕸💀 (@blahginger) October 23, 2020
Meanwhile, some have called out Trump for focusing too much on closing borders to China while ignoring more serious factors. One tweeted, "Trump is still harping about closing the border from China, what is one other good thing you did Mr. President?" Another said, "That sure was a resounding 'No' from Joe. Definitely was the better route than responding to Trump's border comment. #PresidentialDebate2020."
That sure was a resounding "No" from Joe. Definitely was the better route than responding to Trump's border comment. #PresidentialDebate2020— I'm Ghoul Like That 🦇 (@natalyiacoleman) October 23, 2020
Meanwhile, one is of the opinion that Biden could have made use of the opportunity by thinking of a better response to Trump's comment. The tweet read, "Joe: I didn’t call him xenophobic for closing border to China. Also Joe: Fails to elaborate when give the chance #Debates2020 #PresidentialDebate2020."