There was a lot to regret about this election cycle – social media oligopolies abandoned every vestige of impartiality, American cities went up in flames as racial tensions reached a fever pitch, the mainstream media turned into a protection racket for the candidate they favored and a pandemic arrived from China just when it seemed like President Trump was coasting to re-election. However, given all that, one should be thankful for the perspective this election cycle has provided.
Entering Thursday’s debate, the Trump campaign faced two challenges: getting the President’s points past the moderator and avoiding ill-advised interruptions that cut into Biden’s string of bland platitudes. Not only did President Trump avoid those pitfalls, but Joe Biden committed himself to policy positions that appeal to nobody outside community organizing collectives and tenured college faculty.
It is no secret that Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden does not respond well to being questioned about his son’s dealings. In an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show in February, Biden was asked by co-host Savannah Guthrie about whether Hunter Biden should not have taken a position on the board of Ukrainian energy company, Burisma, as the company viewed his appointment as a means to get to then-Vice President Joe Biden.
The New York Times launched the 1619 Project last year with an ambitious aim: To “reframe” American history, portraying 1619 as the year of America’s “true founding.” However, after a barrage of criticism from scholars on both sides of the political spectrum, the 1619 Project started to let some air out of the balloon. Without issuing any correction or clarification, the Times quietly removed the reference to 1619 as the year of America’s true founding.