Trump Resets Race – The People Versus the Swamp

Trump Resets Race - The People Versus the Swamp

( – Debates are supposed to be a contrast between candidates and their visions for the future. On Thursday, October 22, the comparison between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden couldn’t have been starker. The president effectively brought out a familiar narrative to remind America what’s at stake in a little more than a week.

Though never directly stated, Trump reminded America that Biden is a nearly 50-year alumnus swamp creature of Washington, DC. who talked a lot but did little. Trump allowed Biden to expose exactly who he is and what he’ll do from taxes to the economy to immigration, healthcare, and crime. Using the issues as his weapon, he was able to take the phony character narrative off the table and focus on the policies that matter to America’s future.

“He Never Did a Thing”

Over and over again, President Trump reminded America that he’s the new guy, and Biden is the establishment swamp creature that for nearly 50 years did nothing but enrich himself and his family. The president prosecuted the case against Biden with precision and in the right tone.

“Why didn’t you get it done? You had eight years with Obama. You know why, Joe? Because you’re all talk and no action.”

When he said it, the momentum shifted immediately.

There were several telling moments. Here are a few of the highlights.

On the Potential Pay for Play Scandal

The alleged Biden family pay for play scandal is the biggest story of this election, and perhaps of the century. Last week, the New York Post broke the story of how the Biden family used the Office of the Vice Presidency to enrich themselves. An hour before the debate, Hunter Biden’s former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, held a press conference laying out his case that Joe Biden was lying, and was very much profiting off of the Chinese.

Biden’s response to the moderator’s question on the issue was to claim that Trump was being used as a Russian pawn to spread disinformation. Trump asked if the laptop was disinformation, to which Biden said it was.

Adding insult to injury, the former VP made a crucial mistake, “I know them (Russia), and they know me.” He opened the door wide for Trump, and he walked right through.

Trump quoted an 87-page report by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, alleging that Hunter Biden received $3.5 million from Russia. Then, Trump asked the question for which America has been waiting on an answer.

“All of the emails … the horrible emails of the kind of money that you were raking in, you and your family. And Joe, you were vice president when some of this was happening. And it should’ve never happened. I think you owe an explanation to the American people.”

Much like the cleverly worded press release on the matter before the debate, Biden didn’t directly address the allegations. He stated that he never owned stocks or took money from companies that are foreign adversaries. However, the emails and allegations never said he did. They allege his son and brother took the money, then held 10% for the former vice president.

There’s more to come on this story.


America knows COVID-19 isn’t Trump’s fault, and the president reminded America that the cure couldn’t be worse than the disease. In the early months of the pandemic, he said no one knew exactly what to do or what they were dealing with, and now we know. Trump said Americans are adjusting and learning to live with the disease. Biden said people are dying from it.

In a telling moment, Trump stated Democratic governors need to open their states. Biden responded oddly. He urged struggling restaurant owners to spend large amounts of money they don’t have to add plexiglass between seating areas. He also claimed that certain businesses needed to remain closed indefinitely until there’s more control of the virus. He came off as unsympathetic to the plight of small businesses.

Trump reminded America that can’t happen.


Immigration policy was front and center, and Biden attacked Trump for separating children and keeping them behind chain fences. However, Trump reminded him that his administration was responsible for making the fencing and creating the policy. When he learned what was happening, the policy was changed. When Biden denied it, the president reminded America that video footage used of kids behind chained fences separated from their parents was shot in 2014.

However, the biggest revelation is that Joe Biden, in his first 100 days, would put illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people.

Trump reminded America on immigration that he was all talk, no action.


As expected, Biden attacked Trump as being a racist despite his racial gaffes over the last five months and throughout his career. Trump’s reply was to remind blacks that Biden is all talk and no action. He was responsible for the language in the 1984 crime bill that sent untold numbers of black men to prison for minor offenses. President Trump got criminal reform and prison reform done with a Democratic Congress, as well as increased funding for black colleges and universities.

Good Night for President Trump

It was a good night for the president. With nearly 50 million ballots cast nationwide as of debate time, the number of persuadable voters continues to drop. For those who still haven’t voted, will the debate change anything?

We’ll have to wait and see if Trump picks up momentum and builds on the “all talk, no action” swamp creature narrative that made his 2016 campaign a success.

By Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst

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