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MUHAMMAD: How Biden Can Win First Debate

Here’s the formula for Joe Biden to win the first presidential debate with Donald Trump in Cleveland on Sept. 29 on Fox News:

When the men walk onto the stage, Biden should walk briskly up and get in Trump’s face, and conspicuously extend his hand for a handshake. If The Donald ignores him, he’s got him. Then he should say loudly: “Come on! Man up for once Donald! This is a shaming you cannot run from!”

If Trump shakes hands, Biden should grip his hand firmly and say: “Attaboy Donald. Now let’s stick to the truth tonight.”

This is High School Debate Book, Rule No. 1: The Definition of Terms. Biden can set the tone and get right into his opponent’s head, and throughout the session, he should address Trump only as “Donald.”

You see, according to the president’s niece Mary Trump, calling him Donald would get under his skin.

“Even if it feels rude, even if it feels like he’s interrupting, it’s too important for us to sit on ceremony here,” she told Lawrence O’Donnell recently on MSNBC’s “The Last Word.” “I mean this sincerely, I hope Vice President Biden refers to Donald as Donald just because that’s an easy way to get under his skin and nobody’s disrespected the office as much as Donald has, so he doesn’t deserve the cover of the respect of the office of the presidency.”

The Donald has told more than 20,000 lies during his time as president, according to The Washington Post. Lying is “almost like breathing” to the president, his niece said. In July, Mary Trump released a tell-all book about her uncle, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man,” and she also suggested Biden call out her uncle’s lies to his face if the moderators don’t do so.

One thing even Stevie Wonder can see is that the Trump Republican Party plays by a totally different set of rules. They’re lowdown and dirty. Think of the ugliest, most hypocritical, deceitful thing you can imagine from any politician. Then double that. No, triple that. That’s what those scoundrels will do. We cannot perceive the depth of treachery and wickedness these characters are capable of.

Michael Cohen, former vice president of Trump Enterprises and “fixer” for the guy for more than a decade (and now a convicted felon), told NBC’s Lester Holt in an interview promoting his book “Disloyal” that Trump would “start a war” in order to stay in power.

Trump said during the 2016 campaign he could shoot someone in the middle of New York’s Fifth Avenue and not lose a single vote. We know he’s a murderer and the hypocrite, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is his getaway driver. Already, roughly 200,000 people have died in this country from the coronavirus — at least 50,000 to 75,000 of them needlessly because of Trump’s neglect and wicked policies.

There is no dirty trick that is beneath him, so, the least thing Biden can do to rattle him in the upcoming debate is to address him as Donald and call him a bald-faced, lying bucket of spit, directly to his face. If Biden tries to play by the conventional rules of decorum, he’s a goner. If he doesn’t do something ugly to Trump, as I’ve said often, it will be like Biden is taking a switchblade to a hatchet fight.

Maybe Biden will get lucky and win the presidential election without devastating The Donald in the debates. But why should he depend on serendipity when he could just whip the bully with his own hands? There’s really too much at stake to leave this to chance.

Biden has been too busy playing nice, trying to court disgruntled Republikkkans, and not trying to excite the Black folks most likely to vote for him. His strategy seems to be simply counting on a universal loathing for Trump — and there’s plenty to be disgusted about — and not giving his base a reason to support him.

Vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris is playing cute with her unconventional shoe choices and coffee klatches with her sisters in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, while leaving Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and the new incoming progressive Black Democrats — who are the real engine driving the new energy in the Democratic Party — to fend for themselves and work to defeat Trump because of their own self-interest. Not me.

My motto this election season: “Be for who who be for you.” Get him, Joe!

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Askia Muhammad

WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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