President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden held dueling town halls on different networks — Trump on NBC, Biden on ABC.
The result: a wildly split evening where the two candidates seemed to exist in two different realities — not just in policy, but in tone and temperament, too. If you tried to switch between the two, it would’ve been like flipping between Wrestlemania and the Masters.
Trump was pressed about how he has handled the pandemic. He was combative and defensive, at times setting the moderator up as a pseudo debate opponent. Biden fielded tough questions, too, but kept in check a testiness he at times has trouble hiding. He offered calm, and often long-winded, answers tethered to policy and American ideals.
Both made headlines, too: Trump refused to condemn the QAnon mass delusion, while Biden said he’s “not a fan” of court packing.
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