Five Quick Tips for Biden to Beat Trump in the 2nd Presidential Debate and Beyond

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Five: Since former Vice President Joe Biden needs key swing states, like Philadelphia, to defeat President Donald Trump bigly on November 3, 2020, he needs to campaign like he’s losing. Since he needs to campaign like an underdog, he should be campaigning daily! While it’s great to have Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris, former President Barack Obama, former First Lady Michelle Obama and former Mayor Pete Buttigiegmake the case against Trump, Biden needs to show more stamina. Maybe Biden should ask Trump for some steroids?

Four: Biden should reject the mantra, “When they go low, we go high.” Trump doesn’t play by the rules (i.e., he plays dirty), so it’s politically naïve to think that taking the high road or moral high ground will result in victory!

Three: Biden shouldn’t show respect to someone who doesn’t deserve respect. According to Mary L. Trump — psychologist, author and Trump’s niece — Biden should refer to Trump by his first name, “Donald.”Since Donald craves praise and respect, when he doesn’t receive it, he loses his temper. Biden should capitalize on Donald’s childhood insecurities that have haunted him to the present, where he’s holds mass rallies to inflate his ego with supporters whom he doesn’t respect, putting their lives at risk with COVID-19!

Two: When Donald goes after Biden’s son, Hunter,Biden must do better than saying, “That’s not true.” He needs to say something like, “Donald, in politics, it’s not polite to discuss our children, where I’ll be happy to comment on your kids.” Once Donald raises the issue, again, Biden should borrow a line from the late actor and President Ronald Reagan, “There you go again.” While I detest Reagan, Biden should simply expose Donald for trying to deflect from COVID-19 and the recession impacting millions of Americans, today.

One: Biden must take a strong moral stance and call out Trump for his human rights violations, like putting brown kids in cages!

Note: To read more writings by Dr. Huerta, purchase his award-winning book, Defending Latina/o Immigrant Communities: The Xenophobic Era of Trump and Beyond.

Dr. Álvaro Huerta is an Associate Professor in Urban & Regional Planning and Ethnic & Women’s Studies at California State Polytechnic University.

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