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3 Stories You Should Read 10/16/2020: Dueling Town Halls, Chris Christie, Caroline Giuliani

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In the category of: Somone´s crazy uncle

5 winners and 3 losers from the dueling Trump-Biden town halls

Dueling town halls between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden created a stark contrast between the two candidates — but probably not the one the president wanted.

This is all because Trump refused to do Thursday’s planned virtual town hall debate due to his Covid-19 diagnosis, so Biden decided to schedule a solo town hall on ABC at 8 pm Eastern. Trump, looking to counterprogram Biden, convinced NBC to schedule his own town hall at the same time — hoping to win the ratings war and come out looking stronger than Biden.

Trump may regret that strategy; he faced hard questions from voters and NBC host Savannah Guthrie on issues ranging from wearing masks to electoral fraud to Trump’s refusal to disavow extremist groups, eliciting a series of responses that ranged from blatantly false (claiming masks don’t really work) to the dangerously absurd (suggesting some parts of the QAnon conspiracy theory might actually be true).



In the category of: I wouldn´t rely on that

Chris Christie tells Trump he has ‘not treated Americans as adults’ over COVID as he reveals he spent seven days in ICU and he admits he was wrong not to wear a mask at the White House

Chris Christie has criticized the Trump administration for ‘not treating Americans as adults’ during the pandemic as he reveals he spent seven days in ICU battling COVID-19.   

Earlier this month, Christie revealed that he was one of more than a dozen people, including several members of Trump’s inner circle, who tested positive for the virus.

They had all attended the Rose Garden ceremony where the President officially announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his SCOTUS nominee.

Christie said he believed that he was in a ‘safe zone’ because White House officials were tested for COVID-19 every day. 

‘I was put in the third row, and what they told us was that everybody in the first three rows had been tested that day and tested negative,’ he told the New York Times. ‘I shouldn’t have relied on that.’ 



In the category of: End this nightmare

Rudy Giuliani Is My Father. Please, Everyone, Vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

I have a difficult confession—something I usually save for at least the second date. My father is Rudy Giuliani. We are multiverses apart, politically and otherwise. I’ve spent a lifetime forging an identity in the arts separate from my last name, so publicly declaring myself as a “Giuliani” feels counterintuitive, but I’ve come to realize that none of us can afford to be silent right now. The stakes are too high. I accept that most people will start reading this piece because you saw the headline with my father’s name. But now that you’re here, I’d like to tell you how urgent I think this moment is.

To anyone who feels overwhelmed or apathetic about this election, there is nothing I relate to more than desperation to escape corrosive political discourse. As a child, I saw firsthand the kind of cruel, selfish politics that Donald Trump has now inflicted on our country. It made me want to run as far away from them as possible. But trust me when I tell you: Running away does not solve the problem. We have to stand and fight. The only way to end this nightmare is to vote. There is hope on the horizon, but we’ll only grasp it if we elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.


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