The Tuesday night presidential debate was a nationally televised metaphorical train wreck, and President Donald Trump is the one who drove it off the rails. He belligerently interrupted Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden ad nauseum, and he even harassed moderator Chris Wallace, as if the petulant excuse for a president took the proceedings about as seriously as a reality television game. During the debate, amidst Trump’s stunning outbursts, Biden looked directly at the camera and called on Americans to vote, thereby getting Trump’s nonsense out of the White House. On Wednesday, former President Barack Obama — who Biden served alongside — shared this clip on Twitter.
In his caption for the video, Obama shared:
‘Joe knows this isn’t about him—it’s about us. Make your plan to vote right now. We’ve got to vote like our democracy depends on it. Because it does.’
In the actual moment from the debate, Biden — who, again, was looking directly at a camera, which he did multiple times during the night — said:
‘Show up and vote. You will determine the outcome of this election. Vote, vote, vote. If you’re able to vote early in your state, vote early. If you’re able to vote in person, vote in person. Vote whatever way is the best way for you.’
Check out Obama’s post and the video below:
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 30, 2020
Trump has suggested that he may not accept the election results in November and ensure a peaceful transition of power if he loses. Trump and his allies have suggested that they’re going to wait and see what happens before making their determination of whether they’ll accept the election results, but that’s not how democracy works! No one appointed Donald Trump to be the one-stop arbiter of the democratic process.
Biden addressed this issue during the debate. He insisted that if voters turn out in droves against Trump and he loses, then there is no sustainable method by which Trump can stay in power. There’s no “out.” He will have to leave. Biden commented:
‘[If] in fact he says, he’s not sure what he’s going to accept. Well, let me tell you something, it doesn’t matter, because if we get the votes, it’s going to be all over. He’s going to go. He can’t stay in power. It won’t happen. It won’t happen, so vote.’
Early voting is currently underway in some states, and the pace will only pick up as Election Day gets closer.
Check out Twitter’s response to Obama below: