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Analysis: Biden shows the qualities Trump lacks at CNN town hall

September 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Thursday showed the empathy and fact-based thinking at a CNN town hall that President Donald Trump has been lacking, both at his own similar event two days before and throughout his botched management of a pandemic that has killed nearly 200,000 Americans.

(CNN)Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Thursday showed the empathy and fact-based thinking at a CNN town hall that President Donald Trump has been lacking, both at his own similar event two days before and throughout his botched management of a pandemic that has killed nearly 200,000 Americans.

At a unique drive-in event that reflected the reality of America's socially distanced election season, Biden lacerated the President over the pandemic, became apoplectic several times about Trump's reported comments that US war dead were "suckers" and "losers," and marveled that in a recent poll, foreigners expressed more trust in Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping than in the President of the United States.

Biden also took on Trump's argument that mask wearing and local shutdowns recommended by health experts to suppress the virus are an infringement of basic American freedoms.

Yet the impression given by Biden on Thursday night was not recognizable from the President's mockery, raising the possibility that Trump's efforts to portray his rival as senile will backfire.

Following criticism that his convention did too little to focus on blue collar issues that Trump rode to victory through the Midwest in 2016, Biden fumed that people had noted he'd be the first recent president without an Ivy League degree.

The Trump side of the contrast was on display at the Wisconsin rally -- where a crowd packed in an aircraft hanger with little mask-wearing reflected the gulf in worldviews between Trump and Biden, who walked on stage in Pennsylvania wearing a mask.

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