6 takeaways from the dueling Trump and Biden town halls

Guthrie might have delivered the most memorable line of the night when she quizzed Trump about a recent retweet of a discredited conspiracy theory that Biden had orchestrated actions to have SEAL Team 6, one of the country’s elite military units, killed to cover up the supposedly faked death of Osama bin Laden.

It was exactly the kind of digression that has left Republicans frustrated: Six months, 8 million cases and more than 215,000 deaths later, the president is still trying to bend the reality of the pandemic to his politics rather than the other way around.

The pandemic has upended American life like no other event, and death rates per capita are higher than in other developed nations, yet Trump continued to claim that his administration’s response had been a success.

Biden did make one bit of news: After energetically avoiding the question recently, he signaled that he would announce before Election Day whether he supports expanding the number of seats on the Supreme Court.

Many Democrats have called for expanding the Supreme Court after Trump and Senate Republicans charged forward with filling the vacancy created by Ginsburg’s death, even though it was so close to the election.

But when a voter asked about how he might try to influence a second Trump administration if he lost, Biden said he would probably go back to teaching, “focusing on the same issues relating to what constitutes decency and honor in this country.” He added, “It’s just a thing that got me involved in public life to begin with.”

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