The US President, Donald Trump has claimed that “Iam the least racist person in this room,”
as he met his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, for their final debate Thursday night in Tennessee, US.
According to Trump, “I have great relationships with all. I think I am the least racist person in the room. I can’t even see the audience because it is so dark but I don’t care who is in the audience…I am the least racist person in this room”.
Claiming that nobody has done more for the Black community than him, Donald Trump said, “The Black community likes me and I like them. Nobody has done more for the Black community, except for Abraham Lincoln.”
On Trump’s record on race, Joe Biden responded, “Abraham Lincoln here is one of the most racist presidents we’ve had in modern history. He pours fuel on every single racist fire — every single one.”
Joe Biden noted that at his last debate the president wouldn’t condemn white supremacy and told an extremist group to “stand down and stand by.”
The televised encounter in Nashville, Tennessee, represented one of the Republican Trump’s last remaining opportunities to reshape a campaign dominated by a pandemic that has killed more than 221,000 people in the United States.
Opinion polls show Trump is trailing Biden, though the contest is tighter in some battleground states likely to decide the election.
The contentious first debate, when the two men traded insults, was watched by at least 73 million viewers. Trump passed up another planned debate last week after it was switched to a virtual format following his Covid-19 diagnosis.
On Thursday, the commission that oversees the debate removed plexiglass barriers separating the candidates after Trump provided proof he had tested negative for Covid-19, a source familiar with the matter said, Reuters reported.
The commission also muted the candidates’ microphones to allow each to deliver two-minute statements on each new topic before turning them back on, in an effort to avoid the chaos of the first debate.