Hillary Clinton Explains How Biden Can Beat Trump’s ‘Nonsense’ At Debate

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Former Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has urged President Joe Biden not to engage with Donald Trump’s “nonsense” as she gave her view on the pair’s first 2024 debate.

With four months to go until America votes, Biden and Trump will face off on Thursday inside a CNN studio in Atlanta, Georgia.

In an opinion piece for The New York Times Tuesday, Clinton offered her perspective on the debate based on locking horns with Trump in 2016 and taking on Biden during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary race.

Clinton’s second televised stand-off with Trump was notorious for the Republican candidate moving ever closer behind the then-Democratic nominee and glowering. In the op-ed, Clinton described Trump as “stalking me around the stage.”

Recalling their three debates, Clinton said Trump “unleashed a blizzard of interruptions, insults, and lies that overwhelmed the moderators and did a disservice to the voters.”

Clinton wrote, “It is a waste of time to try to refute Mr. Trump’s arguments like in a normal debate. It’s nearly impossible to identify what his arguments even are. He starts with nonsense and then digresses into blather.”

Hillary Clinton speaks as Donald Trump listens during the second of three presidential debates in 2016.
Hillary Clinton speaks as Donald Trump listens during the second of three presidential debates in 2016.
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In an apparent jab at the pundit class, she went on: “Yet expectations for him are so low that if he doesn’t literally light himself on fire on Thursday evening, some will say he was downright presidential.”

But she argued Trump’s tactics, he “interrupts and bullies,” will “fall flat” if Biden is “as direct and forceful” as he’d been with Republican hecklers during his State of the Union address in March.

The president has “facts and truth on his side,” she said. “He led America’s comeback from a historic health and economic crisis, with more than 15 million jobs created so far, incomes for working families rising, inflation slowing and investments in clean energy and advanced manufacturing soaring. He’ll win if that story comes through,” she added.

The debate comes against a backdrop of Trump’s 34 felony convictions, a fierce debate over abortion rights and concerns about the health of both nominees.