Donald Trump demanded to deliver ‘total KO’ to Joe Biden in first presidential debate

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Tuesday’s debate will tackle issues such as Covid-19, the economy, race and violence in US cities and the integrity of November’s elections. 

“They will be a mix between the Rumble in the Jungle and the Thriller in Manila. His supporters would be disappointed with a technical knock out – they want a massive body blow and total KO,” said Dr Ted Malloch, likening the five debates to Mohammed Ali boxing bouts.

“It may appear unseemly to take a pugilistic approach against someone like Joe Biden, but the stakes are high. 

“This shouldn’t be a close election – Trump was doing wonders for the US economy. But the Covid pandemic has opened the door to all kinds of possibilities.”

Another topic under discussion at the first debate, to be held at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, will be the Supreme Court.

Yesterday President Trump nominated mother-of-seven judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died last week.

His choice was predicted last week by Dr Malloch, who told the Sunday Express it would galvanise “30-40 million hard core voters and at the same time change American history and culture, ensuring a legacy of right wing values for the next three or four decades.”

Last night he added that she would also help to solidify the so-called “soccer mom” vote.

The 48-year-old former law professor, whose seven children include two adopted from Haiti, is the third justice appointed by President Trump after Neil Gorsuch in 2017 and Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, and turns the balance of the nine-justice Supreme Court to six Republicans and three Democrats.

With lifelong appointments, their rulings shape public policy on everything from gun control, carbon emissions and voting rights to abortion and even President Trump’s travel ban on mainly Muslim countries.

Last night Dr Malloch added that her appointment would also help to secure the “Soccer Mom” vote.

“Trump’s base is backing him no matter what. But what this appointment will also mean is the snoring up of the vote within Catholic democratic circles and suburban women,” he said. 

“In less divided times we could expect to see conservative Democrats support this choice. It’s very hard to attack a very pleasant young woman who’s very bright and who not only has five of her own children but also adopted two others from Haiti.

“These are divided times, however – they will go after her, but it will backfire. “

Tuesday’s debate will be broadcast live at 9am Eastern Time (2pm BST).

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