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Donald Trump and Joe Biden were supposed to have their second presidential debate tonight. As is 2020's way, this did not go to plan.

Less than three weeks before the election, a churlish game of political chess began. After it was announced the debate would be online, Trump moved his pawn two places forward and cancelled. In response, Biden pushed rook to A5 and announced he would host a town hall instead. Not to be outdone, Trump moved king to F3 and said he too would host a televised debate - the check move? The same time and day, on a competing station.

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It's hard to believe, but the presidential debates are finally here. Whereas the Democratic showdowns dragged on for an eternity, the last six months hazily zipped by with the 2020 election now just five weeks away.

Presidential debates can make or break a campaign. It's the first time Donald Trump and Joe Biden have faced each other, millions of people tuning in around the world; these clashes are unarguably important...but that doesn't mean everyone has the stomach to watch them. Never has it been more tempting to shut politics out than in 2020, to allow your disenchantment to take over and watch 'Schitt's Creek' instead. You're already anxious enough on your Tuesday night because of that stupid thing you said a decade ago. Why add to it by reminding yourself just how horrific the president of the United States is?

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At this point in the Trump presidency, I shouldn't be surprised by anything, but the childish, erratic display in Ohio still shocked me. Donald Trump rowed with debate moderator Chris Wallace, shouted over Joe Biden, hurled insults, and made personal attacks. It was similar to what we saw in 2016 when the now-president steam-rolled Hillary Clinton at every turn, stalking her around the stage. With coronavirus restrictions in place, Trump couldn't hunt Biden down as physically as he did Clinton, but that didn't stop him from dealing a barrage of blows. It is the angry president we have become all too familiar with, yet, I was still stunned by the embarrassing performance.

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I've always daydreamed about escaping.

The imaginary circumstances change each time, but the result is the same - no social media, no commitments of any kind, a blissful, temporarily empty void. Whether I end up on a secluded beach, or a lake surrounded by woods, daydream-me always loses those last few pounds, writes that novel and is generally at peace.

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