Sleepy Joe? No, It Was A Rope-A-Dope All Along

Letting Trump beat Trump was the right move

David Leibowitz
Nov 8, 2020 · 6 min read
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Muhammad Ali fights Brian London on August 6, 1966 (PA, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Sleepy Joe?

A classic trump maneuver is to belittle someone by using a nickname. Elizabeth Warren was called Pocahantas, there was Crazy Bernie, and called Congressman Adam Schiff “Little Pencil Neck.” And of course, “Sleepy Joe.”

Basement Biden?

In September, after calling Biden “Sleepy Joe” for most of the campaign, Trump tried a new name on for size — “Basement Biden” — and challenged him to get “out of his basement.” But Biden had been following CDC guidelines to shelter. Rather than speak from a podium at large rallies, Biden chose to virtual deliver fireside chats from his basement. Some might have assumed the lowered visibility would hurt his chances, but Biden was still not goaded to step into the limelight.

Keep Yappin, Man

During the first debate, Biden mostly maintained his calm and reserve as Trump petulantly blustered. In 90 minutes, Trump interrupted Biden and debate moderator Chris Wallace at least 128 times. During the final debate in Nashville, Trump interrupted twice as many times as Biden.

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21 missed punches in 10 seconds (ESPN Classic)

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