Donald Trump's debate strategy was to walk on stage, fling a lot of convoluted accusations at Biden, and expect them to resonate with enough voters to overcome his 10 point polling deficit. Why that was a bad plan, in one chart
When Donald Trump won the Electoral College in November 2016, still only 42% of Americans regarded him as honest. Since then, Trump's credibiliy has steadily declined to about 30%.

That's a real problem for a strategy that amounts to: "believe Trump, not Biden."
One more thing.

Have you noticed how upset Trump partisans are that they cannot force their Fox News plot lines onto other media?

There's a reason for that.

40% of US adults affirmatively distrust Fox News as an information source.…
The NYT, the Washington Post, CNN can legitimize an accusation into a national news story.

Fox has never earned equivalent trust. Which is why Trump talkers on far-right and far-left are so desperate to brow-beat reputable media organizations into validating Fox fantasies.

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