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Ready to rumble at the presidential debate 

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Credit: Composite: AFP via Getty Images / Mandel Ngan and Jim Watson

The long-awaited clash is finally here: Don and Joe in Oh-hi-oh! Yes, the first presidential debate is upon us — this Tuesday evening, moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace. Based on Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s track records, it should go something like this:

Wallace: Welcome gentlemen, and let’s get right to it. Mr. Biden, President Trump told Bob Woodward that he knew COVID-19 was a disaster back in February, yet played it down, with deadly results. What will you do differently?

Trump: That’s nasty!

Biden: Here’s the deal: I’m going to do everything differently.

Wallace: What will you specifically do?

Biden: About what?

Trump: He forgot the question!

Biden: Malarkey!

Wallace: Mr. Trump, will you outline a serious plan going forward?

Trump: For what?

Biden: His memory’s worse than mine.

Trump: Wrong! Person, woman, man, camera, TV. I aced that test.

Biden: Aced? That’s a test for dementia!

Trump: Fake news! Anyway, I reacted bigly to the China virus. I stopped all flights from China.

Biden: No you didn’t. Anyway, it came from Europe.

Trump: More fake news. Right, Chris?

Wallace: Well, it started in China, but it came to our shores from Europe.

Trump: The Kung Flu?

Biden: That’s racist!

Trump: I’m the least racist person on the planet. My Blacks love me. Right, Chris?

Wallace: You did call some white supremacists "very fine people."

Trump: No I didn’t.

Wallace: It’s on tape.

Trump: Chris, you’re a loser. This is why I wanted Hannity to moderate. Or your dad Mike Wallace. How’s he doing these days?

Wallace: He’s dead.

Trump: Was it the COVID? That’s a nasty disease!

Wallace: Let’s move on. Mr. President, what do you plan to do about climate change, which is contributing to devastating fires in the west?

Trump: I stopped all flights from China.

Wallace: Excuse me?

Trump: People say the fires were set by Chinese arsonists.

Biden: Malarkey!

Trump: You still here, Sleepy Joe? Why don’t you take a nap, you feeble old coot?

Biden: Feeble? I’ll race you across the stage right now!

Wallace: Gentlemen —

Trump: You’re on. Ready, set, go!

(Biden dashes across the stage; Trump doesn’t move.)

Trump: Look at that idiot.

Biden: You said you wanted to race.

Trump: Me? Never.

Biden: You’re a lying, dog-faced pony soldier!

Wallace: Good night, and good luck to us all.

Playwright Mike Vogel tweets at @mikewrite7.