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Marshall Kosloff: Trump strategy to cast Biden as 'senile' backfired after debate

Marshall Kosloff, a media fellow at Hudson Institute media, said Wednesday President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE’s strategy to lower expectations for Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida Supreme Court reinstates ban on curbside voting in Alabama MORE and cast him as a “senile” backfired during Tuesday night’s debate. 

“I think you saw Trump’s strategy with focussing on the idea that Joe Biden is senile or isn’t capable of conducting himself really sort of backfired,” Kosloff said on The Hill.TV’s “Rising.” “Because they set the expectations so low that Biden just sort of going up there and being a bit overwhelmed by Trump’s sort of style that wasn’t him being senile, that wasn’t him being unable to articulate himself.”

The Intercept’s Ryan Grim made similar comments about the debate during a panel discussion on “Rising.” 

“People went in with the impression that this was a doddering old man whose eyes were gonna bleed, his teeth were gonna fall out, and was going to crumble right there on the stage,” Grim said. 

“And when that didn't happen, he gets to walk off as a victor,” Grim added, referring to Biden. 

Ahead of the first general election presidential debate the Trump campaign set out to portray Biden as a mentally incompetent candidate. Trump repeatedly called for a drug test for candidates ahead of the debate, and the Trump campaign wanted to have a third party examine Biden’s ears for electronic devices before the debate.