Donald Trump is an interesting man to say the least. I'd like to meet him, one day, out of morbid curiosity. I'd like to talk to him, listen to his thoughts, understand him and how he operates until I'd heard enough.

Then I'd like to cave his head in with a brick so he can't do any more damage.

His latest and greatest display of ineptitude and crass, insurmountable hubris has been his debate with Joe Biden, which was described by the New York Times as a "dumpster fire". I, personally, would call it a flaming bag of turds within a dumpster fire, within a trainwreck in Chernobyl. The debate was broadcast a few days before writing, and I thought that condemning the actions of white supremacists was an easy thing to do to gain votes, but it seems that he cant do that without opening his mouth and giving a very clear signal to his goons that he approves of their actions.

I'm going to go ahead and burst any fascist bubbles that may be brewing at the bottom of the rancid political pot, just waiting to rise to the surface and pop, deploying their foul, bitter stench. Donald J. Trump is not a brilliant and cunning mastermind, he is a dolt. His is a towering tangerine turd (being at 1.9m tall, that absolutely has to be a shit-stacking world record).

The debate itself was like watching a 25-car pile up on the M40, as the stupidity on show is not deadly like a knife of a bullet, but like a brick wall across a motorway, and the COVID-19 statistics for the United States agree with me on that. With 7.26 million cases and 207,000 deaths at the time of writing in the USA alone under Donald Trump's administration, it's not hard to see why it was a simple matter for Joe Biden to come out looking class. CNN's Chris Cillizza wrote "Donald Trump's bullying, cajoling and constant interruptions...made the whole affair difficult and confusing to follow". The president's strategy seems to be to take advantage of the American public to assign symmetrical blame to asymmetrical behavior. Trump acts out like the giant child he is, and the public complain about misconduct on both sides meaning that Biden takes the his as well.

But the part of the debate that stood out to most is the eponymous "stand back and stand by", a message to the proud boys, a far-right group in America and one of many white supremacist groups and militias that have risen to cause trouble in the past year of protest and anger. Have no misconception about the idea of this being a "dog whistle" (god I hate that phrase), this is an overt and open invitation of future violence against minorities in the USA. This is an overt approval of everything that these militias have done so far from the highest power in the country.

I think the take-away from this, is that Joe Biden telling Trump to shut up was the finest hour of this debate (even if it was 4 years too late).

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Want to win a £25 Amazon gift voucher, or tickets to Birmingham Comic-con? With our writing competition we've got 6 prizes up for grabs for the best articles, belonging to 6 different categories (Best overall, Funniest Article, Most Informative and Best Use of Media)

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So you've moved in, you've gone to every club, tuition is about to start, what do you do now with your evenings? Attend gigs of course!

So, for all you music fanatics out there, or those just interested in discovering some new artists and seeing them live, here is a gig guide and artist overview for the next month.

Wednesday the 18th of September: Zuzu at the sunflower lounge

If you like The Zutons or Haley Kiyoko, then this gig is a one for you. Zuzu is a relatively small artist, originally from Liverpool and her punk-rock song tone and scouse accent makes for a nice combination. You can pick up a ticket to this concert for £8.25, from See Tickets (link below)


Thursday the 19th of September: No Hot Ashes (With Roma Cove & Honey I Shot The President) at the Sunflower Lounge

Having toured with The Amazons and performed at the Isle of White Festival, this 2018 band inspired by the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen present a fresh alternative indie sound that considering there recent history with gigs (selling out the 950 capacity Manchester Academy) is bound to be a hit. Tickets cost 8.80 (including transaction fees) from see tickets (link below)

Friday the 20th of September: Catapult Club presents Charm Offensive / [SKETCH] / The Filthy Casuals / Man Called Skip / Block C at the O2 Accademy3

Why see one band when you could see 5 new bands? This pretty awesome lineup by Catapult club brings together the self described 'high energy punk band' [SKETCH], a University of Birmingham band man called skip and a young Gloucestershire Indie band The Filthy Casuals amongst others. Tickets cost £7.90 and can be bought by ticket master!

Tuesday the 24th of September: Pale Waves at the O2 Academy

Having got signed in 2017, Indie Pop sounding band pale waves have been touring various festivals, from Chicago's Lollapaloza festival through to Leeds. Tickets will set you back around £22 - but it's certain to be a good show!

Thursday the 26th of September : Koyo at the Hare and Hounds

Having been selected to perform at the BBC introducing Stages in Leeds and Reading in 2017, Koyo have been making critically acclaimed music and performances that span into the prog rock genre. The Hare and hounds is a bit of a venture out into Kings Heath, but a £4-6 uber or a hop on the 35 bus will get you there in no time. For a £8.80 ticket to see such a well featured band in a nice small pub venue - its 100% worth the price!


Saturday the 28th of September: The Penguin Cafe at The Town Hall

For a bit of a change of pace, this genre defying - mixed world orchestral band is performing there opening night of tour here in Birmingham. Tickets are a pricey £27.00 - but for a psychedelic trip without the substance abuse, this will make for a certainly memorable night out!

That's my 5 gigs worth attending selection for this month, be sure to check back here for Octobers, and follow us on twitter for all updates!

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