Frontline’s ‘The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden’ Reveals How Candidates Early Crises Shaped The Rest Of Their Lives

Many Americans probably think they know all there is to know about Joe Biden and President Donald Trump, which is what makes PBS The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden so fascinating.

Debuting on Tuesday, The Frontline special presents the lives of Biden and Trump in ways that may surprise people. The focus is on moments from their lives that would shape how they responded to future challenges.

Michael Kirk, the director of The Choice, said that they approached the documentary with the question, “Could we find eight crisis points in their lives, where we could find them confronting something that they would then learn from, adopt a kind of life method from?”

A few examples: Biden’s childhood stutter forced him to become more resilient, and shed light on his ability to persevere through life tragedy and career mistakes, such as a plagiarism scandal that ended his first presidential campaign in 1988. Trump’s tough childhood informed how he gravitated toward mentors like Roy Cohn and how he adopted an over-the-top bombast in the face of business failure.

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There also are unexpected poignant moments, as when Jill Biden talks about briefly meeting her husband’s first wife, Neilia, who was killed in a traffic accident along with their infant daughter in 1972.

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