A little over 30 days remain for the US elections to kick off and voters saw the two candidates go head to head as the first US presidential debate took place on Tuesday, on September 29. The 90-minute affair, at one point, felt more like the drama we see on a reality TV when the show’s producers want to drive up the ratings. The presidential debate between the two contenders for the oval office was basically two grown men bickering with each other, to see who can talk louder over the other.
Some might have found it entertaining to watch Joe Biden try and speak despite the relentless interruptions by Trump. But there’s no doubt that it was clearly frustrating. At one point, as Biden was answering a question that Wallace of Fox News posed to him, the president decided to jump in yet again even though it was clearly not his turn to speak.
Biden got so frustrated at Trump for bulldozing him with a barrage of questions that he said something that most people were already thinking, perhaps even screaming at their TV screens, “Would you shut up, man?”
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) September 30, 2020
When Wallace tried to get the situation under control by saying they can move on to the next segment, Biden sarcastically said, “That was a really productive segment. Keep yappin’, man,” according to Business Insider.
At one point, Wallace had to step in and say, “I think the country would be better served if we allowed both people to speak with fewer interruptions,” and the speaking to Trump directly, he said, “I’m appealing to you, sir, to do that.”
To this, Trump responded with, “Well, and him, too.” Wallace was clearly not having it, which was apparent from his response, “Well, frankly you’ve been doing more interruptions than he has.” The president’s response was to spew more things that made very little sense, and Biden couldn’t help but laugh at the abysmal state of the debate. It was no surprise that at one point he even said, “This is so unpresidential.”
Oh my God.
Chris Wallace has totally lost control of this thing.
He’s allowing Trump to behave like schoolyard bully, completely disrespecting the millions of Americans who tuned-in hoping to see a debate of ideas, and a plan to move America forward.
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) September 30, 2020
The personal attacks that they gave each other included Trump saying, “Did you use the word smart? You graduated either the lowest or almost the lowest in your class. Don’t ever use the word smart with me, Joe,” as quoted by CBS News.
On the other hand, Biden said, “This is a president who has used everything as a dog whistle to try to generate racist hatred, racist division” and he also called him “the worst president America has ever had.”
Biden is talking about what he plans to do about climate change and the environment and other issues.
Trump, on the other hand, has yet to mention one single thing he plans to do if he wins. All he does is interrupt and attack.
Elections are about the future.#Debates2020
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) September 30, 2020
As the debate progressed, Trump said nothing to condemn white supremacist groups in America but tried to make most of the debate about Biden and even went after the Democratic candidate’s family.
Following the debate, many did not hesitate to clearly saw what was on their mind about the 90-minute mess that they watched. The Lead host Jake Tapper from CNN, whilst live on air, said that the debate “was a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck. That was the worst debate I have ever seen, in fact it wasn’t even a debate. It was a disgrace,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Dana Bash, CNN’s chief political correspondent, then said, “You used some high-minded language. I’m just gonna say it like it is. That was a sh*t show. We’re on cable, we can say that. Apologies for being maybe a little bit crude, but that is really the phrase that I’m getting, you know, from people on both sides of the aisle on text, and it’s the only phrase that I can think of to really describe it.”
"That debate was a disgrace." @jaketapper
"It was a shit show." @DanaBashCNN
They are absolutely right, and there's simply no other way to say it. #debates
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) September 30, 2020
Presidential debates are supposed to illuminate, create clear contrasts and show the strength of our democracy.
That debate was a was a disaster overwhelmingly because of President Trump‘s performance.
It shows the fundamental lack of respect he has for the democratic process.
— John Avlon (@JohnAvlon) September 30, 2020