Chaos & Crosstalk Reign in 1st 2020 Presidential Debate

September 30, 2020

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On Tuesday night, the first presidential debate of 2020 devolved into chaos between President Trump and Joe Biden, according to CNN. The president constantly interrupted the former vice president, hammering him politically and personally, throughout the excruciating-to-watch 90 minute debate. At one point an exasperated Biden said, "will you shut up, man?" Moderator Chris Wallace also struggled to stop the president from talking over his competitor. Trump attempted to defend his record throughout the night. To defend his take on healthcare, he claimed insulin was super cheap these days. "I'm getting insulin so cheap... it's like water," the president said. Joe Biden tried to address the camera directly to reach out to the American people at different moments. He called Trump a "clown" and a "racist," calling him "the worst president we've ever had" and hitting him hard on his coronavirus response. "Between 750 and 1,000 people a day are dying. When [Trump> was presented with that number he said, "It is what it is." It is what it is because you are who you are. That's why it is. The president has no plan," he said. When the topic veered to race in the United States, President Trump refused to outright condemn white supremacists, saying left-wings groups were more of a problem. When pressured by Wallace, Trump addressed the Proud Boys directly, saying, "stand back and stand by." When asked if he'd accept the results of the election, the president did not say he would, launching into instances of rumored fraud.  "If it's a fair election, I am 100% on board. But if I see tens of thousands of ballots being manipulated, I can't go along with that," Trump said. Biden says "I will accept it and he will too, you know why? Once the winner is declared after all the ballots are counted...that will be the end of it." TV commentators seemed to agree the event was unlike any other presidential debate in the past. "That was a hot mess," said CNN co-anchor Jake Tapper. CNN co-anchor Dana Bash called the entire a "s**t show."