Jerusalem24 – The first 2020 Presidential Debate, between American President Donald Trump with his Democratic rival Joe Biden, was turned into a disaster. Trump interrupted, insulted and disrupted his peer throughout the event.
Despite that, here are 5 points to take away from the debate:
1. Trump does not condemn white supremacists.
The American President refused to condemn white supremacists on CNN. While given several opportunities in front of families all across the United States and the world to do so, he only nodded in approval.
“Proud boys, stand back and stand by,” Trump responded. “But I’ll tell you what, I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left, because this is not a right wing problem, this is a left wing (problem).” Just minutes after his answer at the debate, members of the Proud Boys and similar groups celebrated his response, flooding their social media channels with comments like “Standing by, sir.”
2. Refusal to commit to election results
With a lot of misinformation being spread about mail-in ballots, Trump failed to respond to the only thing he was asked about on the elections; Will he accept the elections results if he loses.
While Biden stated he will accept any election results, regardless of who wins. Trump attacked mail-in voting again, attempting to cast doubt on the electoral process. “This is going to be a fraud like you’ve never seen,” Trump said. “We might not know for months because these ballots are going to be all over.”
3. Corona virus pandemic response
During the debate, Trump attacked his rival for wearing a mask claiming that he would have done a worse job at managing the pandemic. Trump also touted that a vaccine will be available before election day. In a radio interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered”, Moncef Slaoui, the chief scientific adviser to the US vaccine program has said that “there is a very, very low chance” of an approved vaccine being ready by the end of October.
4. Interruptions and disruptions during the discussion of the Supreme Court
One of the biggest topics these days is Donald Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, to replace the late Ruth Ginsburg. Despite the debate starting with questions regarding the Supreme Court, a lot of details were lost in the midst of the chaos that ensued as Trump interrupted Biden’s answers, as the moderator Chris Wallace struggled to control the debate that began chaotic from its first moments.
5. “Can you shut up man?”
This was said by former vice-president Joe Biden 18 minutes into the debate as a response to a series of disruptions and interruptions by President Trump over his answers. While this sentence will be a hall mark of this debate, it is only one of many that showed how disastrous the first US Presidential debate was in 2020.