President Donald Trump faced off against former Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday in the first of three presidential debates ahead of the upcoming election on November 3. The pair adversaries pulled no punches on Tuesday night, engaging in heated, if not downright incoherent, arguments.
With no commercial breaks, viewers were subjected to 90 minutes of intense intervals of cross-talk while moderator Chris Wallace poorly attempted to restore order. At the close of the debate, many commentators on social media responded to the night with shocked faces and bold declarations of how much of a “chaotic show” it was.
"That was a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck," @jaketapper says. "That was the worst debate I have ever seen. It wasn't even a debate. It was a disgrace."
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) September 30, 2020
Biden Tells Trump to Shut up
At one moment, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden implored President Donald Trump to just “shut up” after Trump continued to talk over him during the presidential debate on Tuesday.
The debate’s moderator, Fox News’ Chris Wallace, had asked Biden whether he would expand the number of seats on the Supreme Court if he were elected in November.
As Biden attempted to respond, Trump incessantly interrupted him.
“Are you going to pack the court?” Trump said over Biden. “Are you going to pack the court? He doesn’t want to answer the question. … Why won’t you answer that question?”
After trying several times to answer the question, an exasperated Biden said: “Will you shut up, man? This is so unpresidential.”
Wallace then ended the segment and moved on to another topic.
As Pres. Trump repeatedly interrupts Joe Biden, Biden says, "Will you shut up, man?"
— ABC News (@ABC) September 30, 2020
Earlier in the debate, Wallace had to plead with Trump to let him ask his question.
“Let me ask my question,” Wallace said at one point, and then finally: “Mr. President, I’m the moderator of this debate, I’d like you to let me ask my question and then you can answer. … My question, sir, is what is the Trump health care plan?”
Trump fired back: “Well, first of all, I guess I’m debating you not him. But that’s OK, I’m not surprised.”
Biden continued to express frustration with Trump’s frequent interruptions throughout the debate.
“It’s hard to get any word in with this clown ― excuse me, this person,” the former vice president said at one point.