Tuesday night, America witnessed her current president and the Democratic presidential nominee face each other in the first presidential debate of 2020. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden sparred back and forth in a 90-minute debacle, with TV anchor and journalist Chris Wallace acting as the moderator.
BREAKING: The Commission on Presidential Debates says it will add new “tools to maintain order” to the upcoming debates after a chaotic first contest between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. #Debates2020 https://t.co/fZ4HOP9W5S— The Associated Press (@AP) September 30, 2020
The Right believes everyone lost. “The event was a spectacle of insults, interruptions, endless cross-talk, exaggerations and flat-out lies even by the lying standards of current US politics,” wrote The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board. Author and political correspondent Jim Geraghty noted that he doesn’t “expect to see much movement in the poll numbers” after last night’s event. Some on the Right, including film producer James Woods, have accused Biden of wearing an electronic device so his team could feed him answers. Twitter was rife with such accusations. Moderator Chris Wallace has also received much criticism from the Right for what they argue was his bias towards Biden and unequal “fact-checking” of Trump.
“There has so far yet to be a single act of violence by a ‘white supremacist’ provably linked to the president and yet the media, Chris Wallace included, are constantly calling on Trump to disavow them.”Washington Examiner tweet
American lawyer and radio personality Mark Levin tweeted, “Biden got away with endless lies and cheap shots. The questions were mostly asked from a left perspective (‘the science of climate change,’ ‘what’s wrong with critical race theory training,’ etc.), and Biden went unchallenged by the moderator far too often.”
The Left believes Biden won and is outraged for what they say was Trump’s refusal to denounce white supremacists. “The president not only didn’t condemn white supremacy, but actively stoked it,” wrote reporter Fabiola Cineas, referring to tweets by Proud Boys members regarding Trump’s comments. CNN news anchor Ana Cabrera seconded this, tweeting, “Former FBI Dir James Comey says President Trump’s failure to condemn white supremacists at Tuesday’s presidential debate was like ‘spraying gasoline with a fire hose’.” One article said that last night’s performance is proof that Trump’s repeated attacks on Biden’s mental health are simply unfounded, and went on to add that Biden simply isn’t the most charismatic or engaging personality in the world. The New York Times agreed.
“Mr. Biden’s delivery was not always forceful. He did occasionally lose his cool and succumb to Mr. Trump’s barrage of taunts. But he mostly emerged unscathed, and for most Democrats, anything but a loss was welcomed as a clear win.”Shane Goldmacher, National Political Reporter for The New York Times