The first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden deteriorated into chaotic arguments (many on both sides of the aisle would call it a “shit show”) on Tuesday night as the impeached president dominated the stage by shouting interruptions with angry and personal remarks.
At one point, Trump’s constant shouting overshadowed the topics about the nation facing a historical crisis.
It was difficult to hear strategies as Trump performed as being nothing but a schoolyard bully. If Trump has kept his plan accordingly, it was the belligerent tone that was persistent, somehow fitting for what has been an extraordinarily ugly campaign.
The two men frequently talked over each other with Trump interrupting as much as possible, so often that Biden eventually snapped at him with, “Will you shut up, man?”
Throughout the night, Trump argued with Fox News Moderator, Chris Wallace, while lying on stage about how ‘safe’ his rally’s have been held over the pandemic, completely disregarding the death of Herman Cain, former Republican Trump supporter who attended those rallies.
Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that Trump had paid no federal income taxes in 10 out of 15 years beginning in 2000 because he reported losing significantly more than he made, citing more than two decades of tax information the paper obtained. And when Chris Wallace confronted Trump, Joe Biden stated that Trump ‘does take advantage of the tax code’ and ‘pays less tax than a school teacher’. Trump shrugged off the criticism, saying all business owners do the same ‘unless they are stupid’. The exchange escalated with Biden telling his rival: ‘You are the worst president America has ever had.’
Donald Trump tried to deflect on every topic that was addressed to him, the only time Trump was silent was when it came to the topic of condemning white supremacy, But despite his efforts to overpower the discussion, Trump was frequently put on the defensive side and tried to deflect when he was asked if he was willing to condemn white supremacists and paramilitary groups.
“What do you want to call them? Give me a name. Give me a name,” Trump said, before Biden mentioned the far right, violent group known as the Proud Boys. Trump then pointedly did not condemn the group, instead saying: “Proud Boys, stand back, stand by. But 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.”
After the hour and half debate, the message was clear. Trump doesn’t have a plan. He doesn’t care about Americans, had no good responses to the pandemic, undermining masks, and spreading lies. He only cares about power.
The US election is in 5 weeks and the time remaining is crucial.
Jessica Velle is writer from Los Angeles, CA. She focuses on shining a light on culturally diverse stories.