(Liberty Bell) – The first presidential debate was held Tuesday evening and while it started out somewhat civil, it didn’t take long for things to transform from a political debate to a down right brawl, with the president swinging haymakers all over Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
However, Biden swung back and boy did he fight dirty. Trump’s hard hitting, aggressive approach left the former vice president visibly rattled, something that become more and more clear as he devolved into juvenile name calling, something the president himself did not resort to.
During the event, Biden actually called the President of the United States a “clown” and told him to “shut up,” in an extremely deplorable and disrespectful tone of address. This was definitely punching below the belt. However, Trump did not allow that to rattle his cage.
Here’s more on this explosive exchange from Newsmax:
The 90-minute faceoff played out in a makeshift debate hall with a crowd of under 100 people due to coronavirus safety restrictions, in an atrium that previously was set up for use as a hospital for COVID-19 patients.
Trump kept up his badgering of Biden, drawing a string of rejoinders from the Democrat, including a plea to “just shush for a minute” at the half-hour mark.
At other points, the two candidates dialed down their rhetoric, but then the interruptions would spring up again. When Trump was fielding a question about reports he paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017, Biden was the one interjecting: “Show us your taxes. Show us your taxes.”
The reaction from the mask-wearing crowd was inaudible on television as Trump frequently talked over Biden. There was no discernible response when the former vice president called the sitting president a “clown” and frustratedly told him to “keep yapping.”
In the first head-to-head debate, the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic could not be missed. Crowds and pageantry were out. COVID-19 tests and masks were in.
Trump came out of the gate looking to challenge Biden at every turn — and the former vice president’s patience was soon spent.
“You are the worst president America has ever had,” Biden said.
Roughly 50 minutes into the debate, moderator Chris Wallace’s frustration came to a boil, as he tried to remain even-keeled and stop the rivals from talking over each other.
“Gentlemen, I hate to raise my voice, but why should I be any different than the two of you?” Wallace said.
Trump blamed Biden, but Wallace firmly pushed back to the president, “Frankly, you’ve been doing more interrupting.”
To be fair, Wallace was incredibly disappointing as the debate moderator. As someone who was supposed to be invisible and non-biased, he was the opposite of both. He interjected often and seemed to be debating with the president too. This isn’t surprising. Wallace has made it clear over the last few years that he is not supportive of President Trump. It’s not a shock at all to see him so hostile toward him.
Still, at one point, Wallace chuckled and cracked jokes with Biden. This is not a good look for an “invisible,” objective moderator. It definitely lended to the appearance that Wallace was already rooting for Biden in this event.
Regardless, the president should have been treated with respect, but Biden showed his true colors and his lack of self-control.