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First Trump-Biden Debate Full of Insults and Interruptions

What Happened:

  • President Trump and Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden met for their first debate on Tuesday night. The debate, which was heated at times, often went off topic and devolved into insults and interruptions.

  • Trump took a very aggressive stance from the start and interrupted both Biden and Fox News moderator Chris Wallace consistently.

  • Biden, sometimes clearly flustered with the interruptions and insults from Trump, took a more subdued approach for the majority of the debate.

On the Supreme Court Nomination:

  • Trump defended his right to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court saying Republicans control both the Senate and the Presidency and have every right to do so.

  • Biden argued that we are already in an active election cycle and that the nomination should wait until after the election so we can consider public opinion.

  • When asked about whether he would "pack the court" if he were elected, Biden declined to answer and repeated that the American people should decide who fills the vacant Supreme Court seat.

On Healthcare:

  • Biden went on the offensive attacking Trump's attempt to eliminate Obamacare via an upcoming court case as well as the regulations protecting people with pre-existing conditions.

  • Trump called Obamacare an expensive disaster and claimed that Biden's healthcare plan would eliminate private healthcare.

  • Biden countered that his plan still allowed for private healthcare and that Trump "doesn't have a plan."

  • Fox News Moderator Chris Wallace also asked Trump about his plans for healthcare saying that the Trump camp hadn't put forth any concrete healthcare plan. Trump denied this but did not go into any specifics.

On Trump's Tax Returns:

  • In response to the recent report from the New York Times claiming Donald Trump paid only $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017, Trump seemed to directly deny the report by saying he paid "millions in taxes." However, he did not specify that he paid millions in "federal income taxes" even after moderator Chris Wallace reiterated that detail.

On Covid-19:

  • Biden criticized Trump's handling of the pandemic noting that more than 200,000 people have died and over 40,000 are being infected daily.

  • Trump responded by saying Biden would "have lost far more people" and that he would "close down the whole country and destroy this whole country."

On the Economy:

  • Trump claimed the economy was already in a rapid recovery from the pandemic thanks to his administration.

  • Biden said billionaires have benefited greatly under Trump during the pandemic but that the working class and small businesses were in a much worse position and that they needed financial aid and support from the government.

On Mail-In Voting:

  • Biden said he would agree to and support the results of the election, regardless of the outcome.

  • Trump repeated his claims about mail-in voting fraud and reiterated that he might have to bring the case to the Supreme Court if he disagreed with the outcome.

On Climate Change:

  • Biden said, if elected, he would re-enter the Paris Climate Agreement and make substantial changes to help curb the onset of Climate Change. He also said some of his changes would lead to significant job creation in the US. When asked how he would pay for some of these changes he said the programs would "pay for themselves" in jobs and with a growing market.

  • The President took a more neutral stance on Climate Change saying there may be some evidence of humans affecting the climate but stopped short of saying he agreed with the science. He also emphasized the need to consider businesses and the economy when discussing climate change.

On Race and Racial Tension:

  • Biden said violent crimes have clearly gone up under President Trump and attacked Trump's statement of there being "very fine people on both sides" when a group of white supremacists clashed with protesters in Charlottesville a few years back.

  • Moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump to clearly state that he does not support white supremacists or groups of that nature. Trump said he would, but when pressed to do it by both Biden and Wallace instead told them to "stand back and stand by."

  • When Trump pressed Biden to denounce Antifa, Biden responded that Trump's own FBI Director said there was no real organization behind that name.

Off Topic Comments and Insults:

  • Trump repeatedly brought up Biden's son Hunter and accused Hunter of improper dealings with Ukrainian company Burisma. Biden denied any wrong-doing.

  • Biden, clearly frustrated with Trump's consistent interruptions, said "Will you shut up, man?" and called Trump a "clown" as well as "the worst president America has ever had."

  • Trump attacked Biden for his 47 year record and called him "Dumb as a rock" as well as saying, "There's nothing smart about you, Joe."

The next Biden-Trump debate is scheduled for Oct. 15 and the final one will be on Oct. 22. Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. will face off in the vice presidential debate on Oct. 7.

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