Marked by angry interruptions and bitter accusations, the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden erupted in contentious exchanges Tuesday night over the coronavirus pandemic, city violence, job losses and how the Supreme Court will shape the future of the nation’s health care.
In what was the most chaotic presidential debate in recent years, somehow fitting for what has been an extraordinarily ugly campaign, the two men frequently talked over each other with Trump interrupting, nearly shouting, so often that Biden eventually snapped at him, “Will you shut up, man?”
“The fact is that everything he’s said so far is simply a lie,” Biden said. “I’m not here to call out his lies. Everybody knows he’s a liar.”
The debate even closed with both candidates talking over moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News as he signed off.
As a closing question, Wallace asked Trump and Biden if they would urge calm from their supporters and accept the results if it ends up taking days or weeks to determine a winner.
“I’m urging supporters to go into the poll and watch very carefully,” Trump responded,” citing issues with mail-in ballots being thrown out and other irregularities.
“I hope it’s a fair election. If it’s a fair election I’m 100% on board,” he said. “If I see tens of thousands of ballots being manipulated I can’t go along with that.”
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