First Trump-Biden meeting marked by constant interrutions by Trump
First published 29 September 2020, Washington Post
Donald Trump came to heckle. He came to interrupt and to pontificate and to flail his arms, batting away questions and facts in a chaotic fury. He was a boor and a troll, holding up his stubby mitts in an angry pantomime as he tried to halt the words coming from former vice president Joe Biden’s mouth.
Trump seemed to believe that with a single rude hand gesture, one that he regularly uses to assert his dominance, he could hold back the truth so he could be free to spin and hype and vent.
It was an exhausting mess that spun beyond moderator Chris Wallace’s control and outside the bounds of anything that could reasonably be called a debate. It was a 90-minute display of a president’s testosterone-fueled, unmanaged rage and insecurity.
Trump needs chaos. Even Kellyanne knows it. pic.twitter.com/jaJwED037K
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) September 30, 2020
Biden came to debate, God bless him. Trump arrived seemingly hopped up on grievance and indignation, determined to just bellow his way through the evening without ever having to answer a question or speak with clarity and sincerity to the home audience. He raised issues with Biden about his son Hunter’s foreign business dealings and then refused to let his political rival answer.
He yammered about fake news and Hillary Clinton. He talked over both Biden and Wallace. He talked so much that it became impossible to even understand what he was talking about. He talked ceaselessly, and yet he said very little. He talked so much it was as though he was trying to pummel the viewer into submission with his words.
“At the debate Tuesday Biden should start every response by looking at Chris Wallace and say, “Well that’s the 750 dollar question, isn’t it?””
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) September 29, 2020
“Will you shut up, man!” Biden said in a moment of dismay and exasperation. It was a plea that surely channeled the desires of a significant percentage of the viewing audience.
was gonna live tweet this but it’s hard to type and tie this noose at the same time. #Debate2020
— Moshe Kasher (@moshekasher) September 30, 2020
For those who insist Trump is a religious man, I’ll grant you he pays taxes like a church.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) September 29, 2020
I keep laughing and then stopping abruptly and remembering this is happening to us and not a TV show
— Sam Morril (@sammorril) September 30, 2020
If you want to understand what @POTUS @realDonaldTrump is thinking during this out of control #PresidentialDebates2020, you need to read #Disloyal. Only there you will get an insiders view to this crazy behavior; something I witnessed every day at The Trump Org. @amazon @BNBuzz pic.twitter.com/JwUV6D2Z28
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) September 30, 2020
“Anytime you have a sitting president of the United States basically call upon a terrorist organization like the Proud Boys to go out and intimidate people at the polls, that should have been the end of the debate,” Jason Johnson says following #Debates2020. pic.twitter.com/i6qDjnMzFl
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 30, 2020
If you couldn’t bring yourself to vote for Hillary, you helped make that debate happen! #2020NoJoke
— Guy Branum (@guybranum) September 30, 2020
Can Chris Wallace be replaced with a mom who’s been home with her kids since March? #Debates2020
— Wendi Aarons (@WendiAarons) September 30, 2020
If I only had 2 minutes left to live, I’d let Chris Wallace moderate them because it would feel like fucking forever
— Dashiell Driscoll (@dashiell) September 30, 2020
let’s watch it again!
— Morgan Murphy (@morgan_murphy) September 30, 2020
I’m blocking anyone who isn’t aggressively anti trump untill election is over – sorry no time for your BS
— John Cusack (@johncusack) September 29, 2020
I’d shut this off if they weren’t both so fucking hot.
— Jesse Case (@jessecase) September 30, 2020