The first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden took place in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday (Sept. 29) night. Needless to say, it was the talk of the town — or shall we say tweets?
People all across the internet weren’t shy about voicing their opinions about what many considered to be an “embarrassing” or “shocking” debate that was hard to watch. From Twitter to Facebook, Instagram, Reddit and other social media platforms, the reactions of the night were priceless.
During the debate, Biden and Trump discussed the following topics in six 15-minute segments: The broadcast will consist of six 15-minute segments titled “The Trump and Biden Records,” “The Supreme Court,” “COCID-19,” “The Economy,” “Race and Violence in our Cities” and “The Integrity of the Election.”
Some topics had answers from the two that were deemed unbelievable. One example of this was when Trump refused to condemn white supremacy when moderator Chris Wallace asked him to. Trump even told them to “stand back and stand by.” What?!
Chris Wallace: "Are you willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down..."— Axios (@axios) September 30, 2020
Trump: "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by! But I'll tell you what, somebody's got to do something about antifa and the left." pic.twitter.com/4vrPocKzcu
There were even funny, yet jaw-dropping moments like when Biden seemed to get tired of Trump talking over him and told him a couple of times to “shut up.”
“Please, shut up man” was just said during the Presidential debate.— Charisse Gibson (@OkayCharisse) September 30, 2020
Biden, at one time, even called Trump a clown.
Biden: ‘It’s hard to get any word in with this clown’— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) September 30, 2020
End this debate. It's completely pointless.
Trump refuses to answer questions and just screams over everyone, argues with the moderator, lies every time he opens his mouth.#Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/LBjBwYNe6U
And let’s not even discuss that awkward moment when Trump mistakingly said that Biden went to Delaware State University, which is an HBCU. He actually meant University of Delaware. Trump also said that Biden wasn’t smart.
Dog. Delaware State is an HBCU. WTF.— Justin Tinsley (@JustinTinsley) September 30, 2020
A lot of people didn’t enjoy Wallace as the event’s moderator either. Many felt like he didn’t have enough control over the night and Trump, who was interrupting nonstop.
“My job is to be as invisible as possible,” Wallace said before the debate, as he prepared for the big showdown. “I’m trying to get them to engage, to focus on the key issues, to give people at home a sense of, ‘Why I want to vote for one versus the other?’”
Chris Wallace should never moderate another presidential debate. Ever.#Debates2020— Charlotte Clymer ️ (@cmclymer) September 30, 2020
Many also didn’t like the fact that Trump brought of Joe’s son, the late Hunter Biden’s, drug addiction during the debate.
I didn't want to let it go by unsaid: Substance use disorders should be met with compassion and care, not stigmatizing language and scorn. By anyone. #Debates2020— Esther Choo, MD MPH (@choo_ek) September 30, 2020
Check out some more social media reactions of the night below. And please, remember to #VoteOrDie on Nov. 3.
President Trump refused to condemn White Supremacy. Was asked multiple times. Refused. Didn't do it. Instead, told the Proud Boys to "stand back and standby."— Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali (@WajahatAli) September 30, 2020
Trump supporters, defend this.#Debates2020
"He wouldn't know a suburb unless he took a wrong turn," Joe Biden says after Pres. Trump claims that "our suburbs would be gone" if Biden were president.— ABC News (@ABC) September 30, 2020
"This is not 1950. All these dog whistles on racism don't work anymore." https://t.co/5Bl4ObloU1 #Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/csTBu2uVgt
I'll be the one to say it. We don't need to see another debate. #Debates2020— Hotep Jesus (@HotepJesus) September 30, 2020