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Interruptions and Insults: All About the Very Uncivil Tone of the First Presidential Debate
Trump repeatedly interrupted and heckled Biden, who responded by calling the President a "clown" and telling him to "shut up"The candidates regularly attacked each other’s character, as Trump repeatedly interrupted and heckled Biden, who responded by calling the President a “clown” and telling him to “shut up.” Moderator Chris Wallace often failed to get the discussion back on track.
President Trump insisted Wednesday that he prevailed in the first debate against Democratic nominee Joe Biden and said he wants to continue with the two remaining such events.
"I thought it was a great evening," Trump told reporters at the White House before departing for a campaign trip to the battleground state of Minnesota. "I see the ratings were very high and it was good to be there, felt very comfortable. I appreciate all the good words."
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Trump later claimed that Biden does not want to move forward with the next two debates, despite the Biden campaign saying Tuesday that the former vice president would continue to debate Trump.
"I hear he doesn't want to go forward, but that's up to him. I mean, I would like to," Trump told reporters. "By every measure, we won the debate easily last night. I think he was very weak, he looked weak, he was whining. Yeah, we won the debate by almost every poll that I saw."
Trump claimed he viewed six polls that showed him winning the debate in Cleveland Tuesday evening, but he didn't name the surveys.
Public polls released following the debate indicated that voters believe Biden performed best.
found that 6 in 10 believed Biden did the best job during the debate. found 48 percent of viewers believe Biden won the debate, while 41 percent say Trump had the best performance.
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The debate, moderated by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, was extremely chaotic and saw both candidates flinging insults at one another. Trump repeatedly interrupted Wallace and Biden and attacked the former vice president on multiple fronts, including raising his son Hunter Biden's business dealings and claiming that Biden is not intelligent. Biden characterized Trump as a "clown" and a "liar" and told him to "shut up" at one point.
The constant attacks overshadowed any meaningful policy debate.on Wednesday said Trump squandered a meaningful opportunity to draw an effective contrast with Biden and make his case to voters in an election where he is trailing.
Biden's campaign insisted that he wouldduring a post-debate call with reporters, as political operatives criticized the event as disastrous.
The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) said Wednesday that it isto the two remaining presidential debates to maintain order.
"Last night's debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues," the commission said in a statement. "The CPD will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly."
'Will you shut up, man?': Testy exchanges on health care, Supreme Court among debate top moments .
They bickered on who should appoint the next Supreme Court justice, their stances on health care and even brought each other’s families into the fray. Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News struggled to rein in the candidates and at times admonished Trump as interrupting more frequently than Biden. © Mario Tama, Getty Images A server wears a face shield and face-covering as people sit to watch a broadcast of the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning.