The first presidential debate Tuesday quickly devolved into name-calling, shouting, and personal attacks as President Donald Trump frequently interrupted and former Vice President Joe Biden declared, “Will you shut up man?”
“You’re the worst president we’ve ever had,” Biden said at one point, and at another calling the president a “racist.”
Trump frequently interrupted Biden to accuse him of supporting socialism or attack his son, Hunter. “I’ve done more in 47 months than you’ve done in 47 years,” Trump said.
Moderator Chris Wallace tried to tamp down the antagonistic president, but his efforts to keep calm were quickly stymied as Trump refused to let his opponent speak uninterrupted for more than a moment.
Trump declined Wallace’s invitation to clearly and forcefully condemn white supremacists and right-wing militia groups acting in the president’s name.
“Proud Boys, stand back and stand by,” Trump said, referring to a group of white nationalists that