Tuesday’s first presidential debate was a disturbing fusillade of President Trump’s go-to weapons of disruption and demagoguery, former Vice President Biden’s flustered response to the bullying and a moderator who lost control from the first question.
The pundits are predictably divided, with prominent Democrats expressing shame at the caustic disunity on display to a world worried about the future of America’s democracy. Republicans, in the voice of Fox News Trump whisperer Sean Hannity, cast Biden as weak, confused and “steamrolled” by the president.
Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News repeatedly tried to stifle Trump during his constant interruptions of both Biden and Wallace himself but failed.
Trump again declined to denounce white supremacy, repeated his assaults on the Nov. 3 election as riddled with fraud and portrayed America under a President Biden as an apocalypse of economic catastrophe and rampant violence.
Biden stumbled under Trump’s barrage of interjections and false accusations but largely maintained a dignified posture and landed a few punches in telling the howler-in-chief, “would you shut up, man!” and calling him “the worst president America has ever had.”