The presidential candidates discussed, in particular, the situation with the coronavirus epidemic in the United States.
The first election debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden began in a bullying tone, when Biden called the President a “clown” and a “liar,” exposing the irreconcilable nature of modern American politics.
As the debate progressed from discussing the Supreme Court to the coronavirus epidemic, Trump said that if Biden were President, 2 million people would have died from COVID-19 in the country.
Moderator Chris Wallace then asked Trump if he had a plan to replace the affordable care act, and the President said: “It looks like I’m having a debate with you, not with him, but that’s fine. I’m not surprised.”
Democrat Biden laughed at Trump’s attacks. But at times, it also seemed to annoy him.
“The fact is, everything he’s said so far is just a lie,” Biden said. “I’m not here to point out his lies. Everyone knows he’s a liar.”
Wallace asked Trump not to interrupt Biden.
“Do you guys have any idea what this clown is doing?” Biden said.
At one point, the democratic nominee was so outraged that President Trump was constantly interrupting him that he sharply demanded: “Will you shut up, boy?”
During a discussion of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans, Biden mocked President Trump’s suggestion earlier this year that people could inject disinfectants to prevent COVID-19.
“This is the same person who told you that by Easter, it will all be gone, that thanks to the warm weather, it will disappear miraculously, like a miracle,” Biden said, suggesting that Trump can’t be trusted. “And, by the way, that you can introduce a little cleaning agent and it will help.”
“It was said with sarcasm, and you know it,” Trump responded immediately. “It was sarcasm.”
The President said his administration had “done a wonderful job” in fighting the pandemic.
“We have dressing gowns. We have masks. We made ventilators, and you wouldn’t have made them. Now only a few weeks separate us from the vaccine,” Trump said after Biden noted that although the US is home to only about 4 percent of the world’s population, they account for about 20 percent of coronavirus deaths.
Trump said that the situation in the country would have been much more complicated than the 200,000 deaths and more than 7 million cases of COVID-19 infection if Biden had been President.
“You would never have done the work we did. You don’t have it in your blood,” Trump said, referring to Biden.
Trump’s strategy appears to have been to portray Biden as a career politician who made mistakes during the 47 years he was a Senator and Vice President.
“The people understand,” he told Biden,” that you haven’t done anything in 47 years.”
Biden, in turn, tried to portray Trump as incompetent on the issues of the pandemic, health care, and everything else.
“The President doesn’t have a plan,” Biden said, repeating the idea several times.
In his relentless attacks, Trump called Biden a “socialist,” accusing him of serving the left-wing of his party and repeatedly trying to drown out the former Vice President and moderator with his voice.
Even the opponents ‘ intelligence was under attack.
“Did you use the word ‘smart’? Trump told Biden, questioning his academic success. “Don’t even use the word ‘smart’ when talking to me.”
“Oh, come on!” Biden responded, saying Trump had shown less than good leadership.
Moderator Wallace seemed to have summed up the discussion when he remarked: “Gentlemen, do you understand what you are saying at the same time?”