First presidential debate: All aboard the hot mess express


Rae Weinstein

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden debate for the first time on Sept. 29.

The first presidential debate will go down in history as the worst debate this country has ever seen. It was nothing short of a disaster. “That was a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a trainwreck,” CNN’s Jake Tapper said.

Watching President Donald Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden debate was like watching a bully yell at another kid on the playground while the substitute teacher (this role was filled by moderator Chris Wallace) has no control. Both parties agreed prior to the debate for each candidate to have two uninterrupted minutes. However, this rule didn’t seem to exist with Trump interrupting Biden a total of 10 times in a span of three minutes.

It was crazy and the grown men acted like kindergarteners.”

— Ella Lizando

Personal attacks were launched during this debate more than there should have been. Trump talked negatively about both Biden’s sons, one of whom is no longer alive. Biden also had to defend his other son, who has overcome a drug problem, from attacks from Trump.

Trump often would shake his head and start yelling whenever he disagreed with something Biden said. When Biden disagreed, most of the time, (emphasis on most) instead of interrupting, Biden would stand there smirking and shaking his head. For reasons still unknown, I found this extremely funny.

When he was interrupted by Trump while talking about Supreme Court justices Biden finally said what most of us were thinking: “Would you shut up, man?”

When talking about COVID-19, Trump pulled a mask out of his pocket, and proceeded to make fun of Biden for wearing a mask even when away from people. “He could be speaking 200 feet away from it, and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen,” Trump said.

Biden was trying his best to answer the questions and explain his plans through Trump’s interruptions, though he often failed. This was something that Trump couldn’t do. He was frequently asked about his healthcare plan, which he never seemed to explain.

In addition to all the interruptions and his inability to provide a specific healthcare plan, Trump also refused to denounce white supremacy. “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by,” said Trump.

Biden often turned to the camera to directly address the country rather than speaking to Trump. Speaking to the camera gave him a more effective way to get his message across. He was strongest when it came to issues like COVID-19 and the economy.

Now, I can’t speak for everyone, but personally, while watching this debate, I wanted to throw something at the TV.

Sophomore Ella Lizando said “It was crazy and the grown men acted like kindergarteners.”

After the debate several undecided voters were asked if the debate changed any of their opinions. Many of them thought that the debate was a disaster and didn’t clear anything up for them.

The next debate will be on October 22 at 9:00 pm.