Last night was the first of three planned presidential debates in the 2020 election and it was… something else.
Going into the debate, we knew it was gonna be bad, but somehow it was even worse than we imagined.
Most of the problems had to do with Donald Trump, who spend the bulk of the 90 minutes interrupting, shouting, deflecting, and flat-out lying about everything from election fraud to campaign “spying” to some nonsense about mail-in ballots being found in creeks.
Among the evening’s worst moments were…
- Donald Trump interrupting Joe Biden while he was talking about his dead son, Beau, to call Biden’s other son, Hunter, a drug addict.
- Donald Trump calling racial sensitivity training “racist.”
- Donald Trump telling Joe Biden he wasn’t “smart.”
- Donald Trump repeatedly needing to be asked to please follow the debate rules.
- Donald Trump issuing a call to arms to white supremacists, specifically the Proud Boys, telling them to remain on “stand by.”
Most people agree that it was an embarrassing night for Trump, the United States of America, and democracy, in general. Among the words being used to describe it are “chaotic,” “disorderly,” “messy,” and “the worst debate in history.”
Or, as CNN’s Dana Bash succinctly put it, a “sh*t show.”
While discussing the debate with Jake Tapper afterwards, Tapper said, “the American people lost tonight, because that was horrific.” To which Bash replied, “You just took the words out of my mouth.”
She continued, “You used some high-minded language. I’m just gonna say it like it is. That was a sh*t show.”
— Evan Semones (@evansemones) September 30, 2020
Bash quickly followed up the remark by apologizing for being crude, but “we’re on cable, we can say that.”
Most of Twitter seems to agree…
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) September 30, 2020
“That was a shitshow,” says CNN’s Dana Bash, accurately describing what we all just saw.
— Jason Lynch (@jasonlynch) September 30, 2020
CNN’s Dana Bash just called this debate a “shit show.” She wasn’t cursing. She was just stating a fact.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) September 30, 2020
— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) September 30, 2020
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) September 30, 2020
“That was a shitshow.” – @DanaBashCNN
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) September 30, 2020
Dana Bash just said “shitshow” on tv and she couldn’t be more right.
— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) September 30, 2020
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) September 30, 2020
The next presidential debate is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 15.