The first presidential debate got heated right from the start when Joe Biden called the president as a “liar” and a “clown” and repeatedly called on him to “shut up,” according to Fox News.
“Would you shut up, man?” Biden said to Trump, calling him “unpresidential.”
Later, Biden cut Trump off again, saying: “Will he just shush for a minute?”
Trump took the heat and reciprocated in a witty, but damning manner.
“You graduated the lowest in your class,” Trump said to Biden, after he said the president should become “smart” with the coronavirus pandemic.
“Don’t ever use the word smart with me,” Trump said. “Nothing smart about you Joe.”
The president, when asked about his campaign rallies, said that Biden doesn’t hold events because “nobody shows up to his events.”
“People want to hear what I have to say,” Trump said.
“Because you weren’t president screwing things up,” Biden said. “You’re the worst president America has ever had.”
Trump fired back saying: “My family lost a fortune by helping us come work with government.”
“This is not about my family or his family its about your family,” Biden said, pointing to the camera. “He doesn’t want to talk about what you need, the American people, it’s about you. That’s who we’re talking about here.”
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The first showdown, which took place Tuesday night in Cleveland, Ohio and was moderated by “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace, heated up quickly as Trump and the former vice president traded personal barbs as they fielded questions on ObamaCare, the Supreme Court and the coronavirus pandemic.
Leading up to the debate, sources close to the Biden campaign told Fox News that the former vice president wouldn’t engage in personal attacks or respond to any insults leveled against him by Trump.
But Biden, within the first half of the debate, slammed the president as a “liar” and a “clown” and repeatedly called on him to “shut up.”
The debate shifted to taxes. Biden vowed to repeal the “Trump tax code,” and the president cut him off questioning why he didn’t propose a better tax plan during his “47 years” in Washington.
The conversation, later, shifted to trade and foreign policy, with Biden slamming Trump on his trade deals with China.