Last night (Sept. 29), President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden faced off in the first of three presidential debates before Election Day on November 3rd.
If you were looking for substance, information, and general educational conversation, this debate wasn’t for you. Instead, we had many interruptions from the President of the United States as Fox News journalist Chris Wallace struggled to keep control as the moderator, as both sides talked over each other.
The debate tackled topics such as the COVID-19 response, the economy, climate change, white supremacy, and other topics in between.
Trump and Biden will face off two more times before Election Day. October 15, in a town hall setting, and October 22. Vice president nominees Mike Pence and Kamala Harris are scheduled to face off on October 7.
In case you missed it, here are the top 5 highlights of last night’s debate below.
Donald Trump Refuses To Denounce White Supremacy:
Chris Wallace: "Are you willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down…"
Trump: "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by! But I'll tell you what, somebody's got to do something about antifa and the left." pic.twitter.com/4vrPocKzcu
— Axios (@axios) September 30, 2020
Donald Trump Refuses To Say He Will Accept The Results In The Election:
"Will you urge your supporters to stay calm— will you pledge tonight that you will not declare victory until the election has been independently verified?"
"I am urging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully." – Trump
"Yes." – Bidenpic.twitter.com/d3gt71NdlE
— Complex (@Complex) September 30, 2020
Biden Attacks Trump On His COVID-19 Response:
Asked why each should be trusted to handle the COVID-19 crisis, Biden criticizes Trump for downplaying the pandemic: “The president has no plan.”
Trump points to his travel restrictions, efforts on ventilators, PPE and developing a vaccine. https://t.co/5Bl4Ob3O2t #Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/ACYpvFVzYL
— ABC News (@ABC) September 30, 2020
Trump & Biden outline their plans to help the climate:
When asked about climate change during the debate on Tuesday, President Trump responded with a series of false claims. Joe Biden outlined several elements of his climate plan.https://t.co/certRMaGyB pic.twitter.com/29lXEZ9xSF
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 30, 2020
Trump attacks Biden’s sons Hunter & Beau Biden:
President Trump: "Are you talking about Hunter?"
Joe Biden: "I'm talking about my son Beau Biden!"
President Trump: "I don't know Beau. I know Hunter."#Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/PVOU7exo0Y
— The Hill (@thehill) September 30, 2020
Watch the full debate below: