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‘Knew it was going to be bad…’: Jokes and memes that summed up first US Presidential Debate

In the most tumultuous presidential debate in recent times, netizens agreed it was hard to hear either Donald Trump or Joe Biden speak.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 1, 2020 5:40:34 pm
US Presidential Debate, Presidential debate 2020, donald trump, Joe Biden, trump biden presidential debate, biden trump debate memes, US Presidential elections, 2020 US Presidential election memes, viral news, trending news, indian expressAmericans were largely disappointed with the first Presidential Debate and demanded some changes for the next two.

After more than a year of circling each other, Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden finally met on the debate stage Tuesday night in Ohio. However, the first debate between the duo deteriorated into bitter taunts and near chaos as Trump repeatedly interrupted his opponent with angry — and personal — jabs, with Biden even asking his opponent to ‘shut up’. The chaotic debate saw many share sarcastic memes and jokes about the experience of watching the debate.

In the most tumultuous presidential debate in recent times, netizens agreed it was hard to hear either of the candidates speak, with constant interruptions and even the moderator struggling to keep both in check. There were plenty of bingo and drinking games played as people waited for something substantial to be discussed.

Many said that they expected the debate to be bad but it had exceeded their expectations. Many shared GIFs and memes to indicate how they felt after the debate.

Here’s some of the events that got everyone talking online:

‘It was anything but debate’

Mic muting should be introduced

Others wanted a new protocol for future debates so that a candidates mic is muted after they’ve spoken.

Sympathies for Moderator Wallace

Many felt bad for the debate’s moderator Fox News host Chris Wallace having to deal with the chaos. Some compared him with an elementary or kindergarten teacher, while others hoped he “didn’t end up in therapy”.

The debate may have started with civility but had devolved into a series of endless interruptions in 15 minutes. Biden, seemingly unable to complete a sentence, at one point, blurted out, “Will you shut up, man?”

On stage, Trump refused to condemn white supremacists who have supported him, telling one such group known as Proud Boys to “stand back, stand by.” There were also heated clashes over the president’s handling of the pandemic, the integrity of the election results, deeply personal attacks about Biden’s family and how the Supreme Court will shape the future of the nation’s healthcare.

[with inputs from AP]

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