The long-awaited first presidential debate for the 2020 elections has just aired on TV, marking a historically loud confrontation between two US presidential candidates. However, the shouting during the 90-minute meeting between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is not the main takeaway from the event.
In the debate between the Republican nominee and the current US President against the democratic runner, who served as US Vice President between 2008-2016, was full of surprising and jaw-dropping moments, especially as the two men went after each other, interrupted each other's sentences sometimes disrespectfully.
1. Biden Spoke Arabic
For Middle Eastern viewers watching the American debate, Arabic speakers couldn't just let go of the fact that Biden used an Arabic phrase to mock the president's promise to release his tax papers soon, a promise he has failed to achieve for several years now.
Best moment of #Debate2020 /yelling fest, is Joe Biden dropping Arabic word “Inshallah” (God willing).— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) September 30, 2020
When Trump said “you’ll get to see” his taxes, Biden: “when? inshallah”(meaning never) pic.twitter.com/6J18Rgn4pL
Sarcastically, Biden interrupted Donald Trump saying: "When? Inshallah?" in reference to the Arabic word that roughly translates into "God willing" but often used by Arabic speakers as to say "maybe never."
my mother: go clean your room— Marwa Fatafta مروة (@marwasf) September 30, 2020
me: ok will do
Biden: when? INSHALLAH?
2. Biden told Trump to "Shut up" and called him "a clown"
Despite keeping a calm tone for the most part, the former VP lost his temper as Trump interrupted him while talking about whether or not Biden was willing to support adding justices to the Supreme Court before the November elections or "ending the filibuster in case he became the president."
As Pres. Trump repeatedly interrupts Joe Biden, Biden says, "Will you shut up, man?"— ABC News (@ABC) September 30, 2020
"That was really a productive segment, wasn't it?" Biden says sarcastically. "Keep yappin', man." https://t.co/5Bl4Ob3O2t #Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/XvNahLC1Rm
Furious at the president's constant interruption, Biden attacked Trump saying "will you shut up man?" before adding "It's hard to get anywhere with this clown."
3. Joe Biden said he doesn't support the Green New Deal
In a surprising statement that might cost him the young and the progressive vote, the former VP said that he doesn't support the proposed legislation focused on climate change and economic inequality in the United States.
Yet, online people fact-checked Biden's statement by checking his campaign's website, where it says that the candidate "believes the Green New Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face."
4. Donald Trump refused to condemn White Supremacy
Trump deflected an opportunity to condemn white supremacists during the presidential debate, briefly telling the right-wing Proud Boys group to ‘stand back and stand by’ before pivoting to attacking left-wing activists https://t.co/STRRTAVMi7 #Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/6uk0HRxF0a— Reuters (@Reuters) September 30, 2020
Responding to Fox News' Chris Wallace's question on whether he condemns white supremacy or not, citing right-wing militias, Donald Trump blamed the violence on left-wing groups and named ANTIFA specifically. The president then addressed the "Proud Boys" group asking them to "stand back and stand by."
5. Donald Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power
By the end of the 90-minute debate between the two candidates, the moderator asked both nominees whether they "commit to a peaceful transition of power or not," President Trump avoided answering with a Yes or a No, saying that “This is not going to end well [...] this is going to be a fraud like you’ve never seen.”
??? We've caught them all. We've got it all on tape! pic.twitter.com/HUwC8wQI9L— Kim Runner ★★★ (@kimrunner) September 30, 2020
Trump also continued saying that the democrats never committed to a peaceful transition of power when he won the 2016 elections, citing their several attempts to impeach him, calling it "an attempted coup."
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