President Donald Trump has blasted a report that the Commission on Presidential Debates will add new tools for the moderator to “maintain order.”
Repeated Interruptions During First Debate
During the first presidential debate last night, President Trump said that at times, it seemed like he was debating the moderator of the debate, Chris Wallace, more than he was Joe Biden.
Both candidates talked over each other, and Wallace lost control from the get-go.
Trump to Wallace: “First of all I guess I’m debating you not him”. pic.twitter.com/wrbOJrLXMP
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 30, 2020
At one point during the debate, Trump and Wallace, sans Biden, spent around 60 seconds straight debating his response to the coronavirus pandemic, with Wallace noting that President Trump has had disagreements with his own response team.
At another point, Trump pressed Biden into whether he is in favor of packing the Supreme Court.
“Would you shut up man?” Biden snapped back at the President, later describing him as a “clown” for his repeated interruptions.
As Pres. Trump repeatedly interrupts Joe Biden, Biden says, "Will you shut up, man?"
— ABC News (@ABC) September 30, 2020
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New Tools Coming To “Maintain Order”
The Commission on Presidential Debates on Wednesday responded to the inability of Wallace to properly control the debate without behaving in a biased manner, revealing that they are planning on adding new “tools to maintain order” to the next debates.
In a statement, the Commission said that the first debate “made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues.”
It intends to “ensure that additional tools to maintain order are in place for the remaining debates,” and that it is “carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly.”
Trump: “Try Getting A New Anchor!”
Responding to the Commission, President Trump placed the blame for the failure of the debates squarely in the hands of Chris Wallace and Joe Biden themselves.
“Try getting a new Anchor and a smarter Democrat candidate,” Trump tweeted.
Try getting a new Anchor and a smarter Democrat candidate! https://t.co/B9heSVV1OJ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2020
This opinion was shared by a number of conservative commentators, who slammed Wallace’s behavior.
Attorney Harmeet Dhillon called Wallace a “disgrace,” adding that “Republicans need to stop allowing the slanted media to have any role in debates in future years.”
Chris Wallace is a disgrace. Republicans need to stop allowing the slanted media to have any role in debates in future years.
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) September 30, 2020
Donald Trump Jr, the President’s son, appeared on Fox to give his analysis after the debate, and said that even though Wallace is a “Fox guy… he’s no conservative.”
“He’s a not a centrist either,” Don Jr added.
Don Jr. knocks Chris Wallace, telling @SeanHannity, "I understand he is a fox guy, but he's no conservative. He's no centrist either."
Hannity doesn't offer a word of defense for his colleague. pic.twitter.com/tNKgYOgJbl
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) September 30, 2020
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