The first of three debates between incumbent Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden was a fierce fracas that left most of the rules and portions of reality behind almost from the jump. “Will you shut up, man?” Biden exclaimed to the petulant former Celebrity Apprentice host’s incessant interruptions, and that was just in the first half-hour.
“There’s nothing smart about you Joe,” Trump replied later, in what was not exactly Lincoln vs Douglas, if you know what we mean? In fact, don’t be surprised if this first debate between Trump and Biden is the last one.
With Trump going full self-induced dumpster fire, refusing to condemn white supremacy and predicting a “fraudulent election,” Tuesday’s debate in Cleveland was a spotlight on a bitterly divided America that was a contrast in candidates.