Invectives, taunts, personal attacks: the first debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden on Tuesday offered a particularly chaotic spectacle. Democratic candidate Joe Biden has notably shown his exasperation with his rival, calling him a “clown”.
Gathered Tuesday evening in Cleveland for the first of three televised debates scheduled before the US presidential election on November 3, Donald Trump and Joe Biden clashed on several central themes, including the coronavirus epidemic and policing.
“You are the worst president the United States has ever had,” said Joe Biden, former US vice president, against his rival who is seeking re-election in 35 days.
“There is nothing intelligent in you”, for his part launched Donald Trump, in bad shape in the polls, who hoped for a misstep from his rival which did not take place.
Joe Biden stressed that Donald Trump had “no plan” to manage the coronavirus health crisis in the United States, still ensuring “not to trust him at all” in terms of vaccination.
On several occasions, Joe Biden was exasperated to be regularly cut by his rival during his interventions, slipping even “it is difficult to place a word with this clown”. “Sorry, that person,” he immediately corrected himself.
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The tenant of the White House for his part tried to portray his opponent as a puppet of the “radical left”, whether on health, safety or the climate.
But the former vice-president of Barack Obama, whose fighting spirit raised questions, held the shock in this face-to-face. With his eyes fixed on the camera, he regularly called Americans to witness, calling on them to go to the polls to avoid “four more years of lies”.
“We have learned a lot but he wants to shut down the economy,” Donald Trump said of the Democrat, adding that in such an event “more people are going to be hit by a shutdown.”
The outgoing president assured that he had to be re-elected because no president had done so much for the USA. “There has never been any administration that has done as much as I have done,” said Donald Trump, pointing to the economy, national security and the appointment of conservative judges in his country.
Moderator Chris Wallace was forced to reframe the debate by raising the tone after an hour of heated discussions between the two men. He urged the candidates to stick to two minutes of uninterrupted speaking and move on to another topic, that of racial tensions in the United States.
During this segment, Joe Biden considered that Donald Trump was “racist”. “He is a president who has used everything to try to stir up racist hatred, racist division” in his country, Joe Biden said, adding that “there is a systemic injustice in this country.”
>> The debate followed by Eric Guevara-Frey, journalist and producer of @RTSmonde
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