U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participating in the first debate (File Photo, Image credit: Livemint)

Trump, Biden first ever debate hits new low

US President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden kicked off the election campaign with a heated exchange of words in their first ever debate of this election season, with the latter calling the former ‘clown’ as well as a liar and a racist and yelling him to ‘shut up’. On the other hand, Trump interrupted almost every time Biden spoke so much that the Democratic nominee could hardly answer the queries posed to him by the moderator, Chris Wallace of Fox News.

The 90-minute debate between the two candidates unraveled a level of bitter contempt between them which was unheard of in the recent political history of the United States. This can be gauged from the barbs that Mr. Biden made to the President during the debate. He said: “You’re the worst president America has ever had.” The Democrat party has been severely critical of the economic policies followed by the Republican administration and the continuing attacks on the Blacks and other minorities during the past four years of Mr. Trump’s reign. Biden also blamed the President for the foreign policy disaster as well as his handling of the Corona Virus. Mr. Trump has said that a health vaccine for the Corona Virus is imminent though his chief health advisers don’t think so.

Trump hit back at Biden, referring to his career in different positions in the government: “In 47 months I’ve done more than you have in 47 years.” It needs to be mentioned that Mr. Trump has been trailing in all the recent polls as many voters who stood for him in the last election have started to back the Democrat nominee.

Biden also cited a newspaper report pointing out how little Mr. Trump has paid in taxes. He said: “This guy paid a total of $750.”

The kind of personalized attacks this election season has seen has reached a new low as many of the allegations hurled by the two contenders have not been satisfactory. Trump also spoke of Biden’s late son in a dismissive manner, an instance where the former should have shown some grace.   

The US Presidential elections are slated to be held on November 3 later this year. Two presidential debates have been left, the second one on October 15 and the third one on October 22.

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