Trump vs. Biden: A not-good, really bad, historically ugly debate

Hot mess in Cleveland

If President Donald Trump thought he would put on a winning show by acting out of control, constantly interrupting both Joe Biden and moderator Chris Wallace, airing grievances and falsehoods as if reading from a string of his tweets, he pulled it off.

If Biden wants Americans to hold Trump’s behavior in contempt, he gave it all he had with words never before aimed at a president on a debate stage: “Will you shut up, man?” “Keep yapping, man.” “It’s hard to get any word in with this clown — this person.” “Everybody knows he’s a liar.” “Racist.” “Putin’s puppy.” “You’re the worst president America has ever had, c’mon.”

You didn’t need the social-distancing rules to rule out the handshakes. Even the Trump-Hillary Clinton encounters of 2016 didn’t reach these depths. “There’s nothing smart about you,” Trump said to Biden.

It won’t be known right away

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