Inappropriate and Childish: A young person’s view on the first Presidential Debate


Shannon Studts, Staff Writer

President Donald J. Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden engaged in the first 2020 U.S Presidential Debate on September 29th, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio to share their ideas and campaign platforms with the citizens of the U.S. The debate was moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News. 

And the debate was, frankly, a hot mess. There were inappropriate interruptions left and right, and as the debate went on, it became more and more similar to a child bullying another child into giving him his lunch money. The gentlemen failed to address anything the public wanted to know, and the interactions quickly regressed into plain insults.

Debate moderator Chris Wallace struggled to get President Trump to stop talking during the Vice President’s two minutes, and after one segment, the VP sarcastically remarked, That was really a productive segment, wasn’t it? Keep yapping, man.” Although Biden was probably justified in saying this because of the constant bullying statements, it was still inappropriate and it set off the president, leading to more boorish behavior on Trump’s part later in the debate.

Let’s cover some of the statistics: Trump interrupted Biden 57 times. Biden interrupted Trump 29 times. Trump personally attacked Biden 12 times- one attack being aimed at Biden’s son for having drug problems. Biden personally attacked Trump 10 times- once calling him, “the worst president the US has ever seen.” Trump argued with the moderator 25 times, and the moderator told him to stop talking 24 times.

How about some major points of interest? President Trump was asked to denounce white supremacy. He told the group Prøud Bøys to “stand back and stand by.” The group took this as an endorsement from Trump, and officially added the quote to their website. When asked about climate change, Joe Biden said that he did not support the Green New Deal, contrary to what is on his official website.

As a young child watching a Presidential debate for the first time, I can confidently say that that was embarrassing and that the candidates both acted like children. 

Though Vice President Biden won the debate, the American people did not.