‘Will You Shut Up, Man?’- 2020 Presidential Debate


As the 2020 election creeps upon us, many Americans are starting to realize the importance of their vote. This year, politicians are preparing for possibly the largest voter turnout in over half a century. Many teenagers are becoming advocates and expressing their opinions openly while they watch their country turn to negativity and hatred instead of optimism and unity. Together, people across the nation, of all different genders and ages, came together to watch the first presidential debate in order to determine the best fit candidate. In case you missed it, here are some key points from the 2020 presidential debate.

The first presidential debate on September 29, 2020, consisted of 90 minutes uninterrupted by commercials. This debate was meant to be composed of six pre-announced topics such as, “Covid-19,” “The Trump and Biden records,” “The Economy,” “The Supreme Court,” “The Integrity of the Election,” and “Race and Violence within our Cities.” These topics were introduced by Chris Wallace, the acting moderator, but no solid policies were declared as President Trump and Former VP Joe Biden spoke disruptively over each other.

Throughout the debate, moderator Chris Wallace contested to keep the candidates under control and well reformed, occasionally speaking out of turn himself.  As Wallace asked both Trump and Biden questions on these topics, he had to continually remind President Trump to not speak out of turn as his campaign did agree to two minutes uninterrupted for the beginning of each topic. Wallace then bellowed, “I hate to raise my voice, but why should I be different than the two of you!” as both candidates spoke over each other. Later in the segment, Chris Wallace made a bold move by pointing to the President and sarcastically voicing, “You know sir, If you want to switch seats we could very quickly can do that.”

Although the topics were answered as generalized statements so to speak, the candidates had their time to answer to the best of their abilities.

Covid-19: Biden was quick to call the President out as doing a terrible and disorganized job of treating the pandemic. Trump countered those statements saying the United States would have been worse off if under the Biden administration.

The Trump and Biden Records: Joe Biden stated his plan to create more American jobs through investment in alternative energy. Trump then accused Biden of lying, stating he was promoting the Green New Deal. Biden then struck back by saying he did not support the deal, drawing the attention of many democratic partners as he had expressed his full support in previous interviews.

The Economy: The question asked was whether or not the economy would have a V-shaped recovery or a K-shaped recovery. Trump kept his previous statements about the economy recovering nicely in a V-shaped form and will continue to do so until the end of the pandemic and so forth. Biden disagreed and said that was not the case in this country.

The Supreme Court: Biden conveyed his opinion that the 2020 voters should make the decision of who would fill the recently opened seat on the Supreme Court of the late woman’s rights activist Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who helped shape this nation’s opinions on the importance of females in this society. Donald Trump argued that the 2016 voters had already decided and recalled a quote by the late Justice from 2016 stating, “Nothing in the Constitution prevents a president from nominating to fill a court seat. That’s their job. There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the President stops being president in his last year.”  This quote contradicts her final statement in which,  National Public Radio’s Nina Totenberg, revealed ‘Just days before her death, as her strength waned, Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

Integrity of the Election: Former Vice president Joe Biden spoke directly into the camera to the American people and told them their vote matters while President Trump professed ideas on widespread voter fraud through mail-in voting but could not support his allegation.

Race and Violence within our Cities: Trump considers himself as uniting the American people and that the increase in crime in a number of cities throughout the U.S. is a result of the policies of Democratic mayors. Wallace pointed out that this increase happened even in cities with Republican mayors in which Trump falsely stated New York City as being under a Republican mayor. Biden said that while he emphatically does not support defunding the police, contradicting previous statements yet again, he thinks the solution to crime and racial strife is community policing.

In conclusion, as said by CNN’s Jake Topper, “That was a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck.” Both candidates were unprofessional, as well as Chris Wallace, and rude while individually, President Trump was insulting as well as hot-tempered as he poked at Biden’s previously drug-addicted son, and Former VP Biden was unprepared and vulgar as he shouted the now meme, “Will you just shut up, Man!” in the middle of Trump’s time spoken.