The first US presidential debate quickly devolved from friendly greetings to chaos as Democratic challenger Joe Biden struggled to make his points while being interrupted incessantly by President Donald Trump.
At one point, as Biden tried to evade a question from moderator Chris Wallace as to whether he would support adding more slots to the Supreme Court and eliminating the Senate filibuster rule if Democrats regain control, Trump badgered him with interruptions.
“Whatever position I take on that, that will become the issue,” Biden said. “The issue is the American people should speak. You should go out and vote. You’re in voting now. Vote and let your senators know how you feel.”
“Are you going to pack the court,”Trump interjected, before chirping: “He doesn’t want to answer that question.”
“I’m not going to answer the question,” Biden said.
When Trump again tried to interrupt again, suggesting that the Democrats would add “radical left” judges to the court, Biden lost his temper.
“Will you shut up man?” Biden said, his voice rising.
The debate turned into an all-out and personal brawl as they raced through issues from a Supreme Court vacancy to the coronavirus pandemic to the US health care system.
“Everything he´s saying so far is simply a lie. I´m not here to call out his lies. Everybody knows he´s a liar,” former vice president Biden said.
Biden taking on a feisty, aggressive tone despite Trump´s taunts that he had low energy then told the US president: “Will you shut up, man?”
“It´s hard to get a word in with this clown,” Biden snapped at one point.