US presidential debate: 3 takeaways from 1st matchup between Trump and Biden

US presidential debate: 3 takeaways from 1st matchup between Trump and Biden

It was a typically tensed atmosphere in Ohio as President Donald Trump and his Democratic party challenger, former vice president Joe Biden met face-to-face in their first presidential debate ahead of the United States election.

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The debate, which was held in Cleaveland on Wednesday, September 29, was hosted and moderated by Fox New's Chris Wallace.

Surprisingly, President Trump pulled the stunts on both his opponent and the moderator in a bid to hold the spotlight from the historical matchup while Biden also fired back in a debate grossly characterised by personal attacks and name-callings.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng highlights major 3 takeaways from the presidential debate.

US presidential debate: 3 takeaways from 1st matchup between Trump and Biden
The first of the three presidential debates was held in Cleaveland, Ohio between Trump and Biden. Credit: Reuters.
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1. Too much of insults and personal attacks

Although the debate was majorly on policy discussion, Trump made several attempts to be the cynosure of the matchup, trying to cut down his challenger Biden.

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The debate split-screen regularly showed Trump and Biden talking simultaneously while the moderator pleaded for peace and order.

"Will you shut up, man? Keep yapping, man," Biden snapped at Trump on several occasions while trying to interrupt the president, especially when the conversation was drawn toward the appointment of the new judges and replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

But before then, Trump had attacked Biden while also refusing to answer some question from Wallace.

2. "Stand back and stand by" - Trump backs White Supremacist groups

Trump's controversial racial posturing was clearly projected as the president didn’t condemn the White supremacist groups in the US when asked about race relation.

Instead, Trump urged a violent, far-right group to “stand by” during a heated exchange with Joe Biden.

And when Biden suggested the Proud Boys, a far-right neo-fascist organization, Trump said they should “stand back and stand by,” meaning their action is supported.

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His response is a clear attack on the ongoing agitation in the US over draconian policy on migration, and of course racial prejudice.

3. Trump's taxes payment

Prior to the debate, there has been heightened conversation on Trump not paying taxes, with the New York Times, a strong media in the US, claiming that the president has been evading taxes.

The newspaper had reported that Trump's tax returns showed only a $750 payment in each year, but responding to the allegation, the president claimed he paid "millions of dollars", adding that "you’ll get to see it.”

The US election will hold November 3, 2020, with Trump and Biden eyeing the Oval Office in a race many political analysts have said will be historical in the country's history.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that former president Barack Obama called for massive support for Joe Biden, the opposition party's presidential hopeful.

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Speaking on Wednesday, August 19, on the third day of the 2020 Democratic National Convention which featured "a must-see lineup of former and presidential hopeful", Obama berated the administration of Trump for taking numerous unconscious approaches that pitched government against the people.

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