The two spoke about a number of topics — from the coronavirus pandemic to racial injustice to the economy.
Of course, the debate wasn’t without liveliness. Trump spoke heavily over Biden, while Biden played a more relaxed style throughout the night. Biden stumbled through a few of his answers. Trump hammered Biden on his record as well.
Social media rolled its eyes and expressed its opinion with what happened during the debate’s first night. We’ve rounded up a slew of reactions, which you can read below.
That was a relatively easy debate to fact check because the president has made the vast majority of these false claims before.— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 30, 2020
Gotta have power to cut the mics in the Presidential debates— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) September 30, 2020
That hour and a half was the longest week of my life— Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings) September 30, 2020
I'm not sure why trying to fight the debate to a messy, unwatchable draw is supposed to be a good strategy for Trump when he's 7 points behind in the polls.— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) September 30, 2020
Trump threatening to light the country on fire if he doesn't win. This is so so so dangerous.— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) September 30, 2020
I cannot believe we just gave the president 3 minutes on national television to try to undermine American confidence in election, with no evidence or basis. It makes me sick.— Addisu Demissie (@ASDem) September 30, 2020