The first of three debates ahead of the US elections were held between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden on Wednesday. The two argued over a range of topics from the vacant Supreme Court seat, the Covid-19 pandemic, the ongoing protests against racial inequality, climate change and, mail-in ballots.
One of the key highlights of the debate was Biden’s response to the US president’s constant interruption. Trump repeatedly referred to Biden as a “socialist,” and accused him of catering to the left-wing of his party. To this, his opponent agitatedly responded with, “Will you shut up, man?” Trump was also asked by former vice president and moderator Chris Wallace to allow Biden to speak.
Biden was called out for his son, Hunter Biden’s alleged Ukraine links. On the other hand, Trump was questioned over a New York Times report that alleged that he paid only $750 in taxes in the first two years of his presidency.
On being asked about white supremacy, trump said, “I’m willing to do anything to see peace. Somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and left-wing groups.”
Additionally, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield informed sources that Biden’s campaign raised $3.8 million within an hour of the presidential debate. This marked a record for the highest single-hour funds ever collected.
Joe Biden further accused Trump of being the worst president the country has ever had.
“Under this president, we’ve become weaker, sicker, poorer and more divided and more violent,” he said.
The US elections are set to be held on November 3. The next debate will take place on October 15, followed by one on October 22. The debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris will be held on October 7.