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September 30, 2020
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“Will you shut up, man?” (Debate recap special)

In This Episode

Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan break down the lows and lower lows of the worst presidential debate in history between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

 

Show notes

 

The worst debate in history 

  • NYT: With Cross Talk, Lies and Mockery, Trump Tramples Decorum in Debate With Biden
  • WaPo: Trump sets the tone for the worst presidential debate in living memory
  • Politico: An Epic Moment of National Shame: The Debate Was an Embarrassment for the Ages
  • WaPo: Trump incessantly interrupts and insults Biden as they spar in acrimonious first debate
  • Slate: What Twitter’s Smartest Liberals and Conservatives Are Saying About the FIrst Presidential Debate 
  • FiveThirtyEight: What Went Down During the First Presidential Debate
  • Bloomberg: Trump-Biden Debate Descends Into Bickering and Chaos 
  • USA Today: ‘Will you shut up, man?’: Testy exchanges on health care, Supreme Court among debate top moments 
  • Axios: The first Trump v. Biden presidential debate was a hot mess
  •  NY Mag: That Debate Was Unwatchable 
  • The Atlantic: A Disgusting Night for Democracy
  • WaPo: 5 takeaways from the first presidential debate
  • Politico: Key moments from Trump and Biden’s first primetime showdown
  • NYT: Six Takeaways From the First Presidential Debate – It was 90 minutes of chaos in a year of upheaval. But did it matter?
  • Vox: 3 winners and 4 losers from the first 2020 presidential debate 
  • Politico: How a nearly empty room led to debate chaos 
  • Politico: The most bitter clashes from Trump and Biden’s first debate showdown
  • WaPo: I recapped ‘Game of Thrones.’ This debate was wilder. 
  • NYT: Chris Wallace Struggled to Rein In an Unruly Trump at First Debate 
  • WSJ: Chris Wallace Strains to Control Debate as Trump Flouts Rules – Fox anchor pleaded with president to allow Joe Biden the two-minute uninterrupted answers both sides had agreed to
  • Politico: Chris Wallace faces criticism for letting candidates run wild in first debate
  • WaPo: Chris Wallace tried — and failed — to control Trump. Something needs to change.
  • Politico: Why Chris Wallace Won’t Be the Trump-Slaying Moderator Liberals Crave
  • NYT: Of Course, the Debate Was Always Going to Be About Trump 
  • WaPo: Interruptions, accusations, chaos: Trump trolled the debate stage
  • WaPo: ‘Let him answer!’: Trump bulldozes his way through debate with mix of attacks, insults and falsehoods
  • WaPo: Trump incessantly interrupts and insults Biden as they spar in acrimonious first debate
  • The Atlantic: The Bully in Chief Reemerges 
  • WaPo: Trump’s baffling debate strategy was to tweet out loud for 90 minutes
  • The Atlantic – Trump’s Theory of the Debate Was All Wrong
  • Politico: Trump email says he ‘finished debating’ Biden hours before debate begins
  • NY Mag: Trump Controlled the Tone of the First Debate, but Biden Controlled the Message
  • Mother Jones – At the Debate, Biden and Trump Showed America Who They Really Are. That’s a Win for Biden
  • WaPo: Trump refused to condemn white supremacists and militia members in presidential debate marked by disputes over race 
  • NYT: Proud Boys celebrate Trump’s mention of them at the debate.
  • Vox: The emergency is happening right now 
  • Politico: Trump’s jarring white supremacist moment launches an online furor 
  • NPR: From Debate Stage, Trump Declines To Denounce White Supremacy
  • Business Insider: Biden calls Trump a ‘racist’ as they clash over Black Lives Matter protests and race relations during the first presidential debate
  • Vogue: Yes, President Trump Really Dropped a Racial Slur on Live Television Tonight 
  • The Daily Beast: Biden Ridicules Trump’s COVID Response: ‘Inject Some Bleach in Your Arm’ 
  • Vox: It’s true: 1 in 1,000 Black Americans have died in the Covid-19 pandemic
  • The Hill: Trump, Biden clash over health care as debate begins 
  • The Atlantic: Republicans Are Trapped on Preexisting Conditions
  • The Hill: Trump campaign denies asking debate moderator not to mention COVID-19 deaths 
  • NYT: Trump Announces Plan to Ship 150 Million Rapid Coronavirus Tests
  • WaPo: Trump administration’s new rapid coronavirus tests plagued by confusion and a lack of planning
  • Morning Consult: Obamacare Support Hits Record High as Supreme Court Faces Ideological Shift 
  • Vox: What Biden can do to fix Trump’s Covid-19 mess 
  • Axios: Joe Biden’s plan to make the ACA more affordable
  • Politico: The moment Trump seized on Biden’s sons 
  • USA Today – I don’t know Beau’: Trump attacks Joe Biden as former vice president reflects on late son Beau Biden
  • Vox: 3 debate moments that showed how unsuited Trump is for the presidency 

 

Post Debate Reactions 

  • CNN: Post-debate CNN poll: Six in 10 say Biden won the debate
  • CBS News: CBS News instant poll shows 48% of viewers think Biden won debate
  • Vox: The first post-debate polls say Biden won
  • WaPo: ‘Dumpster fire.’ ‘Train wreck.’ ‘A disgrace’: Horrified pundits react to the presidential debate
  • Politico: Biden tries to catch Trump with post-debate digital onslaught
  • USA Today: Trump, Biden camps declare victory after rambunctious, insult-heavy debate
  • Buzzfeed News: Even Trump Diehards Thought The Debate Was A Mess
  • WaPo: ‘Let him answer!’: Trump bulldozes his way through debate with mix of attacks, insults and falsehoods
  • NYT: Of Course, the Debate Was Always Going to Be About Trump
  • NYT: Six Takeaways From the First Presidential Debate
  • WaPo: The Daily 202: Trump faces historic gender gap heading into first debate
  • Politico: Biden campaign faces questions about whether he should skip next debates
  • Mediaite: Kamala Harris, Biden Campaign Push Back Hard Against Suggestions From Cable Hosts to Cancel Future Debates
  • WaPo: Chris Wallace tried — and failed — to control Trump. Something needs to change.
  • The Atlantic: Cancel the Debates
  • Slate: Cancel the Rest of the Debates

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