This story is part of, CNET’s coverage of the November vote and its aftermath.
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden first presidential debate started at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland on Tuesday evening. Fox News Sunday moderator Chris Wallace struggled to maintain order As the candidates fought for 90 straight minutes for their records, the moment of Trump’s Supreme Court candidate, the , the economy, race and violence in the cities and the integrity of the election.the minute 2020 is chaotic
Resentment has reached such heights that on Wednesday the committee overseeing the general election debates between the presidential and vice-presidential candidates says he will change the format of the two remaining presidential debates.
A night of fighting
It didn’t take long for the contestants to start interrupting and talking to each other, with viewers quickly comparing the event to the infamous fights and finger points that take place on the Real Housewives reality TV franchise, in particular. during the reunion.
“This is ridiculous,” wrote one Twitter user. “These two are worse than a real housewife fight.”
What is worse?
Others have tried to think of other things that could be considered worse than the chaos that unfolds in real time. “I had a car accident, it’s worse,” wrote one Twitter user.
The greatest mask of all time
Of course, the coronavirus outbreak sparked heated debate, with Biden accusing the president of not doing enough to protect the country, and the president said at one point that Biden “is showing up with the biggest mask I have ever seen. ‘ve never seen “. The mask’s comment particularly caught the attention of social media commentators.
“Where can I order the biggest mask you’ve ever seen? Asked a Twitter user.
In one of the many turbulent moments, Biden turned to the president and asked, “Do you want to shut up, man?” And this sentence took off on social networks.
Even the president’s former opponent, Hillary Clinton, weighed in.
Where is Zoom when you need it?
Many viewers compared the night to an uncontrollable Zoom meeting in desperate need of a mute button.
“10 dollars that Chris Wallace asks that the next debate be on Zoom so he can hit the mute button,” wrote one Twitter user.
An instant poll by CNET’s partner site CBS News showed that the vast majority of viewers, 83%, found the tone of the debate negative, with the most common reaction being annoyance, according to the survey. It’s fair to say that the reaction to the unprecedented evening from some media commentators was equally unprecedented.
CNN host Jake Tapper didn’t hold back. “It was a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck. It was the worst debate I have ever seen,” he said. he declared on the network after the debate. “In fact, it wasn’t even a debate. It was a shame.”
CNN’s Dana Bash added, “I’m just going to say it the way it is. It was a shit show.”
Tuesday’s debate is the first of three, with the next event happening on October 15 in Miami, and the third and final presidential debate on October 22 in Nashville. A Vice Presidential Debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris is scheduled for October 7 in Salt Lake City.
“I can’t believe there are two more,” wrote comedian and political commentator Bill Maher. “It’s like doing a sequel to Cats.”