President Donald Trump and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden face controversial issues such as the Supreme Court and the coronavirus pandemic in their first debate.
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President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden embroiled in the government's response to thePandemic and other issues as the two White House candidates met in a chaotic and chaotic debate on Tuesday night.
Biden, the Democratic candidate for the presidency, attacked the Trump administration's response to the deadly disease that killed more than 200,000 Americans. Biden said Trump ignored advice from experts and lied to the American people in order to hide the severity of the health crisis.
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"The president has no plan," said Biden during a heated exchange. "He didn't lay out anything."
Trump countered that a vaccine would soon be available, calculating that the death toll from the disease would have been worse if the former vice president had been responsible.
"If we had listened to you, the country would have remained wide open," said Trump, directing his statement to Biden. "Millions of people would have died, not 200,000."
The unusually sharp exchange set the tone for an already strange debate, the rules of which were influenced by the ongoing pandemic. The debate was held in front of a small in-person audience estimated at 75 people, all of whom were tested for the virus prior to attending the event. Trump and Biden's campaigns agreed not to shake hands and to forego the traditional greeting. However, none of the candidates wore a mask.
TheHowever, other issues such as race relations, climate change, the Supreme Court and electoral integrity were on the agenda. Technology policy was not discussed.
Throughout the campaign, Biden has criticized Trump's handling of the virus. In interviews with Bob Woodward, Trump admitted that he deliberately downplayed the severity of COVID-19 to avoid panic. Biden had previously said the comments were evidence that Trump "knowingly and willingly lied about the threat it posed to the country for months". He also characterized the statements as "almost criminal".
Polls show that most Americans disapprove of Trump's response to the pandemic.
Racial relations were another key issue that was highlighted in the debate. TheNationwide protests against systemic racism sparked. Other murders, including those of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, and Daniel Prude in Rochester, New York, have further fueled protests across the country. Protests against the deaths were who used the demand for racial justice to kindle the flames of hatred.
Trump has focused on the violence associated with some protests, calling himself the "law and order president". Biden has described Trump's words and actions as promoting segregation and inciting violence. Biden has called for police reform and racial justice.
But when Trump was asked if he would denounce white supremacy, he avoided the problem. Instead, he instructed a far-right group, the Proud Boys, to "step down, stand by".
The vacant position at the US Supreme Court, the leading liberal at court, was also a key element of the date. On Saturday, Trump nominated Conservative Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ginsburg's seat. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has promised to get Barrett's approval by the end of the year.
As the devastating fire season continues in the west, Trump and Biden have been asked about climate change. In particular, Trump was asked if he believed that climate change was the cause of the raging forest fires. Trump acknowledged that human activities had played a role "to some extent" but blamed poor forest management for the flames. He accused Biden of supporting the Green New Deal, a sweeping proposal from the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. Biden has not expressed support for the plan.
In response, Biden reiterated that he did not support the Green New Deal and emphasized the need for renewable energy as it was good for the environment and the economy. He also promised to re-include the US in the Paris Climate Agreement, which the US withdrew under Trump. Technical executives, including Apple's Tim Cook, Tesla's Elon Musk, and Microsoft's Satya Nadella, have.
The debate was a hot topic on Twitter, where unsurprisingly, it was a trending topic. The social network said it was reviewing content such as hashtags and accounts that might break its rules through a combination of human and automated review. Twitter, as well as YouTube, streamed the debate through its US election hub.