You guessed it. We’re talking about the fallout from the first debate.
On today’s Jay Sekulow Live/The Logan Sekulow ReProgram, we talked about last night’s chaotic presidential debate in Cleveland that we’ll never forget. We were also joined by ACLJ Special Advisor for National Security and Foreign Policy Ric Grenell who gave us his take on the debate and some breaking news.
As you may have seen last night, the debate kicked off with a bang.
An interesting fact which may have been lost in all the chaos, is how exactly the chaos started. You may think that the originator was President Trump but actually the person to make the first interruption was Vice President Joe Biden. While President Trump was talking about his nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Vice President Biden felt the need to interrupt.
President Trump was saying:
Justice Ginsburg said very powerfully, very strongly, at some point 10 years ago or so, she said a President and the Senate is elected for a period of time, but a President is elected for four years. We’re not elected for three years. I’m not elected for three years. So we have the Senate, we have a President…
Then former Vice President Biden interrupted:
He’s elected to the next election…
President Trump continued:
During that period of time, we have an opening. I’m not elected for three years. I’m elected for four years. Joe, the hundred million people is totally wrong. I don’t know where you got that number. The bigger problem that you have is that you’re going to extinguish 180 million people with their private health care, that they’re very happy with.
Vice President Biden’s interruption should have gotten more attention because he was wrong. He said you’re elected until the next election. That’s now how this works. Biden should have gotten fact checked. It pretty much went off the rails from then on. But that right there was the initial takeoff point for all the interruptions and talking over each other the rest of the debate.
The truth is, while normally we expect to walk away from these debates saying that there were clear winners and losers. Or at least a pretty good idea. Sadly, that didn’t necessarily happen this time.
If there was a clear loser in this debate it was moderator Chris Wallace. I don’t think he asked one substantive question the entire time. He mostly just floated a lot of his own theoretical scenarios that seemed like attempts to trip up the President. But as a moderator, Wallace just wouldn’t take control. He would try from time to time, but failed miserably. Regardless of how the candidates came across, Chris Wallace definitely does not come out of this looking good.
The full broadcast contains much more analysis of last night’s debate from Will and myself, as well as your calls. As I mentioned, we were also joined by ACLJ Special Advisor for National Security and Foreign Policy Ric Grenell. You won’t want to miss that.
Watch the full broadcast below.
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