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2020 presidential debate: Biden asks Trump: "Are you going to shut up ?!"


Joe Biden asked Donald Trump to shut up, calling him a clown during their controversial first presidential debate Tuesday night. He struck him down when the President repeatedly interrupted his replies.

"Would you shut up, man?" Said a visibly annoyed Biden about 20 minutes into the debate after Trump interrupted him again while trying to speak on the Supreme Court.

And about 15 minutes later, during a discussion on the COVID pandemic, he said to Trump again, "Would you be silent for just a minute?"

Trying to command the stage from the start, the president repeatedly interrupted his rival to advance his point, counter Biden, and join the conversation.

It happened so often that the temperate Chris Wallace stepped in and pleaded with the President to let Biden finish his response and reprimanded

"I'm the moderator for this debate and I want you to let me ask my question and then you can answer," Wallace told Trump.

“Then go ahead,” Trump said, and later added to Wallace, “I think I'm discussing you, not him. No surprise. & # 39;

Within the first 30 minutes of the debate, Biden and Trump took turns arguing over health care, the Supreme Court and the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 90-minute showdown between the presidential candidates proved early on that it would be a knockout match.

Joe Biden asked Donald Trump to shut up, calling him a clown during their controversial first presidential debate Tuesday night. He struck him down when the President repeatedly interrupted his replies

The president tried to command the stage from the start, repeatedly interrupting his rival to advance his point, counter Biden, and join the conversation

The president tried to command the stage from the start, repeatedly interrupting his rival to advance his point, counter Biden, and join the conversation

US President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden participate in their first debate on the 2020 presidential campaign

US President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden participate in their first debate on the 2020 presidential campaign

Joe Biden started the first presidential debate with a direct attack on Donald Trump, claiming that his SCOTUS candidate Amy Coney Barrett will crush Obamacare

Melania sits in the crowd for the debate. She originally wore a white face mask but later removed it

Melania sits in the crowd for the debate. She originally wore a white face mask but later removed it

Eric Trump and Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump (R) will arrive for the first presidential debate at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio on September 29, 2020

Eric Trump and Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump (R) will arrive for the first presidential debate at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio on September 29, 2020

Members of the Trump family (L-R) Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, Tiffany Trump and Donald Trump Jr. in the audience just before US President Donald J. Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden take part in the first 2020 presidential election debate

Members of the Trump family (L-R) Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, Tiffany Trump and Donald Trump Jr. in the audience just before US President Donald J. Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden take part in the first 2020 presidential election debate

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's wife Jill arrives for the first debate of the 2020 presidential campaign of US President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden

Trump has already signaled that he won't hold anything back – hitting Biden where it hurts with attacks on his son Hunter and his mental abilities.

The Democratic candidate has practiced keeping his calm in the face of anticipated verbal punches, but is also preparing some of his own – particularly on the president's taxes.

While speaking about the importance of masks to protect against the virus, Trump defended himself for not always wearing one before making fun of Biden for wearing "the biggest mask he has ever seen".

Team Trump is prepared to be the first to pay the president's taxes after a bombshell reported in the New York Times that Trump only paid $ 750 in taxes for 2016 and 2017.

The second section looked at the Covid-19 pandemic, with Biden pointing out that Trump replied, "It is what it is," as more than 200,000 Americans have died from the deadly virus.

Biden then began with Trump praising China's handling of the pandemic in February when Trump poked fun at Biden for wearing "the biggest mask he has ever seen".

Healthcare

Pressured to unveil his health plan, Trump spoke of a Supreme Court ruling crushing Obamacare's mandate to take out insurance: "Sorry, I abolished the individual mandate," Trump said.

Wallace told him it wasn't a plan.

"This is absolutely a big deal," Trump replied.

When Trump and Biden moved on, Wallace pleaded, & # 39; Mr. President, I am moderating this debate and I want you to let me ask my question. & # 39;

Biden was determined not to be caught with just a knife in a shootout.

"You picked the wrong guy at the wrong time at the wrong time," he told Trump.

Trump accused him of risking left-wing anger by distancing himself from Sanders.

"You just lost your left," Trump said to him.

The furious attacks spread to the corona virus.

"By the way, maybe inject some bleach into your arm and that will take care of it," Biden said, mocking Trump's comments about injecting disinfectant to cure the virus.

Trump said it was said "sarcastically" – an assertion he didn't make at the time.

The two men fought over their intelligence. Calling himself a "very stable genius", Trump bragged about how well he did on a cognitive test and urged Biden to take one.

The two men fought over their intelligence. Calling himself a "very stable genius", Trump bragged about how well he did on a cognitive test and urged Biden to take one.

Team Trump is prepared to be the first to pay the president's taxes after a bombshell reported in the New York Times that Trump only paid $ 750 in taxes for 2016 and 2017.

Team Trump is prepared to be the first to pay the president's taxes after a bombshell reported in the New York Times that Trump only paid $ 750 in taxes for 2016 and 2017.

While speaking about the importance of masks to protect against the virus, Trump defended himself for not always wearing one before making fun of Biden for wearing "the biggest mask he has ever seen".

While speaking about the importance of masks to protect against the virus, Trump defended himself for not always wearing one before making fun of Biden for wearing "the biggest mask he has ever seen".

The 90-minute showdown between the presidential candidates could turn out to be a knockout match

Trump has signaled that he won't hold anything back - hitting Biden where it hurts with attacks on his son Hunter and his mental abilities

The 90-minute showdown between the presidential candidates could turn out to be a knockout match. Trump has signaled that he won't hold anything back – hitting Biden where it hurts with attacks on his son Hunter and his mental abilities

US President Donald Trump gesticulates as he participates in the first 2020 presidential campaign debate with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he participates in the first 2020 presidential campaign debate with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden

Petty spat over who's smarter

The two men fought over their intelligence. Calling himself a "very stable genius", Trump bragged about how well he did on a cognitive test and urged Biden to take one.

And when Biden said he had to get "a lot smarter" or more people were dying from COVID, Trump was quick to throw himself off.

“Did you use the word 'smart'? He said he went to the state of Delaware," he snapped at Biden. Trump went to the University of Pennsylvania. "He got the lowest, or almost the lowest, in your class. Use Never use the word "smart" with me. "

Biden struck back.

"Oh, give me a break," he said.

Trump replied: & # 39; There is nothing smart about you. You haven't done anything for 47 years. & # 39;

Hunter Biden's business relationships

Unexpectedly, it was Biden who first brought up China – when he blew up Trump for the trade deals he was negotiating and tried to undermine Trump's claims to bring back manufacturing jobs.

Around the middle of the debate, it got Trump to bring up one of his main talking points and attacks: Biden's son Hunter.

"China ate your lunch, Joe!" Trump scolded him.

“And no wonder your son comes in and takes billions of dollars out for administration. He makes millions of dollars. “It was an indication of the deal Hunter Biden had made with his firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners, LLC.

Trump brought forward a Republican Senate report claiming Hunter received $ 3.5 million from the wealthy wife of the former Moscow mayor. Hunter Biden's attorney has denied the characterization.

“What did he do to deserve it?” Asked Trump.

"My son didn't do anything wrong in Burisa," said Biden – after Trump expanded his attack on Hunter Biden's lucrative seat on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

It led to even more angry crosstalk.

"He won't let me answer because he knows I have the truth," said Biden.

"It's hard to say anything to that clown – excuse me, that person," said Biden after offering the insult.

"We could talk about his family all night," Biden said, but it was hard to see how he got through when Trump talked about him.

Then Biden turned to the camera and delivered one of several lines that he had apparently prepared. “This is not about my family or his family. It's about your family, "he told the audience.

"He doesn't want to talk about what you need … The American people. That's what we're talking about here."

UFC fighter Colby Covington takes his place as President Donald Trump's guest

UFC fighter Colby Covington takes his place as President Donald Trump's guest

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence wave during a guard party for the first presidential debate in Lititz, Pennsylvania

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence wave during a guard party for the first presidential debate in Lititz, Pennsylvania

Dan Royles and other people watch a streaming broadcast of the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden at Gramps Bar on September 29, 2020 in Miami, Florida

Dan Royles and other people watch a streaming broadcast of the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden at Gramps Bar on September 29, 2020 in Miami, Florida

Viewers split due to social distancing due to the coronavirus disease pandemic and waited for the debate to begin

Viewers split due to social distancing due to the coronavirus disease pandemic and waited for the debate to begin

President Trump invited UFC fighter Colby Covington - see above with the President on a file photo - to debate

President Trump invited UFC fighter Colby Covington – see above with the President on a file photo – to debate

Protesters take to the streets in Cleveland as the city convenes the National Guard in anticipation of riot ahead of the first presidential debate

The city of Cleveland put up barriers and called on the National Guard in anticipation of protests and riots ahead of the first presidential debate on Tuesday night.

Cleveland has been preparing for the President's first clash in 2020. There will be two more debates – in Nashville and Miami – and a vice-presidential debate in Salt Lake City.

Protesters swarmed with police in the area around the discussion room in case things got out of hand.

The signs were varied: Black Lives Matter, the more than 200,000 deaths from COVID in the US and for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The Secret Service, the lead security agency of the event, set up a perimeter around the Samson Pavilion, the building where the debate will take place. There are numerous road closures.

Mayor Jackson said, "Cleveland has been a peaceful city lately. Let's keep it that way and show people what Cleveland is like." Lt. Col. Audrey Fielding of the Ohio National Guard added, "The members of this task force are specially trained, equipped and ready to assist law enforcement with protective tasks."

Military trucks arrived on site on Monday, and pictures show that there is a heavy police presence on the Cleveland Clinic campus where the two candidates will meet. On Monday, a small plane circled the area with a sign that read "Black Lives Matter".

Karrie Howard, Director of Public Safety, said, "I assure the citizens of Cleveland that we have taken all precautions to ensure that people can exercise their right to freedom of expression under the First Amendment in a safe manner."

The police are said to be in 12-hour shifts and have canceled their days off.

He was joined by some of Trump's guests to the debate, including Alice Johnson, the woman he pardoned from her drug abuse conviction in prison. Other guests include UFC fighter Colby Covington and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

A senior Trump campaign official told Air Force One reporters that the president was ready for the debate and would not make last-minute preparations on the plane. "He's ready to go," said the officer.

Team Trump is prepared to be the first to pay the president's taxes after a bombshell reported in the New York Times that Trump only paid $ 750 in taxes for 2016 and 2017.

Trump is expected to try to shake Biden's composure by attacking him through his son Hunter. The president used Hunter Biden and his work on the board of a Ukrainian gas company to attack Biden and question his presidential ID. "Where's Hunter?" is a popular line at its rallies, where its supporters clap and cheer.

In his own slap before the debate, Biden posted the latest tax returns of his and fellow campaigner Kamala Harris on Tuesday to troll the president ahead of their meeting.

Biden's taxes revealed that he and his wife Jill paid more than $ 346,204 in federal taxes and other payments for 2019 on income of $ 944,737 before filing for a refund of nearly $ 47,000, giving them a total tax charge for the year of $ 299,346.

The 2019 tax returns for Biden's fellow campaigner Senator Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff, an attorney who has retired from his position as partner with DLA Piper, have also been released. The couple paid $ 754,809 on an income of $ 3,018,127.

Leading up to the debate, Biden characterized the race as a clash between Scranton, the working-class town he was born in, and Park Avenue, where Trump made a name for himself.

Documents show that the president, who says he is a billionaire, paid no income tax for 11 of the 18 years studied, according to a Times report. He has been able to minimize his tax burden by reporting heavy losses in his business empire, including on his golf courses.

This is despite receiving $ 427.4 million through 2018 from its reality television programming and other advertising deals. The president could also face increasing financial pressures in the coming years. Tax records indicate that he has total loans and debts of $ 421 million, mostly due within four years.

In response, Trump said he paid millions in taxes but failed to publish any documents to back up his claims.

The President's appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court is also expected to be a major issue as his mail-in votes will result in a "rigged" election. Numerous studies have shown that this is not the case.

Meanwhile, Melania Trump and Jill Biden will face each other in the debate for the first time this election year.

The two women have been to the same events in the past, including the 2017 Trump Inauguration and George H.W. in December 2018. Bush, where the Bidens sat one row behind the Trumps.

Tuesday, however, is the first election meeting for the two women, who have chosen different approaches to campaigning this year.

Biden, who has years of experience as a political spouse, has been an active activist for her husband, adhering to her own itinerary, conducting interviews, and speaking out in favor of his choice. She and Joe Biden will embark on a train tour of Ohio and Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

Melania Trump, who was a political freshman in the 2016 election campaign, spoke out in favor of her husband's re-election offer at the Republican National Convention in August but has not appeared for him at an election event since.

The 90-minute debate will be divided into six segments selected by Fox News' Chris Wallace, who will be moderating. These include: the pandemic, the economy, the Supreme Court, the integrity of the elections, the records of the candidates, and "Race and Violence in Our Cities".

Candidates won't shake hands when they take the stage at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday night due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, they will stand on podiums that are socially separated from each other while Wallace sits at a desk in front of them.

There will be no opening speech and the first question goes to Trump.

According to Peter Ayre, chief adviser to the commission on presidential debates, there will be a "small" audience in the room who will all be tested for COVID.

The chairs are lined up, but two out of three chairs have signs that read, "Thank you for not sitting here for social distancing."

Each campaign received 20 tickets that were distributed to the guests. A total of around 100 people will be watching.

The National Guard is blocking intersections as security measures are in place ahead of the debate

The National Guard is blocking intersections as security measures are in place ahead of the debate

Police line the streets in Cleveland

Police line the streets in Cleveland

A protester holds up a sign in honor of the late Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A protester holds up a sign in honor of the late Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Protesters hold a "Make Handmaids Fiction Again" sign, likely relating to Amy Comey Barrett's nomination for the Supreme Court, as some critics have compared their views with those of oppressors in the fictional novel "The Handmaid's Tale".

Protesters hold a "Make Handmaids Fiction Again" sign, likely relating to Amy Comey Barrett's nomination for the Supreme Court, as some critics have compared their views with those of oppressors in the fictional novel "The Handmaid's Tale".

Protesters gather at the debate against President Trump

Protesters gather at the debate against President Trump

The Baby Trump balloon was at the protest in Cleveland

The Baby Trump balloon was at the protest in Cleveland

Police line up outside the Cleveland Debate Hall

Police line up outside the Cleveland Debate Hall

The Ohio National Guard directs traffic away from the Debate Hall in Cleveland

The Ohio National Guard directs traffic away from the Debate Hall in Cleveland

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson urged protesters to remain peaceful but said he would not impose a curfew on the city.

"Cleveland has been a peaceful city lately. Let's keep it that way and show people what Cleveland is like," Jackson said.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine sent 300 Ohio National Guard members to Cleveland.

A security area has been set up around the Samson Pavilion, the building where the debate will take place. There are numerous road closures for the debate, sponsored by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic.

The two candidates took different approaches in their preparations.

Biden settled in Wilmington with briefing books and mock debates.

Trump has now taken less than two hours of prep time, CNN reported, including a brief Q&A session on Sunday in which advisors used flash cards to outsmart the president. Trump also played golf on Sunday morning.

Polls show Biden Trump leads nationally and in a number of key battlefield states ahead of the debate, which will be their first face-to-face meeting this year.

"I'm really looking forward to the debate," Trump told reporters in the White House on Monday.

It is the first of three planned presidential debates. Vice President Mike Pence and California Senator Kamala Harris, Biden's runner-up, will debate in October.

Trump suggested in a tweet on Sunday that Biden would use performance-enhancing drugs during the debate, which could be a prediction of how he will try to rattle Biden during their encounter.

Joe Biden released his tax returns Tuesday before the debate in what is seen as a troll for President Donald Trump

Joe Biden released his tax returns Tuesday before the debate in what is seen as a troll for President Donald Trump

Jill Biden spent Tuesday campaigning in Michigan and will join her husband in Cleveland

Jill Biden spent Tuesday campaigning in Michigan and will join her husband in Cleveland

Melania Trump, who is leaving Marine One at Joint Base Andrews with President Trump, will have her first face-to-face meeting with Jill Biden this campaign year

Melania Trump, who is leaving Marine One at Joint Base Andrews with President Trump, will have her first face-to-face meeting with Jill Biden this campaign year

Pictures show preparations in town on Monday after Mayor Frank Jackson urged protesters to stay peaceful. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine sent 300 Ohio National Guard members to the city

Pictures show preparations in town on Monday after Mayor Frank Jackson urged protesters to stay peaceful. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine sent 300 Ohio National Guard members to the city

Security fences were installed around the discussion point

Security fences were installed around the discussion point

Biden and his aides are rehearsing possible attacks by the commander-in-chief, and the Democratic candidate has said he hopes he doesn't get thrown off by Trump allegations.

The president has repeatedly insisted – and without evidence – that Biden was on performance-enhancing drugs before the Democratic debates. He has asked him to take a drug test here before their debate, while he offers to take one himself.

Joe Biden just announced that he will disagree with a drug test. I ask myself why? “Trump tweeted Monday morning.

And the president said during a press conference at the White House on Sunday that he was not kidding.

“No, I'm not joking. I am ready to take a drug test. I think he should too, ”he said.

When asked by reporters if he would take a drug test, Biden replied on Sunday, “No, I have no comment.

And his campaign issued a statement saying that if Trump thinks his best case is in the urine, he can have it.

The first presidential debate phase will take place on Monday at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic

The first presidential debate phase will take place on Monday at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic

Tuesday's clash in Cleveland, Ohio, the first of three 90-minute debates, marks the first time voters have had the opportunity to pit candidates head-to-head

Tuesday's clash in Cleveland, Ohio, the first of three 90-minute debates, marks the first time voters have had the opportunity to pit candidates head-to-head

Mounted police patrols around the Samson Pavilion as workers prepare for the first presidential debate

Mounted police patrols around the Samson Pavilion as workers prepare for the first presidential debate

The Samson Pavilion on the main Cleveland Clinic campus where the debate is taking place

The Samson Pavilion on the main Cleveland Clinic campus where the debate is taking place

Biden rehearses and studies his briefing books – in their Arial font, 14-point font.

Bob Bauer, a senior Biden advisor and former White House general counsel, plays the role of Trump, according to the New York Times.

Trump considers trying to lure his rivals by talking about his son Hunter Biden's business – a popular round of applause from his supporters on the campaign – and mentioning Tara Reade, who accused Biden of sexual assault in the 1970s when she worked in his office. what he denied.

Biden practices keeping his temper and not being defensive.

"I hope I'm not going to get into a brawl with this guy," he told donors at a fundraiser earlier this month.

Bauer has not donned a Trump costume that matches the Trump representatives of the past few years, but does represent his style and expected strategy, the AP reported.

Trump has decided to skip the formal preparation, despite saying on Sunday that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his former prime rival in 2016, Chris Christie, are helping him.

"We had a little preparation for a debate before we came here," Trump said at a press conference in the White House when Giuliani and Christie were sitting to the side.

The president also wiped away questions about whether to engage in formal debate preparation and said he debates every day.

“I prepare the debate every day. I keep answering questions from you, ”he told reporters. "I mean, I've answered a lot of your questions over the last few years, and he doesn't."

He added, "I run a country."

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