The Presidential Debate’s Effect on the Mindset of Voters

Michael Taylor

The presidential debates between President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Joseph R. Biden have been appalling to say the least. Pure childish behavior and misinformation have only added to the controversy of the candidates. “That was a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck,” said CNN news anchor, Jake Tapper mere moments after the debates’ end.

But what actions led to the pure horrid nature of the debates? After watching through the first debate I was able to count one hundred and thirteen interruptions, seventy-six of which were made by the sitting president. The debate was interrupted so much that often Vice President Biden was unable to finish a single sentence.

Interruptions were not the only issue with the debate. Pure lies and misinformation of voters were detrimental to voters ability to choose. During the debate, President Trump said: “If we would’ve listened to you, the country would have been left wide open, millions of people would have died, not 200,000. And one person is too much. It’s China’s fault. It should have never happened,” saying later that Biden criticized him on banning travel from China. While Vice President Biden never criticized the Chinese travel ban.

“200,000 dead. As you said, over seven million infected in the United States. We, in fact, have 4% of the world’s population, 20% of the deaths. 40,000 people a day are contracting COVID. In addition to that, about between 750 and 1000 people a day are dying,” said Vice President Biden, in the attempt to speak out to people. Before he could finish his thoughts, the President interrupted by repeatedly saying “Wrong.”

Eventually there came a point where the Vice President became so annoyed he called the President a clown and told him to “keep yapping man,” even going as far to say that Mr. Trump has been the worst president America has ever had. 

The whole ordeal turned into a mess of ad hominem and lies only confusing and angering the American people whom this debate is meant to serve. If you’re a SPASH student who will be voting age by the time of November third I strongly encourage you to cast your ballot. I know I did.