In these polarized political times, it can sometimes feel as if Americans really cannot agree on anything.
But Tuesday’s highly anticipated presidential debate, the first between President Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee, managed to achieve rare bipartisan consensus: Just about everyone offering commentary online agreed that the debate was an unmitigated disaster.
The night’s 90-minute, commercial-free cross-talk extravaganza may not be something viewers will particularly want to review in detail upon waking up Wednesday morning. But as one political journalist suggested, Tuesday’s event very well might “go down as the worst debate of all time.”
So, for posterity, here is a look at a few of the ways the internet processed the yelling, the interrupting and the very occasional debating — all as it was simultaneously melting down.
So. Much. Yelling.
During the first five minutes, the moderator, Chris Wallace, asked a question. Mr. Trump answered, and Mr. Biden responded after that.
And then Mr. Biden interrupted Mr. Trump during a discussion about the Supreme Court, and, well — that was the end of structure and civility. Mr. Trump would go on to interrupt Mr. Biden at nearly every opportunity, and Mr. Biden would not let many of Mr. Trump’s misstatements go unchallenged.
Some of the Twitter takeaways:
Everyone talked over each other. Once the shouting began, it did not end. Onlookers expressed sympathy for those responsible for typing out every word of a verbal melee in which Mr. Trump, Mr. Biden and Mr. Wallace were often all trying to get a word in at once.
(Though some thought he might have also deserved some pity.)
The sight of three men all arguing and trying to cut one another off was an all-too-familiar sight to many.
And the scene reminded quite a few others of