Presidential debate changes formats due to interruptions from candidates

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Biden and Trump have their first presidential debate. Interruptions from both candidates cause debate to spiral into chaos.

The first presidential debate took place Sept. 29. There were countless flaws in the format of the debate along with the candidates’ responses. Trump and Biden were talking over each other for the majority of the debate, which caused chaos and left mediator Chris Wallace’s questions unanswered. The format of the debate must change in order to keep the candidates from arguing and interrupting each other the entire time. The main issue of the debate consisted of the candidates speaking over each other, which led to Biden saying, “Will you shut up man?” Trump and Biden continued to interrupt each other even when Chris Wallace informed them to obey the debate rules.

In the debate, Trump interrupted Biden 128 times. The Commission on Presidential Debates promised there will be a different approach that will allow more structure and less interruptions in the following debates. Although,  currently there is no specification on the changes that will be made.

“So adding more moderators could be tricky with trying to prevent interruptions. Turning off mics could be tricky, because they could simply cause for more shouting which can spread bacteria. But I think if they started seeing if one of the candidates would interrupt during their two minute talking point, and would deduct that time off of the other candidate who was interrupting,” junior Eliza Weston said. 

Moving forward from the first debate, there should be an order set in place telling how the commission is changing the format. Furthermore, candidates must be put in place when they disobey the debate rules.

The CNN Poll of Polls show Trump trailing behind, after the debate 57% are with Biden and 41% Trump. This poll was conducted after Trump tested positive for COVID-19, which has changed voters minds on where they stand.

The fact that the President of the United States, supported and condemned the Proud Boys during a presidential debate really says a lot about how he’s been as a leader these past few months when we’ve been going through these turbulent times with racial injustice and police brutality.”

— Eliza Weston

Matthew Bergquist, social studies teacher, spoke about Trump having COVID-19 and he said it seemed inevitable, given what is known about the science and the best practices for preventing such a virus.

Trump is careless in his actions towards COVID-19. He and a big chunk of the White House employees did not wear masks when around each other. This means he is not taking proper precautions with the highly contagious virus.

Trump did not condemn white supremacy when he was asked by Chris Wallace. He said almost everything he sees is from the left wing and not the right. He acknowledged the Proud Boys, a far-right white supremacist group by stating “Proud boys stand back and stand by.”

“The fact that the President of the United States, supported and condemned the Proud Boys during a presidential debate really says a lot about how he’s been as a leader these past few months when we’ve been going through these turbulent times with racial injustice and police brutality,” Weston said. 

The Proud Boys took president Trump’s saying, “stand back and stand by” and they made t-shirts with the phrase printed on. In the debate Trump implied that he stands for what they believe and did not disapprove of their actions.

A few times Biden got worked up during the debate because of Trump’s interruptions. He said, “It’s hard to get any word in with this clown, excuse me, this person.” Biden corrected himself but he also said, ¨You are the worst president America has ever had.¨ 

Senior Sam Kane thinks “One good point that Trump made was that he backs the police departments, and he supports them and doesn’t want to just ban them in the future.”

Although Biden said some unprofessional things, Trump continuously interrupted him and Biden could not get a word out. Trump did make a point about backing the police, and voters will possibly agree with him.

Even after looking at all the evidence, there are still people who believe that Trump uses his power to offset Biden, which allowed him to perform better in the debate. They believe he shows strength by taking over to get his point across. However, voters will be better off with both sides getting a chance to speak with no distractions.

The format of following debates will need to change due to interruptions. President Trump testing positive for COVID-19 will not go well for him in the campaign here on out. This is something to consider for upcoming debates and will raise questions on if they are having the following debates online or in person.