Trump's mic could be silenced in future debates after 'aggressive' performance the first time

Joanna Taylor
Thursday 01 October 2020 14:15
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The first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden was a mess.

There was bickering, interrupting and, of course, "will you shut up, man".

In fact, things got so messy that the debates commission are introducing new controls to direct discussion more easily in the future.

A spokesperson for the organisation said that yesterday's debate in Ohio has "made [it] clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues".

According to speculation, this could include the ability to switch Trump and Biden's microphones off – an idea that proved popular online.

Fox News host Chris Wallace, who chaired the debate, was criticised for failing to control the presidential hopefuls – and particularly Trump.

He reportedly said he "never dreamt that it would go off the tracks the way it did" and that he's "sad" about the way it turned out.

Trump, on the other hand, described the debate as "fun".

Biden disagreed, calling Trump's conduct a "national embarrassment".

He added that he "tried everything to distract, everything possible" and that the debate committee should do more to "control the ability of us to answer the question without interruptions".

In response, Trump's campaign director accused Biden of "trying to work the refs" he said, adding:

Trump was the dominant force ... they shouldn't be moving the goalposts and changing the rules in the middle of the game.

Indy100 have contacted The Commission on Presidential debates to find out whether they've made a decision on muting microphones and we'll update you if we find out.

Regardless, the next presidential debate will take place on 15 October.

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