MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow shared her thoughts on last night’s first presidential debates, as well as a multitude of other anti-Trumpers according to Breitbart News.
She did not shy away from sharing her thoughts as she told viewers, “this sort of debate shouldn’t happen in a democracy.”
“Not one in which we decide … in which we think that we choose between candidates based on them proposing competing sides of an argument. I just, this is not the night I expected,” Maddow stated.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer described the event as “the most chaotic presidential debate” he had ever seen.
David A. Graham, staff writer at the Atlantic, wrote that if the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) “really wishes to benefit the American electorate, it should cancel the rest of the debate season.”
McClatchy National Political Correspondent Dave Catanese quoted former Obama White House senior adviser David Plouffe’s remarks on MSNBC following the debate as saying, “No moderator, going forward, is going to be able to control Trump if he acts that way”:
Why would Biden do this again?
There is absolutely nothing to gain.
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) September 30, 2020
“After this, does Biden have a legitimate case to make and more to gain from saying he’s not doing the other two debates?” tweeted New York Times reporter Jeremy W. Peters.
CANCEL THE REMAINING PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES. It is impossible to have an orderly, productive exchange with Donald Trump. Stop pretending otherwise. #Debate2020
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) September 30, 2020
"No moderator, going forward, is going to be able to control Trump if he acts that way." — @davidplouffe on MSNBC
"If Trump acts that way, we're going to have the same debate."
— Dave Catanese (@davecatanese) September 30, 2020
More from Breitbart:
In an article for Slate, writer Christina Cauterucci wrote that Americans “gained nothing from this degrading spectacle, which resembled a trashy shock-jock program more than a debate about policy and public service.”
Cauterucci also claimed President Trump was “no more or less abusive, no more or less truthful, and no more or less interested in governing than he was in the debates four years ago.”
“The only difference is that now, we’re viewing the calamity from inside Donald Trump’s America, which we can see with our own eyes. What more is there to know?” she concluded.
There is no reason to expect a better result from the next two debates. No matter how stringent the rules or vigorous the moderators, these contests will always take place on the terms of the worst person on the stage. Trump’s verbal abuse steered the debate away from American lives and toward personal accusations.