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2020 presidential debate: Biden asks Trump ‘will you shut up dude ?!’



Joe Biden asked Donald Trump to shut up and called him a clown during their controversial first presidential debate Tuesday night, slapping him in the face as the president repeatedly interrupted his responses.

‘Will you shut up, dude?’ Biden said visibly exasperated about 20 minutes into the debate after Trump interrupted him again as he tried to talk about the Supreme Court.

And, about 15 minutes later, during a discussion about the COVID pandemic, he again told Trump, “Would you just shut up for a minute?”

The president tried to command the stage from outside the box, repeatedly interrupting his rival to make his point, against Biden and pushing himself into the conversation.

It has happened so many times that moderate Chris Wallace stepped in, asking the president to let Biden finish his answer and scolded him.

“I am the moderator of this debate and I would like you to allow me to ask my question and then you can answer,”

; Wallace told Trump.

“Go ahead, then,” Trump said and then added to Wallace, “I guess I’m arguing about you, not him. No surprise.”

The 90-minute show down between the presidential contenders immediately proved it was going to be a knockout match.

Joe Biden asked Donald Trump to shut up and called him a clown during their controversial first presidential debate Tuesday night, slapping him in the face as the president repeatedly interrupted his responses.

Joe Biden asked Donald Trump to shut up and called him a clown during their controversial first presidential debate Tuesday night, slapping him in the face as the president repeatedly interrupted his responses.

The president tried to command the stage from outside the box, repeatedly interrupting his rival to make his point, against Biden and pushing himself into the conversation.

The president tried to command the stage from outside the box, repeatedly interrupting his rival to make his point, against Biden and pushing himself into the conversation.

US President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden participate in their first debate on the 2020 presidential campaign

US President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden participate in their first debate on the 2020 presidential campaign

Joe Biden kicked off the first presidential debate by going straight to the attack on Donald Trump claiming his SCOTUS candidate Amy Coney Barrett will take down Obamacare

Melania sits in the crowd for the debate. He initially wore a white face mask, but later removed it

Melania sits in the crowd for the debate. He initially wore a white face mask, but later removed it

Eric Trump and Senior Advisor to President Ivanka Trump (R) arrive for the first presidential debate at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio on September 29, 2020

Eric Trump and Senior Advisor to President Ivanka Trump (R) arrive for the first presidential debate at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio on September 29, 2020

Trump family members (LR) Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, Tiffany Trump and Donald Trump Jr. in the audience just before United States President Donald J. Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden participate in the first presidential election debate of 2020

Trump family members (LR) Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, Tiffany Trump and Donald Trump Jr. in the audience just before United States President Donald J. Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden participate in the first presidential election debate of 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s wife Jill arrives for US President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for the first 2020 presidential campaign debate

“You’ll see.” Trump shrugs his tax controversy, saying he paid “millions” while Biden says he “pays less tax than a teacher”

Trump did not want to say when he will finally go public with his personal taxes as he has long promised, but said he has paid “millions of dollars in taxes”.

Trump was specifically asked about a New York Times report that revealed he paid only $ 750 in personal income taxes each of those years.

‘I paid $ 38 million a year, I paid $ 27 million a year. I went… ”the president said, but was again interrupted by Biden.

“Show us your tax returns,” the former vice president insisted.

“You’ll see it as soon as it’s finished. You’ll see it, “Trump said.

“Oh,” Biden admitted sarcastically.

Biden quickly used it as a point of attack, saying Trump “takes advantage of the tax code” and “pays less tax than a teacher.”

Trump shrugged off the attack, saying all business leaders do the same “unless they’re stupid.”

Biden calls Trump a “racist” when the two men discussed race relations

Trump was defending his decision to end racial sensitivity training for federal workers when his Democratic rival struck him with the label of “racist.”

The president said the training led to “very sick ideas” and taught people “to hate our country”.

“If you look at people, we were paying people hundreds of thousands of dollars to teach bad ideas and, frankly, very sick ideas. In fact, they were teaching people to hate our country. And I will not. I will not allow that to happen. We have to go back to the core values ​​of this country, ‘Trump said.

‘Nobody is doing it. It’s racist, “Biden said.

He defended the training programs.

‘The fact is, there is racial insensitivity. People need to be aware of how others feel. What insults them, what humiliates them. It is important for people. Many people don’t want to hurt other people’s feelings, but it makes a big difference, ‘he said.

And then he rotated it to emphasize his blue-collar roots and hinted that Trump is a snob.

Biden said: ‘It makes a huge difference in how a child is able to grow and have a sense of self-worth. It’s kind of like this guy and his friends look down on so many people and look down on people like Irish Catholics like me who grew up in Scranton.

“They despised people who have no money, they despised people who have a different faith.”

The two men quarreled over their intelligence. Trump called himself a

The two men quarreled over their intelligence. Trump called himself a “very stable genius” and bragged about how good he was on a cognitive test, challenging Biden to take one.

The Trump team is poised to bring out the president's taxes first after a New York Times bombshell that Trump only paid $ 750 in taxes for 2016 and 2017.

The Trump team is poised to bring out the president’s taxes first after a New York Times bombshell that Trump only paid $ 750 in taxes for 2016 and 2017.

As the two men argued over race, Biden pleaded for the death of George Floyd, the African American man killed by a white police officer in Minnesota, and the Black Lives Matter protests that arose thereafter. Trump invoked his

As the two men argued over race, Biden pleaded for the death of George Floyd, the African American man killed by a white police officer in Minnesota, and the Black Lives Matter protests that arose thereafter. Trump invoked his “law and order” presidency

Race relations, like other topics of debate, have caused a furious back and forth, screaming at each other the conversation between the presidential contenders.

As the two men argued over race, Biden pleaded for the death of George Floyd, the African American man killed by a white police officer in Minnesota, and the Black Lives Matter protests that arose thereafter. Trump has called for his presidency “law and order”.

The president has accused Biden on multiple occasions of wanting to divest the police, which Biden said he would not do.

During the debate, the Democratic candidate argued that most police officers are “good”, but the bad ones must be eradicated.

“The vast majority of police officers are good, they risk their lives every day to take care of us, but there are some bad apples and when they do occur, when they find them they need to be fixed,” Biden said.

“The cops aren’t happy to see what happened to George Floyd. These cops are not happy to see what happened to Breonna Taylor. Most don’t like it, but we need to have a system where people are held accountable. And by the way, violence and response are never appropriate. Never appropriate. Peaceful protest is. Violence is never appropriate, “he said of the protests.

Trump replied: ‘What is peaceful protest? When do they run around the city center and burn shops and kill people all over the place? This is not a peaceful protest.

The president also complained that Biden did not say he was in favor of “law and order,” a phrase Trump used to define his presidency.

‘They don’t want to talk about law and order. Are you in favor of law and order? He asked Biden.

“I’m in favor of the law,” Biden said.

But he attacked Trump’s approach of dealing with racial unrest across America.

“The point is, that’s why he keeps trying to irritate everything. He doesn’t want to calm things down. Instead of going in and talking to people and saying: let’s all get together, let’s find out how to deal with it, what does it do? He constantly throws fuel on the fire. Every single lonely moment, “he said.

Moderator Chris Wallace if he condemned white supremacists and militias

“I would say that almost everything I see is coming from the left wing, not the right,” Trump said.

“What are you saying?” Wallace asked.

“I am willing to do anything, I want to see peace,” Trump said.

“Then do it, sir,” Wallace challenged him.

‘What do you want to call them? Give me a name, give me a name, “Trump said.

“White supremacy and the white ring militias,” Wallace said.

But Trump has turned to attack Antifa, an unorganized group that opposes far-right political groups like the fascists.

“Stand back and watch, but I tell you something, someone has to do something against the antifa and the left because this is not a right wing problem, this is a left wing problem,” he said.

While discussing the importance of masks to protect himself from the virus, Trump defended himself for not wearing one all the time, before mocking Biden for wearing `` the biggest mask I've ever seen ''

While discussing the importance of masks to protect himself from the virus, Trump defended himself for not wearing one all the time, before mocking Biden for wearing “ the biggest mask I’ve ever seen ”

The 90-minute show down between presidential contenders could prove to be a knockout match

Trump has signaled he will hold nothing, hitting Biden where he hurts with attacks on his son Hunter and his mental abilities

The 90-minute show down between presidential contenders could prove to be a knockout match. Trump has signaled he will hold nothing, hitting Biden where he hurts with attacks on his son Hunter and his mental abilities

US President Donald Trump gestures as he participates in the first 2020 presidential campaign debate with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden

US President Donald Trump gestures as he participates in the first 2020 presidential campaign debate with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden

“That’s what it is,” Biden rants Trump about his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic

Vitriol exploded into the open when Biden attacked Trump’s handling of the pandemic, saying the president “waited and waited” to act when the virus reached American shores and “has no plan yet.”

Biden told Trump to “get out of your bunker and get out of the sand trap” and ride his golf cart to the Oval Office to come up with a bipartisan plan to save the people.

“You are the worst president America has ever had,” Biden said.

Trump growled a response, stating that ‘I’ll tell you Joe, you could never do the job we did. You don’t have it in your blood.

“I know how to do the job,” was the solemn response from Biden, who served for eight years as Barack Obama’s vice president.

While discussing the importance of masks in protecting himself from the virus, Trump defended himself for not wearing one all the time, before making fun of Biden for wearing “the biggest mask I’ve ever seen”.

Biden also pointed out that Trump retorted “it is what it is,” as more than 200,000 Americans have died from the deadly virus.

Biden then went for the way Trump praised China’s handling of the pandemic in February, while Trump made fun of Biden for “ wearing the biggest mask I’ve ever seen. ”

Hunter Biden’s Business Relations

Unexpectedly, Biden was the first to talk about China, as he blamed Trump for the trade deals he had negotiated and tried to undermine Trump’s claims to bring jobs back into manufacturing.

Midway through the debate, Trump pushed Trump to raise one of his main talking points and attacks: Biden’s son Hunter.

“China ate your lunch, Joe!” Trump scolded him.

“And no wonder your son walks in and raises billions of dollars to run it. Earn millions of dollars. It was a reference to the business Hunter Biden did with his company Rosemont Seneca Partners, LLC.

Trump filed a Republican Senate report that Hunter got $ 3.5 million from the former Moscow mayor’s rich wife. Hunter Biden’s attorney denied the characterization.

“What did he do to deserve it?” Trump asked.

Trump filed a Republican Senate report that Hunter got $ 3.5 million from the former Moscow mayor's rich wife. Hunter Biden's attorney denied the characterization

Trump filed a Republican Senate report that Hunter got $ 3.5 million from the former Moscow mayor’s rich wife. Hunter Biden’s attorney denied the characterization

“My son did nothing wrong with Burisa,” Biden said, after Trump extended his attack on Hunter Biden’s lucrative seat on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

The result was an even angrier cross-talk.

“He doesn’t want to let me answer because he knows I have the truth,” Biden said.

“It’s hard to talk to this clown – sorry, this person,” Biden said after uttering the insult.

“We could talk about his family all night,” Biden said, but it was hard to see how he followed him as Trump talked about him.

Then, Biden faced the camera and delivered one of the many lines he seemed ready to deliver. ‘It’s not about my family or his family. It’s about your family, “he told viewers.

“He doesn’t want to talk about what you need… The American people. This is what we are talking about here.

Battle for the Supreme Court candidate

Trump defended his efforts to quickly fill a seat on the US Supreme Court, saying “elections have consequences” and he had the right to do so despite democratic objections.

‘I’ll tell you very simply that we won the elections, the elections have consequences. We have the Senate and we have the White House and we have a phenomenal candidate who is respected by all, ‘Trump said in defense of his candidate, Conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett.

‘… I think she (Barrett) will be great. She will be as good as anyone who has ever served in that court. We won the elections and therefore we had the right to choose it ”.

Biden, speaking of Trump’s frequent interruptions, said the seat of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be filled after the November 3 election, when it was clear who would be the president.

“We should wait, we should wait and see what the outcome of this election is,” Biden said, adding that a more conservative Supreme Court would jeopardize the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare.

Trump defended his efforts to quickly fill a seat on the US Supreme Court, saying

Trump defended his efforts to quickly fill a seat on the US Supreme Court, saying “elections have consequences” and he had the right to do so despite democratic objections. ‘I’ll tell you very simply that we won the elections, the elections have consequences. We have the Senate and we have the White House and we have a phenomenal candidate respected by all, ” said Trump in defense of his candidate, Conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Health care

Pressed to reveal his health plan, Trump talked about a Supreme Court ruling overturning Obamacare’s mandate that people buy insurance: “Excuse me, I got rid of the individual mandate,” Trump said.

Wallace told him it wasn’t a plan.

“This is absolutely important,” Trump replied.

As Trump and Biden continued, Wallace pleaded, “Mr. President I am the moderator of this debate and I would like you to allow me to ask my question.”

Biden was determined not to get caught with a single knife in a gunfight.

“You picked the wrong person on the wrong night at the wrong time,” he told Trump.

Trump accused him of risking left anger by distancing himself from Sanders.

“You just lost the left,” Trump told him.

The rabid attacks have been transferred to the coronavirus.

“And by the way, maybe inject some bleach into your arm, he’ll think about it,” Biden said, mocking Trump’s comments about injecting disinfectant to cure the virus.

Trump said it was said “sarcastically” – a claim he did not make at the time.

Insignificant jokes about who is smarter

The two men quarreled over their intelligence. Trump called himself a “very stable genius” and bragged about how good he was on a cognitive test, challenging Biden to take one.

And when Biden said he needs to get “ a lot smarter ” or more people would die from COVID, Trump was quick to pounce.

“Did you use the word” Smart? “He said he went to the state of Delaware,” he snapped about Biden. Trump went to the University of Pennsylvania. “He graduated the lowest or nearly the lowest in your class. Never use the word” smart. ” with me. “

Biden responded.

“Oh, give me a break,” he said.

Trump replied: ‘There is nothing intelligent about you. 47 years old, you didn’t do anything.

UFC fighter Colby Covington takes his seat as President Donald Trump's guest

UFC fighter Colby Covington takes his seat as President Donald Trump’s guest

Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence greet during a party for the first presidential debate in Lititz, Pennsylvania

Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence greet during a party for the first presidential debate in Lititz, Pennsylvania

Dan Royles and others watch a streaming broadcast of the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden at the Gramps Bar on September 29, 2020 in Miami, Florida

Dan Royles and others watch a streaming broadcast of the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden at the Gramps Bar on September 29, 2020 in Miami, Florida

Members of the public split due to social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic await the start of the debate

Members of the public split over social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic are waiting for the debate to begin

President Trump has invited UFC fighter Colby Covington - seen above with the president in a file photo - to the debate

President Trump has invited UFC fighter Colby Covington – seen above with the president in a file photo – to the debate

Protesters take to the streets in Cleveland as the city calls the National Guard in anticipation of riots ahead of the first presidential debate

The city of Cleveland has set up barriers and called in the National Guard in anticipation of protests and riots ahead of the first presidential debate on Tuesday evening.

Cleveland is gearing up for the first presidential clash of 2020. There will be two more debates – in Nashville and Miami – and a vice president debate in Salt Lake City.

Protesters swarmed the area around the debate room with police on hand in case things went out of line.

The signs were varied: Black Lives Matter, the more than 200,000 deaths from COVID in the United States and the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The secret services, the main security agency for the event, have set up a perimeter around the Samson Pavilion, the building where the debate will take place. There are numerous road closures.

Mayor Jackson said, “Cleveland has been a peaceful city lately, so let’s keep it that way and show people what Cleveland is like.” Lieutenant Colonel Audrey Fielding of the Ohio National Guard added, “Members of this task force are specifically trained, equipped and prepared to support law enforcement in security duties.”

Military trucks arrived on the scene on Monday and images show that there is a strong police presence on the Cleveland Clinic campus where the two candidates will meet. On Monday, a small plane flew over the area holding a “Black Lives Matter” sign.

Public Safety Director Karrie Howard said, “I assure the citizens of Cleveland that we have taken every precaution to make sure that while people exercise their First Amendment right to free speech, it will be done in a safe and secure manner.”

Police are said to have 12-hour shifts with the cancellation of days off.

Trump was supported in Cleveland by first lady Melania Trump, who wore a $ 3,340 black pinstripe Dolce & Gabbana suit.

President Trump had all of his adult children and many of their significant others with him when he landed in Cleveland, including Ivanka Trump, Lara Trump, Eric Trump, Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump Jr, and Kimberly Guilfoyle.

On the staff side, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Campaign Manager Bill Stepien, Rep Jim Jordan, and Councilor Hope Hicks also accompanied the Air Force One triumphs.

Some of Trump’s guests at the debate accompanied him, including Alice Johnson, the woman he pardoned for his life-long drug sentence in prison. Other guests included UFC fighter Colby Covington and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Ahead of the debate, Biden defined the race as a confrontation between Scranton, the working-class city where he was born, and Park Avenue, where Trump has made a name for himself.

Documents show that the president, who claims to be a billionaire, has paid no income tax in 11 of the 18 years studied, according to a Times report. He was able to minimize his tax bill by reporting heavy losses throughout his business empire, including his golf courses.

This is despite receiving $ 427.4 million in 2018 from his reality TV show and other sponsorship deals. The president may also face increasing financial pressures in the years to come. Tax records show it is bringing in a total of $ 421 million in loans and debts that are mostly due within four years.

Trump, in response, said he had paid millions in taxes but has not released any documentation to support his claims.

Anche la nomina del presidente di Amy Coney Barrett alla Corte Suprema dovrebbe essere un argomento di dibattito importante, poiché le sue accuse di voto per corrispondenza porteranno a elezioni “truccate”. Numerosi studi hanno dimostrato che non è così.

Nel frattempo, Melania Trump e Jill Biden si troveranno faccia a faccia per la prima volta quest’anno durante il dibattito.

Le due donne hanno partecipato agli stessi eventi in passato, tra cui l’inaugurazione di Trump nel 2017 e il funerale del dicembre 2018 per George H.W. Bush, dove i Biden sedevano in fila dietro i Trump.

Ma martedì segna il primo incontro elettorale per le due donne, che quest’anno hanno adottato approcci diversi alla campagna elettorale.

Biden, che ha anni di esperienza come coniuge politico, è stata un’attiva attivista per suo marito, mantenendo il proprio programma di viaggio, conducendo interviste e sostenendo la sua elezione. Mercoledì lei e Joe Biden lanceranno un tour in treno attraverso l’Ohio e la Pennsylvania.

Melania Trump, che era una neofita politica nella campagna del 2016, ha sostenuto la candidatura per la rielezione di suo marito alla Convention nazionale repubblicana ad agosto, ma da allora non è più apparsa a un evento elettorale per lui.

Il dibattito di 90 minuti si articolerà in sei segmenti, selezionati da Chris Wallace di Fox News, che sta moderando. Includono: la pandemia, l’economia, la Corte suprema, l’integrità elettorale, i record dei candidati e “la razza e la violenza nelle nostre città”.

I candidati non si daranno la mano quando saliranno sul palco alle 21:00 ET di martedì sera a causa della pandemia di coronavirus. Invece staranno su podi socialmente distanti l’uno dall’altro mentre Wallace siede a una scrivania di fronte a loro.

Non ci saranno dichiarazioni di apertura e la prima domanda andrà a Trump.

Secondo Peter Ayre, consigliere senior della Commissione per i dibattiti presidenziali, ci sarà un “piccolo” pubblico nella stanza, che verrà testato per COVID.

Le sedie sono allineate, ma su due su tre sono stati posti cartelli con la scritta: “Grazie per non essere seduta qui nel rispetto delle distanze sociali”.

Ogni campagna ha ricevuto 20 biglietti da distribuire agli ospiti. Ci saranno circa 100 persone in totale a guardare.

La Guardia Nazionale blocca gli incroci mentre le misure di sicurezza vengono messe in atto prima del dibattito

La Guardia Nazionale blocca gli incroci mentre le misure di sicurezza vengono messe in atto prima del dibattito

La polizia fiancheggia le strade a Cleveland

La polizia fiancheggia le strade di Cleveland

Un manifestante alza un cartello in onore del defunto giudice della Corte Suprema Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Un manifestante alza un cartello in onore del defunto giudice della Corte Suprema Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I manifestanti tengono un cartello 'Make Handmaids Fiction Again', probabilmente in riferimento alla nomina alla Corte Suprema di Amy Comey Barrett, poiché alcuni critici hanno confrontato le sue opinioni con quelle sostenute dagli oppressori nel romanzo di fantasia 'The Handmaid's Tale'

I manifestanti tengono un cartello ‘Make Handmaids Fiction Again’, probabilmente in riferimento alla nomina alla Corte Suprema di Amy Comey Barrett, poiché alcuni critici hanno confrontato le sue opinioni con quelle sostenute dagli oppressori nel romanzo di fantasia ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

I manifestanti si radunano contro il presidente Trump al dibattito

Protesters rally against President Trump at the debate

The Baby Trump balloon was at the protest in Cleveland

The Baby Trump balloon was at the protest in Cleveland

Police line up in front of the debate hall in Cleveland

Police line up in front of the debate hall in Cleveland

The Ohio National Guard directs traffic away from the debate hall in Cleveland

The Ohio National Guard directs traffic away from the debate hall in Cleveland

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson urged protesters to remain peaceful but said he will not issue a curfew for the city.

‘Cleveland has been a peaceful city lately so let’s keep it that way and show the people the way Cleveland is,’ Jackson said.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine sent 300 members from the Ohio National Guard to Cleveland.

A security perimeter was set up around the Samson Pavilion, the building where the debate will be held. There are numerous road closures in place for the debate sponsored by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic.

The two candidates have taken different approaches to their preparations.

Biden has been hunkered down in Wilmington with briefing books and mock debate sessions.

Trump, meanwhile, has done less than two hours prep time, CNN reported, including a short Q&A session on Sunday where advisers used flash cards to try and stump the president. Trump also played golf on Sunday morning.

Polls show Biden leading Trump nationally and in a number of key battleground states ahead of the debate, which is their first face-to-face meeting this year.

‘I am looking very forward to the debate,’ Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday.

It is the first of three scheduled presidential debates. Vice President Mike Pence and California Sen. Kamala Harris, Biden’s running mate, will debate in October.

Trump suggested in a tweet on Sunday that Biden will be on performance-enhancing drugs during the debate, which could be a prediction of how he’ll try and rattle Biden during their face off.

Joe Biden released his tax returns on Tuesday ahead of the debate in a move seen as a troll to President Donald Trump

Joe Biden released his tax returns on Tuesday ahead of the debate in a move seen as a troll to President Donald Trump

Jill Biden spent Tuesday campaigning in Michigan and will join her husband in Cleveland

Jill Biden spent Tuesday campaigning in Michigan and will join her husband in Cleveland

Melania Trump, exiting Marine One at Joint Base Andrews with President Trump, will have her first face-to-face meeting with Jill Biden this campaign year

Melania Trump, exiting Marine One at Joint Base Andrews with President Trump, will have her first face-to-face meeting with Jill Biden this campaign year

Pictures show preparations underway in the city Monday after the mayor, Frank Jackson, urged protesters to remain peaceful. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine sent 300 members from the Ohio National Guard to the city

Pictures show preparations underway in the city Monday after the mayor, Frank Jackson, urged protesters to remain peaceful. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine sent 300 members from the Ohio National Guard to the city

Security fences have been installed around the debate site

Security fences have been installed around the debate site

Biden and his aides are rehearsing for any possible attacks from the commander-in-chief and the Democratic nominee has said he hopes he won’t get thrown off by any Trump allegations.

The president has insisted repeatedly – and without proof – that Biden took performance enhancement drugs ahead of the Democratic debates. He’s challenged him to take a drug test ahead of their debate here while offering to take one himself.

‘Joe Biden just announced that he will not agree to a Drug Test. Gee, I wonder why?,’ Trump tweeted Monday morning.

And the president said during a press conference at the White House on Sunday that he wasn’t joking.

‘No, I’m not joking. I mean, I’m willing to take a drug test. I think he should too,’ he said.

On Sunday, when asked by reporters if he would take a drug test, Biden replied:  ‘No, I have no comment.

And his campaign put out a statement saying if Trump ‘thinks his best case is made in urine, he can have it.’

The stage of the first presidential debate is seen at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic on Monday

The stage of the first presidential debate is seen at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic on Monday

Tuesday's clash in Cleveland, Ohio, the first of three 90-minute debates, represents the first time voters will have the chance to see the candidates facing off against one another directly

Tuesday’s clash in Cleveland, Ohio, the first of three 90-minute debates, represents the first time voters will have the chance to see the candidates facing off against one another directly

Mounted police patrol around the Samson Pavilion as workers prepare for the first presidential debate

Mounted police patrol around the Samson Pavilion as workers prepare for the first presidential debate

The Samson Pavilion on the main campus of the Cleveland Clinic, where the debate takes place

The Samson Pavilion on the main campus of the Cleveland Clinic, where the debate takes place

Biden is rehearsing and studying his briefing books – in their Arial typeface, 14 point type.

Bob Bauer, a senior Biden adviser and former White House general counsel, is playing the role of Trump, according to The New York Times.

Trump is weighing trying to bait his rival with talking about his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings – a popular applause with his supporters on the campaign trail – and mentioning Tara Reade, who accused Biden of sexual assault in the 1970s when she worked in his office, which he has denied.

Biden is practicing keeping his temper and not being defensive.

‘I hope I don’t get baited into getting into a brawl with this guy,’ he told donors at a fund-raiser earlier this month.

Bauer has not actually donned a Trump costume in line with Trump stand-ins from previous years, but he is representing his style and expected strategy, the AP reported.

Trump has decided to skip formal preparation, though he said Sunday that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his former 2016 primary rival, Chris Christie, are helping him.

‘We had a little debate prep before we came here,’ Trump said at a White House press conference as Giuliani and Christie sat to the side.

The president also brushed off questions about whether he is engaged in formal debate prep, saying he debates every day.

‘What I do is debate prep every day. I’m taking questions from you people all the time,’ he told reporters. ‘I mean, I’ve taken a lot of questions from you over the last number of years, and he doesn’t.’

He added: ‘I’m running a country.’


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