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Case Western Reserve University hosted the first presidential debate of the 2020 election season. Fox News, Chris Wallace moderated the matchup between the Incumbent Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden. Both camps agreed upon the debate rules, that consisted of questions in six 15 minute rounds, giving candidates two minutes to answer and open discussion for the segment’s remaining time.
The presidential candidates turned the debate into a combative public spectacle. On several occasions, former VP Biden referred to Trump as a clown and told him to “shut up man.” On the opposite side of the stage, Trump referred to Biden’s son Hunter as a drug-addict, and he refused to condemn white supremacy.
Instead, the United States President gave two directives to a white supremacy group to “stand back and stand by.” When asked the day after the first debate to condemn the white supremacist group, the President claimed that he was not familiar with the supremacist group. Trump finally denounced the white supremacy group two days after the debate while appearing on FOX News, Sean Hannity Show.
Trump and the First Lady Melania tested positive for COVID-19 the Thursday following debate night. The President received treatment for the virus at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. At a press conference on Sunday, White House physician, Dr. Sean Conley stated the President could discharge from the hospital on Monday and return to the White House.
The next presidential debate is scheduled for October 15 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami.