With the November election less than a month away...
via: Getty ImagesTensions have been steadily rising, with Trump refusing to say whether or not he'd accept the results of the 2020 election if he loses.
via: Getty ImagesThe peaceful transfer of power between presidents is crucial for democracy.
But now it seems that Fox and Friends host Ainsley Earhardt has come under fire.
Tensions between Trump and Biden have been bubbling for some time now...
via: GettyAnd, during the recent debate, it seemed that their mutual feelings of resentment finally reached a boiling point.
And, in a moment many weren't expecting...
via: GettyBiden suddenly lashed out at President Trump when he continued to speak over him.
While many have criticized Biden for his unprofessionalism...
@MSNBC Finally someone said to Trump what I’ve wanted to say to him for the last four years!— Doremus Jessup (@Doremus Jessup)1601429358.0
And that was far from the only thing that caused a big reaction...
via: Getty ImagesIf the debate couldn't be more eyebrow-raising, President Trump also dropped a racial slur.
Now, there were many eye-opening moments from the ninety-minute debate.
via: GettyFor example...
The President was grilled on the newly surfaced allegations regarding his income tax.
via: GettyAsked if it was true that he paid just $750 in income tax in 2016, as reported by The New York Times last week, Trump said, without hesitation: "I paid millions of dollars in taxes, of income tax." Biden used this opportunity to ask for evidence of these tax payments, adding that Trump "takes advantage of the tax code."
Trump was also asked to condemn white supremacist groups...
via: GettyBut instead chose to focus on the left. He said: "Sure I'm willing to do that, but almost everything I see is from the left-wing. I'm willing to do anything. I want to see peace." And, when asked to give this group of people a name, he responded with "Proud Boys." Proud Boys, a neo-Nazi organization, appeared to use Trump's "stand back, stand by" call in a new logo posted on Telegram shortly after the debate.
The President did provide some good news with regards to a coronavirus vaccine, however.
via: GettyWhen Biden pointed out that 200,000 Americans have died during the pandemic as a result of the President's "lack of plan", Trump retaliated by insisting that "millions would have died if Biden was in charge." He then added that the US is "weeks away" from a vaccine, and his administration had done a "great job."
Biden's son, Hunter, was then dragged back into the firing line.
via: GettyThe President brought up Biden's son, claiming the mayor of Moscow's wife gave him millions of dollars and raising questions over his links with Ukraine. He also mentioned Hunter's drug problems.
Clearly, his words about Hunter hit a nerve with Biden.
Beau Biden was not a loser. https://t.co/hwzlZrjh75— Joe Biden (@Joe Biden)1601432460.0
The insults continued to flow.
via: Getty"Everything he's saying here is simply a lie, everybody knows he's a liar," Biden said during an exchange about healthcare. He also called Trump "the worst president this country has ever had."
And, of course, President Trump didn't take them quietly.
via: GettyNot to be outdone, Trump got in plenty of digs as well, firing at his opponent: "There's nothing smart about you Joe. Forty-seven years, you've done nothing."
But, out of their many valiant attempts to slander one another...
via: GettyOne of Biden's comments stood out.
Now, not everyone was too impressed...
@chrislhayes @NicolleDWallace Yes that made me cringe! So unprofessional...where was the question that @JoeBiden was going to like?— Aleta Devaney (@Aleta Devaney)1601435113.0
However, on the other hand...
@kurtbardella @JoeBiden @realDonaldTrump I apologize. I don't know the question. Just hearing Joe say those words made my fukin night.— CEH (@CEH)1601442062.0
Because, as you may have already heard...
via: GettyBiden actually told the president to "shut up."
Yep, it's something many dream of doing one day.
Will you shut up, man? - Joe Biden, speaking for nearly the entire world— ▹ 𝚁𝚘𝚡𝚢 (@▹ 𝚁𝚘𝚡𝚢)1601451569.0
The pair continued to talk over each other as Wallace tried - unsuccessfully - to keep them in line.
via: TwitterWallace asked Biden if he was willing to tell the American people whether he supported either ending the Senate filibuster or adding more justices to the bench. Biden responded by saying he would not take a position on the issue and instead urged people to go out and vote.
But, as Biden was talking...
via: TwitterTrump repeatedly asked him, "Are you going to pack the court?" "He doesn't want to answer the question," Trump said. "I'm not going to answer the question," Biden responded. "Why won't he answer the question?" Trump said as he continued to talk over his opponent.
Biden, unable to complete his answer, then shut his eyes and said exasperatedly, "Would you shut up, man?"
"Would you shut up, man?" Joe Biden laments to President Trump, as the president interrupts him. "This is so unpres… https://t.co/wISJlfn5Xh— MSNBC (@MSNBC)1601429111.0
But, perhaps one of the most shocking moments?
via: Getty ImagesDonald Trump actually dropped a racial slur... on live TV.
While debating the Supreme Court and whether Amy Coney Barret should be confirmed before Election Day...
via: Getty ImagesThings took a very ugly turn.
Viewers were clearly outraged:
Pres. Trump continues to insist on using a gross racial slur to describe Sen. Warren— Allan Piper (@Allan Piper)1601243561.0
@sfpelosi Totally dislike adults naming someone else NOT by her name., NO ethics NO manners-respect— Abrazos 👑 #EasyGain (@Abrazos 👑 #EasyGain)1601444349.0
@sfpelosi I screamed FU so loudly at the tv, I frightened myself. Good to know my pipes are so strong.— Chana Jackson (@Chana Jackson)1601428841.0
Didn't take long for Trump to resort to a racial slur #PresidentialDebate2020 #Debates2020 https://t.co/OCDEHgjpuW— IN THE THICK (@IN THE THICK)1601428706.0
Biden briefly mentioned that he beat Bernie Sanders in the primary...
via: Getty ImagesTo which Trump responded with: “If Pocahontas would've left 2 days early, you would've lost every primary on Super Tuesday," referring to his Democratic opponent at the time, Senator Elizabeth Warren. “You got very lucky."
Trump’s “Pocahontas" comment went unremarked upon at the time...
via: Getty ImagesBut, the remark, of course, referred to Warren and the controversy she faced back in 2018, when she repeatedly claimed Native American ancestry.
At the time, Trump publicly accused Warren of falsely claiming her heritage.
via: Getty ImagesAnd, as a result, Warren went as far as taking a DNA test to prove it.
The results confirmed that she does indeed has Native American roots, though very distantly.
via: Getty ImagesAfter the DNA tests were revealed, Trump said: “I can no longer call her Pocahontas, because she has no Indian blood."
For those who don't know...
Trump calls Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas." First racial slur, 15 minutes in.— Michael Cohen (@Michael Cohen)1601428689.0
Warren has since apologized for taking the DNA test altogether, acknowledging the harm she had done to the community.
I may be live tweeting the debate and while I was typing this Trump has interrupted so many times, disrespected the… https://t.co/p1oeRbb8Lw— KixN'JustWearAMaskForGoodnessSake (@KixN'JustWearAMaskForGoodnessSake)1601428841.0
But, the fact that Trump brought up the racial slur yet again last night...
Trump is hurling insults about Bernie Sanders’s “manifesto” and “Pocahontas” with non-stop interruptions. He is lik… https://t.co/p0fgVpRETI— Barb McQuade (@Barb McQuade)1601428757.0
Debate aside, and it seems that worry is building over Trump breaking the "peaceful transition of power" if he loses.
Trump has repeatedly threatened to reject the results of the election, has suggested throwing out some mail-in ball… https://t.co/RTkEjA3cfP— Robert Reich (@Robert Reich)1601433203.0
The hosts of Fox & Friends claimed that Obama had actually refused a peaceful transfer of power."We keep hearing everyone say peaceful transition of power. And that's what's supposed to happen from one president to the next. But that's not at all what happened, according to these documents. There was so much chaos, and you hear from the Democrats we need peaceful transition. And they did not allow that to happen in 2016 and 2017," Earhardt said.
The host claimed that the Obama administration's investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 election was tantamount to a refusal of a peaceful transfer.And soon enough, Trump had taken to Twitter to raise a similar point.
But, many are saying that Earhardt's claims are simply not true.
@mmfa These propagandists should be off the air. How can this BS be justified.— Constant Truth (@Constant Truth)1602073998.0