Viewers have had their chance to speak out about both Donald Trump's and Joe Biden's live Q&As.
This speaks volumes...
It was an explosive one...President Donald Trump's Miami town-hall forum this evening was far from dull, to say the least.
And as for Joe Biden's forum in Philadelphia?Well, things were very different!
And as it turns out...There was actually a huge difference between the 2 candidate's forums... which is something that was highly expected in the run-up.
Now, tonight's event was originally scheduled for October 9th...
via: GettyBut was hastily canceled over coronavirus fears.
Subsequently, today's date, October 15th, was selected for the second debate...
via: GettyBut it was established almost instantly that tonight's event was to be held virtually following Trump's positive COVID test.
However, President Trump wasn't too keen on this idea...And he demanded that the debate be restored to its original, in-person format, before adding that he would refuse to take part in any virtual debate entirely.
Meanwhile, the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, was putting together his own plan to appear in an ABC News town hall in Philadelphia...
via: GettyWhich is the very thing we have been watching this evening.
But, never one to miss out on an opportunity to attack his opponent, Trump decided to take part in NBC's Miami town hall event...
via: GettyAt the exact same time as Biden's ABC appearance.
So, tonight, we have been treated to 2 separate town hall events...
via: GettyJust on different channels from different parts of the country, with undecided voters watching in the audience. Yep, I told you things had strayed slightly from the norm.
Trump's NBC forum kicked off in Miami with Savannah Guthrie earlier this evening...
via: Twitter / NBC NewsAnd it didn't take long for things to become very heated.
The President was firm in "denouncing white supremacy" when asked about it...
via: Twitter / NBC NewsAnd it's clear it struck a nerve as he began viciously interrupting Guthrie when she was questioning him on these sensitive topics.
We all know that Trump came under fire in the last debate after he failed to denounce white supremacists and the Proud Boys...
via: Twitter / GOPSo of course it was bound to be brought up tonight... and immediately, Trump was on the defense.
He was also grilled on his recent retweets containing false conspiracy theories...
Trump sneered, “So cute” at Savannah Guthrie, just in case women forgot how much contempt he holds them in. https://t.co/uDXQwFCgLj— Sarah Reese Jones (@Sarah Reese Jones)1602813827.0
But it seems that Trump still has some very loyal supporters...
via: GettyAnd some seem to be a little bit too loyal.
During the Q&A part of the forum, in which potential voters were able to directly speak to the President, a woman named Paulette was pulled up from the crowd.
via: TwitterShe seemed to be a little bit giddy to be on TV, but it turns out that it was just because she was in the presence of such a "handsome man."
Paulette, who was dazing at Trump, said:
via: Twitter"Good evening, Mr. President! I have to say, you have a great smile!"
Trump seemed smitten and thanked the besotted woman...
via: TwitterBut the internet certainly didn't agree.
People were creeped out, to say the least!
Imagine having seen so few people in your life that you think Donald Trump is handsome. https://t.co/vWphYVYhXm— Stacey Pulwer (@Stacey Pulwer)1602811161.0
Is this woman okay?Well, that is what many people are now wondering!
Was it really necessary, though?
@NBCNews Meanwhile, @JoeBiden is talking about criminal reform, renewable energy, the need for bipartisan consensus… https://t.co/aOuIB2ayX7— John Thanks the Phoencians (@John Thanks the Phoencians)1602810742.0
Now, putting Trump's besotted admirers aside...
via: GettyAll in all, his evening wasn't exactly a victory.
Some viewers have been left with no confidence in the President...It's safe to say that things aren't looking good.
But as for Joe Biden?
via: GettyWell, things aren't looking quite so bad on his side.
Biden and his moderator, George Stephanopoulos, didn't clash as much as Trump and Guthrie did.In fact, the pair seemed to get on very well and they calmly made their way through the evening's questions.
Biden was firstly asked about how he would have handled the pandemic differently if he was in office...To which he used his comparison to lambast Trump for his somewhat "uneven" response to the virus. "He missed enormous opportunities and kept saying things that weren’t true," he said, noting that Trump’s administration said the virus would go away by Easter or be eradicated by the summer heat.
And in the Q&As...Biden addressed the issue of LGBTQ+ rights, explaining to a supporter that he will "flat out change the law to gain more rights for people of the LGBTQ+ and transgender community."
There's no denying that Biden has gained some more supporters tonight...
@ABC How is anyone still undecided?!? VP Biden shares compassion and empathy, we yearn for this so badly #VoteBidenHarris2020— Dianne, RN BSN 🇺🇸🇳🇱😷 (@Dianne, RN BSN 🇺🇸🇳🇱😷)1602811458.0
We all knew before the forums took place that there would be a huge difference...
via: GettyBut perhaps the biggest difference that has been noticed?
The contrast of each candidate's topics of discussion... in real time.
The President won’t disavow Q https://t.co/bHZFsIrzP2— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn Torabi)1602807993.0
Biden's point opened up a few home truths.
At the same moment that Trump was refusing to disavow QAnon, Biden on ABC was saying that "when a president doesn't… https://t.co/LSu2RftTmy— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1602810492.0
This speaks volumes.
via: GettyAt the very moment Trump embraced QAnon, Biden embraced science.
Remember, every vote counts.
In a race to be President of the United States only one candidate sees a nation of states; united. Amazing.— Dan Rather (@Dan Rather)1602725755.0