Donald Trump made some very bold claims last night during the third and final presidential debates, but perhaps his most outrageous comment? Well, claiming that nobody has done more than him for the black community, with a "possible exception" of Abraham Lincoln...
Now, as you will know, the third and final presidential debate has come and gone.
via: GettyAfter months of mounting tensions, Trump and his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, faced each other for one last time before the election.
Last night was just as crucial for both Trump and Biden...
via: GettyBecause, though Biden has a significant lead in the national polls, the gap between him and Trump is gradually reducing in the battleground states.
However, the evening ran a little differently from the other debates.
via: GettyRemember the first presidential debate, wherein Trump and Biden incessantly spoke over and interrupted one another?
It was utterly shambolic, wasn't it?
via: GettyAnd the second debate fared no better.
Following President Trump's coronavirus diagnosis, a virtual debate was pitched...
via: GettyBut, of course, the president refused point-blank to do this. So, in a historic first, the second debate was canceled and both candidates went on to attend their own town hall events - on different channels, at the exact same time.
And, in order for the third event to actually take place (and in an orderly manner...)
via: GettyThe Commission on Presidential Debates came up with a new rule.
The ninety-minute debate was divided into fifteen-minute segments...
via: GettyAnd at the start of each new topic, each candidate had 2 minutes of uninterrupted time during which the opponent’s microphone was firmly switched off.
Both campaigns agreed to the new rule...
via: GettyAnd, as has been done before, the moderator ensured that equal amounts of time were given to both the speakers over the course of the ninety minutes.
Of course, anticipations for this crucial event were unbelievably high...
via: GettyMainly because this was Trump's last chance to salvage the little reputation he has left.
But, almost instantly...
via: GettyThe president seemed to be struggling with the debates new "no interruptions" rule.
I mean, we all knew this would happen, didn't we?
via: GettyAdmittedly, Trump allowed Biden to have his say (though this may be thanks to his muted microphone).
But his face said it all.
via: GettyTrump doesn't have the best poker face in the world, and it was majorly giving away his struggle with silence last night.
And, of course, people were quick to point it out online.
Watching Donald Trump try to control himself is the most hilarious thing ever. His instinct is to interrupt and nev… https://t.co/nGobTWe7EO— FlyntofRWBY (@FlyntofRWBY)1603416034.0
However, there was one aspect of the evening that people didn't find quite so amusing.
via: GettyMany Twitter users have been quick to point out Trump's "condescending" and "disrespectful" addresses towards the female moderator, Kristen Walker.
His frustration with the muted mic was evident...
via: GettyAnd, whenever Welker attempted to move onto Biden's moment to speak, Trump's tone was quick to turn icy.
When he wasn't talking over her, he was using a quick, yet sharp "excuse me"...
“Excuse me” - President Donald Trump to the moderator when she tried to interject #osunewsdebate— Mary Kidwell (@Mary Kidwell)1603416861.0
People were not happy...
@realDonaldTrump “Excuse me.” Trump is condescending to yet another woman in power. What an asshole.— DrB and RBG (@DrB and RBG)1603416827.0
Many have even questioned why Welker is allowing this kind of tone to be used against her."She needs to shut the liar down!"
And of course...
via: GettyWhen it came to the important topics being discussed, Trump didn't fail to make some outrageous comments.
And perhaps his most outrageous?
via: Twitter / Sky NewsWell, it was his comments when discussing the topic of racism in America, of course!
People weren't impressed at what Trump had to say about the black community here in America...
via: FacebookAnd especially how he brought up former president, Abraham Lincoln.
Responding to a question from Welker about whether comments he has made in the recent past have contributed to "a climate of hate and racial strife"...
via: Twitter / Sky NewsTrump said that he is "the least racist person in this room."
Elaborating on the subject, Trump then said:
via: Twitter / Sky News"Nobody has done more for the black community than Donald Trump. And if you look, with the exception of Abraham Lincoln, possible exception but the exception of Abraham Lincoln, nobody has done what I’ve done."
Joe Biden hit back with:
via: Twitter / Sky News"Abraham Lincoln here is one of the most racist presidents we've had in modern history... He [Trump] pours fuel on every single racist fire, every single one. Started off his campaign coming down the escalator saying he’s going to get rid of those Mexican rapists. He’s banned Muslims because they’re Muslims. He has moved around and made everything worse across the board."
You can witness Trump's comments for yourselves here:
US President Donald Trump has said that only Abraham Lincoln, who abolished slavery, has done more for black Americ… https://t.co/MKE9AJ7o3d— Sky News (@Sky News)1603431900.0