Commentators did not hesitate to express their indignation against the first 2020 presidential debate between Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent Joe Biden. The debate was characterized by the prevalence of hostility, insults, accusations, and constant interruptions. Some writers even described it as the most juvenile presidential debate in US history, explaining that it resembled the childish taunts of two youngsters wagging their tongues at each other after quarreling. The media called on the opponents to rise to the occasion by raising the level of discourse. However, in my opinion, the time for civilized classical debates has long passed and both opponents are fully aware that the media nowadays favors this type of vulgarity and animosity.
US President Donald Trump walks to the White House. (AP)
US Ambassador to Israel David Melech Friedman and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner applaud after US President Donald Trump announced a peace deal between Israel and the UAE from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, US, August 13, 2020. (Reuters)