We did it, everyone.
It‘s Friday, Election Day is 11 days away, and all of the 2020 presidential debates are over.
If you skipped the debate Thursday night and just caught up, here’s some good news: The second of the two presidential debates was much more watchable and less chaotic than the first. The bad news? There was no fly this time.
There was, however, a rarely used mute button and a lot of talk about a strong performance from the debate moderator. And President Trump criticized New York at one point during the event, and New York’s Twitter didn’t take it particularly well.
Here’s a look at what the internet found to be memorable about the 90-minute event.
The moderator was actually moderate.
Kristen Welker of NBC News has received overwhelmingly positive reviews for her quick and to the point questions and for managing to more or less keep the debate on track.
Many observers of the debate have pointed out that even Mr. Trump, who had criticized Ms. Welker ahead of the debate, went out of his way to say, “I respect the way you are handling this very much.
At another point in the debate, Mr. Trump repeatedly insisted that he was “the least racist person in this room.” This play, viewers quickly noticed, included Mrs. Welker, a black woman.
We have tried to tell you.
Yes, there would be a mute button. But as we reported ahead of Thursday’s debate, it would only be used for the first two minutes each candidate has to answer questions from the moderator, and the moderator, Ms Welker, would not be the person controlling the button – this task was left to the production team of the debate committee.
Many viewers were wanting more mute. And while some knew the button was not within Ms Welker’s reach, exactly who controlled it and why that person didn’t move it more often remained a mystery to the masses.
News media, including The New York Times, is often accused of having an “East Coast bias” and of being too focused on events in New York, where many journalists live and work (like the one who wrote this article).
Thursday’s debate vividly showed how many members of the political media actually reside there. Almost immediately after Mr Trump called New York a ‘ghost town’ – as part of his argument that bustling cities and businesses were being damaged by overzealous government responses to the coronavirus pandemic – Twitter exploded with a torrent of unworthy replicas.
Some New Yorkers, at least, had a sense of humor about it.
And finally …
It has been a long year, and some debate-watchers couldn’t wait for Thursday night’s event to end without mercy.
But are we at least a little sad that this is the last debate of this cycle?
Yes, yes we are.