- The digital edition of the New York Times wrote that President Trump was incorrect, with a "volcanic" behavior, full of "untruths" and bulldozer tactics.
- “It was a rough night when the President even argued with the moderator of the debate,” writes El Universal.
- “I used to admire this kind of televised debate in American politics, but I have much more mixed feelings when watch it again now,” wrote China's Global Times.
Many newspapers at home and abroad reacted overnight to the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, held in Cleveland, Ohio. Almost unanimously, the papers analyzed it as one marred by chaos, confusion, and insults.
The digital edition of the New York Times wrote that President Trump was incorrect, with a “volcanic” behavior, full of “untruths” and bulldozer tactics. The New York Times points out that the two participants in the debate missed the point as they merely majored on personal attacks as opposed to elaborating on key issues.
The Washington Post, in its electronic edition, focuses on Trump’s continuous interruptions and insults directed to his opponent, Joe Biden.
Beyond the US borders, Mexican newspaper La Reforma published in its digital edition that “Biden and Trump had a chaotic debate.”
El Universal writes that it was “a night of insults and that the Democratic Party candidate fell into Trump’s trap,” responding and having been constantly interrupted. “It was a rough night when the President even argued with the moderator of the debate,” writes the Mexico City newspaper.
North of the border, The Toronto Star notes that it was a “chaotic” moment, and that Canadians who tuned into the US presidential debate saw “chaos” from “across the border.” The Star stressed that Canada’s economy it depends “a lot” on the neighboring country.
The Star also points out that Joe Biden called Trump a “liar,” and was constantly interrupted by the President of the United States. The Journal de Québec, in French, called the debate “laughable,” and marked by “cacophony.”
Spain’s El País writes that Biden managed to face the attacks of the head of state, who used the “same techniques” that he used in the 2016 elections. The Australian’s editor, Paul Kelly, describes the debate as an “spiteful, chaotic, abusive, often out-of-control brawling encounter with both candidates revealing their contempt for each other.”
Hu Xijin, editor of China’s nationalistic Communist Party tabloid Global Times, in an opinion piece wrote that “chaos, interruptions, personal attacks and insults” on display were a reflection of America’s “overarching division, anxiety and the accelerating erosion of the system’s original advantages.”
“I used to admire this kind of televised debate in American politics, but I have much more mixed feelings when watch it again now,” wrote Hu. “Indeed, the overall image of the United States is growing more and more complicated in my eyes,” Hu added
In the Middle East, the debate in the press is centered on the moment when Biden affirms, “Inshallah” (“God willing,” in Arabic) when Trump promises to divulge his tax returns.
Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, an Emirates political scientist, described the debate on Twitter as a “tumultuous verbal battle.” He wondered, “how did America reach this level of political decline?”