The first presidential debate was painful to watch for many reasons. The sitting president of the United States failed to condemn white supremacy when asked, and while both President Trump and Joe Biden spoke nearly constantly, they didn't say much of value.
It was disappointing for stressed parents who would have rather heard more about policy and the future of America instead of watching two men interrupt and insult each other.
The candidates spent a significant amount of time talking over each other, asking the other to shut up and deflecting questions from moderator Chris Wallace, whose position was instantly relatable to any parent who has had to ask their children to stop squabbling at the dinner table.
These viral tweets sum up the debate perfectly:
Can Chris Wallace be replaced with a mom who’s been home with her kids since March? #Debates2020— Wendi Aarons (@WendiAarons) 1601428448.0
I let my 9yo stay up to watch this and after 30 minutes he was like “Actually I’d rather be in bed.”— Emily McCombs (@msemilymccombs) 1601430495.0
Chris Wallace's debate performance tonight is a great reminder that kindergarten teachers are underpaid. #Debates2020— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) 1601429490.0
I can't believe I was ever told that women are too emotional to be president— Adrianna McIntyre (@onceuponA) 1601431267.0
*Slams hands down on table* "THAT'S IT. WE'RE GOING HOME." -Chris Wallace moderating if he was a mom of young children.— Melissa Keyes Nelson (@MelNelKeyes) 1601431832.0
You can hear the frustration in Chris Wallace’s voice. As the mother of small children, I know that tone well. #Debates2020— Anna Staver (@AnnaStaver) 1601432384.0
Chris Wallace reminds me of every time I tried to babysit a toddler and just completely gave up after like 10 minut… https://t.co/x0M9VoeGuZ— Jillian Sederholm (@JillianSed) 1601432347.0
These tweets make light of an incredibly sad night in the history of American politics and there are two more to come. President Trump and Joe Biden have two more debates ahead of them. C-SPAN editor Steve Scully will moderate the October 15 debate in Miami debate and NBC's Kristen Welker will moderate in Tennessee on October 22.