Republican US President Donald Trump defended his quick attempt to occupy a seat in the US Supreme Court at the start of his first presidential debate with Democratic rival Joe Biden on Tuesday. He said “elections have consequences” and that despite democratic objections, he has the right.
“I’ll tell you very simply that we won the election, elections have consequences. We have the Senate and the White House and we have a phenomenal candidate who is respected by everyone,” Trump said in defense of his candidate, the conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
Speaking of frequent interruptions from Trump, Biden said the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat would be occupied after the November 3 elections when it was clear who the president would be.
“We should wait, we should wait and see what the outcome of this election is,” Biden said, adding that a more conservative Supreme Court would jeopardize the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare.
Trump is quick to occupy Ginsburg’s seat in hopes of cementing a conservative majority of 6-3 in the square, a key priority for socially conservatives.
Democrats have argued that Republicans are hypocritical for acting quickly to occupy the seat after blocking then-President Barack Obama’s nomination for the Supreme Court in 2016. They argue that they should wait until after the November elections.
Trump repeatedly interrupted Biden while trying to answer questions and at one point asked Biden to intervene: “Are you going to shut up, man?”
With more than a million Americans casting early ballots and running out of time to change their minds or influence the small fraction of undecided voters, the stakes were enormous when the two White House candidates five weeks before Took the stage on election day.
The two contenders didn’t shake hands as they entered the debate and adhered to social distancing protocols during the coronavirus pandemic.
77-year-old Biden has a consistent lead over 74-year-old Trump in national opinion polls, despite polls in the battlefield states that will determine the election show tighter competition.
The 90-minute debate, with a personal audience limited and socially distant due to the pandemic, was held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, with Fox News’ Chris Wallace moderating. It is the first of three planned presidential debates and a vice-presidential debate.
Organizers said there were about 80 people in the audience, including the candidates’ family members, campaign workers, hosts, health and safety officials, and journalists.
The flammable Trump and the more reluctant Biden discussed a number of pressing political challenges, including the pandemic that killed more than 200,000 people in the United States and left millions of people unemployed, protests for racial justice, as well as the fight for them in the Supreme Court.
Hours before the debate, Biden released his 2019 tax returns and his campaign urged Trump, who has come under fire for failing to publish his tax returns, to do the same.
Biden took the move two days after the New York Times reported that Trump paid just $ 750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017 – and none in 10 of the last 15 years – after years of heavy corporate losses had reported.
Trump had long tried to keep his personal financial records secret.
Biden’s taxes revealed that he and his wife Jill paid more than $ 346,000 in federal taxes and other payments for 2019 on income of nearly $ 985,000 before seeking a refund of nearly $ 47,000, of which they said they overpaid the government.
(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by GossipMantri staff and published from a syndicated feed.)