It was a rare scene where some of the president’s most ardent supporters in conservative media criticized him, an indication of how bad Trump fared in the showdown with Biden.
“Donald Trump blew up the biggest debate in the history of debates by failing to condemn white supremacists,” said co-host Brian Kilmeade, referring to the moment Trump refused to condemn white supremacists, after being asked if he would be willing to join debate host Chris Wallace.
“I don’t know if he didn’t hear it, but he needs to sort it out now,” added Kilmeade. “It’s like, ‘Are you against evil?'”
Stephen Moore, the conservative media personality who advised Trump on economic issues, recommended that Trump show the forum more respect in future debates.
“The president has interrupted way too much,” said Moore. “Mr. President, please don’t do that in the next debate.”
In one of the more visually striking moments, Ari Fleischer, the former White House press secretary for President George W. Bush, held up a whiteboard with three pieces of advice for Trump: “1.) Interrupt less 2.) Flail Biden 3.) Grasp yourself it together. “
“That is the clean technology to drive home the points that the president wants to bring home,” said Fleischer.
The debate between Trump and Biden on Tuesday night was chaotic, dominated by Trump’s frequent interjections and an outright refusal to obey the rules.
Early signs suggest voters disapprove of Trump’s performance. A CNN instant poll found that debate watchers believed Biden beat Trump in the debate. 60% said Biden won, compared to 28% for Trump.