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Trump-Biden debate recap, reactions and analysis: Live updates



Trump-Biden debate recap, reactions and analysis: Live updates

Biden addresses debate performance: ‘I don’t debate as well as I used to’

President Joe Biden is facing mounting criticisms and calls for him to step out of the 2024 presidential race after his poor performance in the debate against Donald Trump – this time with the New York Times editorial board calling for him to drop out

“The clearest path for Democrats to defeat a candidate defined by his lies is to deal truthfully with the American public: acknowledge that Mr. Biden can’t continue his race, and create a process to select someone more capable to stand in his place to defeat Mr. Trump in November,” the editorial board wrote on Friday.

It arrives after the president gave a fiery speech at a campaign rally in North Carolina where he acknowledged his age and limitations but said the stakes were too high and promised he could do the job

Meanwhile, Trump is capitalizing on the opportunity to flaunt his better-perceived performance during the debate by bragging on Truth Social. The former president claimed reporters praised him for having the “greatest debate performance”

Trump repeated lies and falsehoods throughout, often failing to answer questions. He declined to directly answer if he would accept November’s results.


Memo reveals Trump’s plans to cut Republican platform: report

Donald Trump’s advisers are reportedly planning to significantly cut the Republican National Party’s platform to make it entirely consistent and focused on the former president’s 2024 campaign and agenda, according to a memo seen by The New York Times.

The memo allegedly describes an effort to reduce the GOP’s platform to “ensure our policy commitments to the American people are clear, concise and easily digestible.”

It said that publishing unnecessary “verbose treatise” gives Democrats leverage to use in launching attacks against the party.

“It is with that recognition that we will present a streamlined platform in line with President Trump’s principled and popular vision for America’s future,” The Times reported on Saturday.

The memo was sent on Thursday – nearly a month before the Republican Party plans to host its annual convention.

Ariana Baio29 June 2024 18:00


Supreme Court will decide Trump immunity case on Monday

Chief Justice John Roberts of the Supreme Court said that Monday will be the final day of the court’s term meaning the remaining decisions, including Donald Trump’s immunity appeal, will be released.

The court has been sitting on the decision in the consequential case for months. It was initially argued in April.

Ariana Baio29 June 2024 17:30


Why the Supreme Court’s Jan. 6 ruling will only impact a handful of rioters

The Supreme Court’s decision to narrow how Jan. 6 defendants may be charged with “obstruction of an official proceeding” will likely only impact a small number of convicted rioters.

“The decision will not have tremendous significance in the January 6 cases, including that of former president Trump, because in almost all cases there are other charges that have a felony status alongside the obstruction charge,” said William Banks, a professor at Syracuse University College of Law.

Though no defendant was solely charged with obstruction of an official proceeding, there are 27 people who pleaded guilty only to the obstruction charge.

Ariana Baio29 June 2024 17:00


Trump brags about debate performance on Truth Social

Donald Trump is taking advantage of the fallout from the first presidential debate and bragging about how well he performed in it.

On Truth Social, the former president claimed that political reporters “screamed” that he had “the greatest debate performance.”

“They all said, effectively, “Trump was fantastic!” This theme was universal, even at CNN & MSDNC, but by Friday evening it was all about the poor performance of Crooked Joe, and not so much about how well I did. Oh well, that’s the way it is but, importantly, the result is the same!!!” Trump wrote on Saturday.

Ariana Baio29 June 2024 16:20


New York Times editorial board calls on Biden to drop out of the 2024 race

The editorial comes after the president appeared frail during the Thursday evening debate. His voice was soft and raspy, which his campaign attributed to a cold. He also interrupted himself and gave rambling answers to multiple questions. Vice President Kamala Harris even admitted Biden struggled: “Yes, it was a slow start,” she said Thursday. “That’s obvious to everyone.”

“The president appeared on Thursday night as the shadow of a great public servant,” the board wrote on Friday night. “He struggled to explain what he would accomplish in a second term.

“He struggled to respond to Mr. Trump’s provocations,” the board continued. “He struggled to hold Mr. Trump accountable for his lies, his failures and his chilling plans. More than once, he struggled to make it to the end of a sentence.”

While the editorial board said Biden would be their “unequivocal” pick over Trump, they called on the Democratic party to put forward a new candidate.

Katie Hawkinson29 June 2024 15:45


Biden tells Trump he has ‘morals of an alley cat’

Joe Biden laid into Donald Trump over his alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniels at the first debate, slamming the former president for having the “morals of an alley cat”.

The debate in Atlanta was widely seen as a chaotic performance with the president stumbling over answers and rambling. Trump meanwhile spouted lies and falsehoods throughout, mostly failing to answer questions and had to be pressed three times on whether he would accept the 2024 election results.

Katie Hawkinson has the story.

Oliver O’Connell29 June 2024 15:15


Trump claims ‘big victory’ over Biden one day after presidential debate

Donald Trump claimed he had a “big victory” against Joe Biden one day after the first television debate of the 2024 presidential election cycle. The current US president struggled badly against his opponent as Democrats looked on in horror, appearing low in energy during the CNN showdown in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr Biden’s predecessor, meanwhile, repeated lies and falsehoods throughout the exchange; He often failed to answer questions and was pressed three times on whether he would accept November’s results. “We had a big victory against a man that really is looking to destroy our country,” Trump claimed.

Oliver O’Connell29 June 2024 14:45


Biden comes out swinging at Trump after debate disaster

Hours after the first presidential debate, where he struggled to keep up with Donald Trump’s avalanche of lies and couldn’t to string together coherent sentences,a visibly energized Joe Biden acknowledged the previous night’s failures in fired-up remarks to a raucous rally crowd in North Carolina.

Oliver O’Connell29 June 2024 14:15


ICYMI: Trump bulldozes Biden with lies while stumbling president fails to keep up

But within minutes into their debate rematch ahead of the 2024 presidential election on Thursday, it appeared that the only thing standing in the way of that dark vision of America’s future was a frail 81-year-old man who couldn’t respond to a 90-minute stream of lies.

Oliver O’Connell29 June 2024 13:15


Biden makes pit stop at Waffle House in Atlanta after first presidential debate

Joe Biden and his wife Jill stopped at a Waffle House in the Atlanta area early on Friday morning (28 June) and told customers “I think we did well” in the presidential debate. The unexpected visit came shortly after the president’s heated clash with rival Donald Trump on CNN. Walking into the restaurant, the pair were warmly received by diners and staff, with many taking the opportunity to snap photos and share a few words with the president and first lady. During Thursday night’s debate, Biden sounded hoarse and delivered a shaky, halting performance while his Republican rival Trump battered him with a series of often false attacks.

Oliver O’Connell29 June 2024 11:15

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