Tuesday evening saw US President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden take to the stage for the first presidential debate of the 2020 campaign.
The event quickly went off the rails and the global pandemic was among the many topics the two clashed over.
Biden criticized Trump's handling of the crisis and his failure to produce a health care plan.
In turn, Trump openly said the vaccine process is political and mocked Biden for wearing a mask.
“I mean, I have a mask right here, I put a mask on it, you know, when I think I need it, tonight as an example everybody's had a test and you've had social distancing and all of the things that you have to, but I wear a mask when needed," Trump told moderator Chris Wallace.
He added: “I mean, I don't have, I don't wear masks like [Biden], every time you see him he's got a mask, he could be speaking 200 feet away from it, he shows up with the biggest mask I've ever seen."
The scaled-down audience at the event also brought the health crisis into the debate hall. And Biden made multiple references to the 200,000 Americans who have died.
Instead of a robust defense of his record, Trump sought to claim a hypothetical President Biden would have done worse.
But despite Biden's attempts to inject the health crisis back into the discussion, the debate devolved into arguments and bickering that ultimately did not center on Covid-19, which has now killed 1 million people.
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