US election 2020 – Trump's mic could be MUTED at next Biden debate to stop President interrupting

DONALD Trump's microphone could be MUTED at the next presidential debate to stop him interrupting, organizers have warned.

Tuesday night's head-to-head between Donald Trump and Joe Biden was widely seen as a disaster with constant interruptions and insults on both sides.

To prevent this happening in the two remaining clashes, the commission that oversees US presidential debates says it will axe the current format and bring in new measures to help the debate flow.

One measure is expected to be cutting the microphone is one of the candidates tries to interrupt the other – something President Trump's team has already criticized.

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  • Christy Cooney

    DEBATE HOST 'NEVER DREAMT IT WOULD GO OFF THE TRACKS LIKE IT DID'

    Chris Wallace, the host of Tuesday's debate between President Trump and Joe Biden, has said he “never dreamt that it would go off the tracks the way it did”.

    The quality of the debate drew criticism following repeated interruptions by the president and name-calling by both candidates.

    Speaking to the New York Times, Wallace, normally an anchor for Fox News, said: “I’m just sad with the way last night turned out.”

    “I’ve read some of the reviews. I know people think, well, gee, I didn’t jump in soon enough.

    “I guess I didn’t realize – and there was no way you could, hindsight being 20/20 – that this was going to be the president’s strategy, not just for the beginning of the debate but the entire debate.”

  • Christy Cooney

    'I DON'T KNOW WHO THE PROUD BOYS ARE', SAYS TRUMP

    President Trump has said he doesn't know who the Proud Boys are following criticism over his reluctance to condemn them in Tuesday night's debate.

    Leaving the White House yesterday afternoon, Trump said: “I don’t know who the Proud Boys are.

    “Whoever they are they need to stand down.”

    During a conversation about race on Tuesday, Trump was asked if he would publicly condemn white supremacist groups, with Proud Boys cited as an example.

    “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by,” he replied.

  • Christy Cooney

    TRUMP GAVE PROUD BOYS A 'NEW EMBLEM', SAYS BIDEN

    President Trump gave far-right group Proud Boys a “new emblem” when he hesitated to condemn them during Tuesday's debate, Joe Biden has said.

    Invited to condemn the group during a conversation about white supremacy, the president said: “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.”

    Speaking on Wednesday, Biden said: “They got a new emblem now, literally.

    “It says ‘Stand down and stand by’, implying that if [Trump] loses the election something may have to be done.”

  • Christy Cooney

    TRUMP HITS OUT AT DEBATE HOST AMID NEW RULES ROW

    President Trump has hit out at debate host Chris Wallace amid the row over the quality of the discussion during Tuesday night's debate.

    The president has faced criticism for frequently interrupting and talking over opponent Joe Biden during the conversation.

    The Commission on Presidential Debates has said new rules will be introduced ahead of the next event to “ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues”.

    Taking to twitter following the announcement, Trump wrote: “Try getting a new Anchor and a smarter Democrat candidate!”

  • Christy Cooney

    DEBATE PULLS IN 65 MILLION VIEWERS

    Tuesday night's presidential debate drew almost 65million viewers across the US.

    Some 64.7million people watched the event on eight channels, Nielsen said.

    The figure was down on the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in 2016, seen by 84million people, although streaming viewership is still yet to be confirmed.

    Livestreams hosted on Youtube by the Wall Street Journal, ABC, Fox News, and CBS reportedly garnered a combined total of at least 20million views.

  • Christy Cooney

    TRUMP A 'NATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT', SAYS BIDEN

    Joe Biden has labelled President Trump a “national embarrassment” following Tuesday night's fractious debate.

    Frequent interruptions by the president and name-calling by both candidates have led to widespread criticism and plans for new rules ahead of the next event.

    Biden was speaking at one of a number of planned speaking stops across Ohio and Pennsylvania.

    Asked what he would say to undecided voters who were put off by the tone of the debate, Biden said: “I can understand it.

    “Maybe I shouldn’t say this, but the president of the United States conducted himself the way he did, I think it was just a national embarrassment.”

  • Christy Cooney

    BORAT 2 TO BE RELEASED AHEAD OF ELECTION

    A sequel to Sacha Baron Cohen's 2006 hit Borat is to be released ahead of the US election.

    The original film featured Cohen as a hapless Kazakh journalist travelling around the US to learn about the country's culture.

    Cohen last reprised the role for a sketch about election tampering on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last November.

    The full title of the film will be “Borat: Gift of Pornographic Monkey to Vice Premiere Mikhael Pence to Make Benefit Recently Diminished Nation of Kazakhstan”, NME reports.

    The film will be released on Amazon Prime ahead of the election, which is set to take place on November 3.

  • Christy Cooney

    TRUMP TEAM CRITICISES RULE CHANGE PLANS

    Donald Trump's campaign has criticised planned changes to the rules governing the presidential debates.

    The Commission on Presidential Debates said that crosstalk and name-calling during the first debate had “made clear that additional structure should be added to the format… to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues”.

    Taking to twitter following the announcement, the president wrote: “Try getting a new Anchor and a smarter Democrat candidate!”

    His campaign communications director, Tim Murtaugh, told the BBC: “They are only doing this because their guy got pummelled last night.

    “They shouldn't be moving the goalposts and changing the rules in the middle of the game.”

  • Christy Cooney

    VACCINE WON'T BE READY FOR US ELECTION, SAYS MODERNA CHIEF

    The chief executive of Moderna, one of the American companies currently working on a coronavirus vaccine, has said the jab won't be available ahead of the US election.

    The comments come after President Trump said during Tuesday night's debate that the country was “weeks away from a vaccine”.

    Speaking to the Financial times on Wednesday, Moderna's Stéphane Bancel said the company would not be applying for emergency use authorisation from the Food and Drug Administration until at least November 25.

    The US election is set to take place on November 3.

    Bancel added he didn't think the vaccine would be ready for use by the wider population until next spring.

  • Christy Cooney

    MICROPHONES COULD BE CUT TO STOP INTERRUPTIONS IN SECOND DEBATE

    The microphones worn by the two candidates in the remaining presidential debates could be cut if they interrupt one another, reports say.

    The measure is one of a number reportedly being considered following criticism of the quality of the first debate.

    The conversation on Tuesday frequently descended into crosstalk and name-calling.

    The Commission on Presidential Debates said the night “made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues”.

    The Commission will reportedly be drawing up new guidelines over the next 48 hours.

  • Christy Cooney

    DEBATE A 'GREAT MOMENT', SAYS PROUD BOYS LEADER

    The leader of the Proud Boys has said it was a “great moment” when the group was mentioned during Tuesday's presidential debate.

    President Trump was invited to condemn the group during a conversation about white supremacy, responding: “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.”

    Speaking to Sky News, Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio denied the group was racist.

    “I'm a 'person of colour', I'm a brown person, I'm chairman of the organisation [and] I got voted in,” he said.

    “I think it was a great moment that we were mentioned on stage.”

  • Christy Cooney

    POPE DECLINES POMPEO MEETING AHEAD OF ELECTION

    Pope Francis declined to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week because he does not want to become involved in the US election, Vatican officials have said.

    Pompeo is on a four-day visit to Italy this week to hold a series of talks with government ministers.

    In an article published last month, Pompeo also criticised the Catholic Church over the planned renewal of a two-year pact with China concerning the appointment of bishops.

    Pompeo said that religious freedom was “under assault” in China and that the deal jeopardised the “moral authority” of the Church.

    Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said the pope wouldn't meet with Pompeo because he does not receive political figures during election periods.

  • Kassidy Vavra

    FACEBOOK WON'T ALLOW POLITICAL ADS THAT 'SEEK TO DELEGITIMIZE' ELECTION

    Tech giant Facebook announced that it will not allow ads that “seek to delegitimize” the election, amid a crackdown announced last week.

    Rod Leathern, Product Manager at Facebook, revealed the policy on Twitter.

    “Last week we said we’d prohibit ads that make premature declarations of victory. We also won’t allow ads with content that seeks to delegitimize the outcome of an election,” Leathern tweeted.

    He added in another tweet: “For example, this would include calling a method of voting inherently fraudulent or corrupt, or using isolated incidents of voter fraud to delegitimize the result of an election.”

    Leathern added that the policy is “effective immediately” across Facebook and Twitter.

  • Kassidy Vavra

    TWITTER SHUT DOWN OVER 100 IRANIAN ACCOUNTS TRYING TO 'DISRUPT' DEBATE

    Twitter announced on Wednesday that they shut down around 130 accounts that had tried to “disrupt” Tuesday night's presidential debate.

    “Based on intel provided by the @FBI, last night we removed approximately 130 accounts that appeared to originate in Iran,” Twitter safety said in a tweet.

    Twitter said the accounts were trying “to disrupt the public conversation” during the presidential debate.

    “We identified these accounts quickly, removed them from Twitter, and shared full details with our peers, as standard,” Twitter wrote.

    “They had very low engagement and did not make an impact on the public conversation.”

  • Kassidy Vavra

    VOTING MACHINE CONTROLS STOLEN IN PHILLY

    Voting machine USB controls and an employee laptop were stolen this week, the Philadelphia City Commissioners office confirmed to KYW-TV.

    Officials have said that the stolen USB drives are encrypted to prevent tampering, and that the laptop is not used to program or interact with the flash drives.

    The theft came days after a small number of pro-Trump ballots were found trashed in the same state.

    Read our story here.

  • Kassidy Vavra

    DEBATE COMMISSION ANNOUNCES CHANGES AMID TUESDAY CHAOS

    The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced it will be making changes “to ensure a more orderly discussion” amid chaos on Tuesday night.

    “Last night’s debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues,” the CPD said in a statement.

    The Commission added that it “will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly.”

    “The Commission is grateful to Chris Wallace for the professionalism and skill he brought to last night’s debate and intends to ensure that additional tools to maintain order are in place for the remaining debates,” the CPD added.

  • Kassidy Vavra

    BIDEN SAYS AMERICANS 'SHOULDN'T HAVE TO BEG' TRUMP TO CONDEMN WHITE SUPREMACY

    Joe Biden said Americans “shouldn't have to beg” President Trump to condemn white supremacy in a tweet on Wednesday.

    “White supremacy has no place in America,” Biden tweeted.

    “We shouldn’t have to beg the President of the United States to say that,” he added.

    Biden's comment came after Trump shifted focus to left-wing groups and Antifa when asked if he would condemn white supremacy during the Tuesday debate.

  • Kassidy Vavra

    SENIOR TRUMP CAMPAIGN ADVISER STEPS DOWN

    Brad Parscale, a senior adviser to President Trump's reelection campaign, has stepped down.

    In a statement to Politico, Parscale confirmed he is stepping down from his role – just weeks after he was demoted from his former role as campaign manager in July.

    “I am stepping away from my company and any role in the campaign for the immediate future to focus on my family and get help dealing with the overwhelming stress,” Parscale said in the statement to Politico.

    Parscale's departure came after he was involuntarily detained by police over the weekend.

    His wife Candice had claimed that he made suicidal comments and physically abused her, according to a police report obtained by Politico.

    Candice later denied in a statement that her husband physically abused her, Politico reported.

  • Kassidy Vavra

    TRUMP TO HOLD LARGE WISCONSIN RALLIES DESPITE WH COVID TASK FORCE WARNINGS

    President Trump is slated to hold large rallies across Wisconsin this weekend – despite social distance warnings from the White House coronavirus task force, The Washington Post reports.

    Trump's own task force called for social distancing “to the maximal degree possible,” as parts of the state where the rallies are set to be held are in “red zones,” according to documents viewed by The Post.

    The “red zones” indicate areas with high community spread of COVID-19.

    Trump on Tuesday night defended holding rallies with tens of thousands of people, saying because they're held outside that there is less risk of coronavirus spread.

  • Hana Carter

    TRUMP DENIES KNOWING WHO THE PROUD BOYS ARE

    President Donald Trump has said he “doesn't know who the Proud Boys are” a day after telling them to “stand back and stand by” during the first presidential debate.

    On Wednesday, the president told the press that he has “always denounced” white supremacy, before claiming that he doesn't know the right-wing militant group.

    “I don't know who the Proud Boys are,” Trump said. “You'll have to give me a definition because I really don't know who they are. I can only say they have to stand down and let law enforcement do their work”

    Trump also called out Democratic candidate Joe Biden for not talking about Antifa, according to the Daily Mail.

    “Now, Antifa is a real problem,” he said. “Because the problem is on the left. And Biden refuses to talk about it. He refuses to issue the word 'Law and order.' You saw that last night when he choked up.”

    The president's comments come less than 24 hours after the first presidential debate where he called on the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” when asked to denounce white supremacy.

    The Proud Boys is a white nationalist hate group that was founded in 2016.

  • Hana Carter

    AMERICANS GOOGLED 'HOW TO MOVE TO CANADA' AFTER DEBATE

    Google reported a spike in Americans searching “How to apply for Canadian citizenship” in the hour after the debate.

    Searches initially peaked about an hour into the debate.

    The most popular area for search was in Massachusetts, followed by Washington and Michigan.

    This is not a surprise however, every election Google sees a swath of voters looking at potentially moving to Canada.

  • Hana Carter

    BIDEN CALLS TRUMP 'OBNOXIOUS'

    Biden, who branded Trump “a clown” tweeted: “Ignore the polls, ignore his tweets, ignore his obnoxious debate performance.We have to stay focused. We have to win.”

    This came an hour after he touched down in Greensburg, saving to cheering crowds.

  • Hana Carter

    TRUMP BOASTS TV RATINGS AND 'SAVING MINNEAPOLIS'

    In his latest tweet, Trump wrote: “Just landed in Minnesota. Hasn’t been won by a Republican since 1972, and we saved Minneapolis.

    “Also opened the massive and beautiful Iron Range, which Obama and Sleepy Joe closed. Thousands of jobs started back. They will close again. How can we lose?”

    This comes after he took a swipe at the world media, writing: “HIGHEST CABLE TELEVISION RATINGS OF ALL TIME. SECOND HIGHEST OVERALL TELEVISION RATINGS OF ALL TIME. Some day these Fake Media Companies are going to miss me, very badly!!”

  • Hana Carter

  • Hana Carter

    BIDEN'S QUOTES TO TRUMP

    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden fired back at Donald Trump during the duo's first debate – and delivered an epic now-viral demand to 'shut up'. Here's some of Biden's best quotes:

    His rival's record: “You’re the worst president America has ever had.”

    Supreme Court: “Will you shut up, man? This is so unpresidential.”

    Covid-19: “You should get out of your bunker and get out of the sand trap and the golf course… and fund what needs to be done now to save lives.”

    The economy: “Trump will be the first (president) in American history to lose jobs during his presidency.”

    Race and violence in cities: “This is a president who has used everything as a dog whistle to try to generate racist hatred, racist division.”

    Integrity of the election: “If we get the votes, he's going to go. He can't stay in power.”

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