At a rally in Des Moines, Iowa on Tuesday, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a rising star presidential candidate, was interrupted by an anti-LGBTQ heckler.
“Remember Sodom and Gomorrah!” the heckler shouted, a reference to ancient Biblical people who, among other things, engaged in homosexuality and rape, and were struck down by God.
The crowd was having none of it. They drowned him out as one, yelling, “Pete! Pete! Pete!”
This was not the only incident at the rally. Another heckler who was escorted from the event was Randall Terry, a religious activist who founded the extremist anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, which is sometimes been likened to a terrorist group.
— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) April 17, 2019
‘Horrified’ Republicans beg Trump to stop bashing mail-in voting as Democrats take ‘astronomical’ early lead
Top Republican officials are "horrified" by the early returns of Democratic mail-in ballots.
Democratic voters are requesting and returning mail-in ballots at a far higher rate than Republican voters so far in key battleground states, which could make it impossible for the GOP to hold on to the White House and their Senate majority, reported the Washington Post.
“It’s astronomical,” said one Republican strategist who's working on Senate races. “You see these numbers in a state like North Carolina, and how can you not be concerned?”
That was no debate — it was a brawl
Do we really have to pick a debate winner in a brawl? Do the rules matter?
Didn’t we know ahead of time that Donald Trump would slash viciously and personally and pretend that he is an outsider to Washington and that Joe Biden would try to look presidential, mostly stick to his message while wryly noting that Trump was lying once again? If there was a substantive question or response that was a surprise, it slipped by me.
It may have been important to election prospects, but as a debate, it was a pretty sad commentary on our times. And yes, the fact-checking industry was hard at work (yes, Mr. President, there are 100 million Americans with health pre-conditions.)
Here are 5 stunning moments from Biden and Trump’s first debate
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden faced off for the first time Tuesday night in the inaugural presidential debate of the 2020 general election.
It was a catastrophe. Trump was belligerent, mendacious, and overbearing, refusing to let Biden answer questions most of the time without interruption. Biden managed to get in several good moments, but he was often bulled over by the president's bluster and was unable to make a complete argument.
But Trump didn't really seem to get the better of Biden. By being so aggressive, he came off desperate, dishonest, and out of control. It was not a good look for a sitting president. And it completely undermined the supposed point of the debate: informing voters about the issues. Instead, it showcased the candidates' respective personalities, at least to some degree. While unpleasant, it may have been informative in its own way.