The First Presidential Debate: Social Media Was Bummed Out by the Trump v Biden Showdown

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Well, that was somehow even worse than we feared. President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump took the stage in Atlanta on Thursday for the first presidential debate on CNN, and it was rough going from the jump.

CNN announced that the moderators wouldn’t fact check the candidates live, meaning no one intervened when Trump falsely claimed that states are allowing people to get abortions after they give birth. The candidates seemed like diminished versions of themselves, doing little to change the perception of the 2024 election cycle as a depressing, lower-energy version of the 2020 race. The general consensus on social media? This just isn’t it.

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