Celebrities such as Cardi B and Bette Midler were glued to their screens last night as they joined the nation in watching the US presidential election debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
President Trump went head-to-head with Democratic candidate Biden on Tuesday evening for a heated debate, hosted by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace in Cleveland, Ohio.
During one particular point of contention, Biden barked at Trump to ‘shut up man’ when they clashed over whether the president would expand the US Supreme Court to redress its potential conservative majority.
In another tense moment, Trump was asked to publicly condemn white supremacists for inciting violence at anti-police brutality protests across the US, which he has so far refused to do. Once again, he couldn’t be pinned down in denouncing the racist group despite being urged by Biden to ‘do it, say it’.
Trump replied: ‘Sure, I’m willing to (tell them to stand down), but I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not from the right wing.’
When pressed again, he told the right-wing protestors to ‘stand back and stand by’.
Reacting to the moment, comedian Kevin Hart wrote in an Instagram post: ‘If this isn’t enough to make you go vote then I don’t know what is….Wake up!!!!! This man is promoting hate at the highest level.
‘Blunt f***ing racism…..F***ING RACISM!!!! If you don’t see it this way then your apart of the f***ing problem!!!! I SAID WHAT I SAID AND I WILL STAND ON THAT S**T!!!!!!’
Scandal actress Kerry Washington agreed and tweeted: ‘Once again. He refuses to condemn White supremacy. PAY ATTENTION FOLKS. Please vote.’
Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay added: ‘For those who hadn’t been listening for the past 4 years, Trump just told you that he ain’t leaving and that he is a white supremacist.
‘If that doesn’t get every American who is not white into overdrive to toss his ass – we may actually deserve what happens next.’
The presidential election is set to take place on November 3.
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