Speed Reads

2020 presidential debate

CNN's Jake Tapper declares the debate 'a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck'

CNN's Jake Tapper doesn't think anyone won Tuesday night's tumultuous presidential debate.

President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden faced off for the first time Tuesday night, but they didn't have many coherent discussions. Instead Trump continuously interrupted Biden and moderator Chris Wallace, while failing to answer direct questions or even condemn white supremacists.

"That was a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck," Tapper concluded just after the debate wrapped. "That was the worst debate I have ever seen. It wasn't even a debate. It was a disgrace. And it's primarily because of President Trump," as Trump was the one "lying," "maliciously attacking" Biden's son, and telling white supremacists to "stand back and stand by."

Watch Tapper's review — and Dana Bash's safe-for-cable addition — below. Kathryn Krawczyk