Michelle Obama sympathizes with viewers 'turned off' by Trump's debate behavior
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Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama to Simone Biles: 'We are proud of you and we are rooting for you' Obama setting up big bash to celebrate his 60th Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary MORE said she sympathized with voters who may have been “turned off” by President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE’s behavior during the presidential debate on Tuesday, but she urged them not “let him win by tuning out altogether.”

In an Instagram post on Wednesday night that featured a photo of Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Iowa governor suggests immigrants partially to blame for rising COVID-19 cases Biden officials pledge to confront cybersecurity challenges head-on MORE, Obama wrote: “If you were turned off by the President’s behavior last night, I feel you. Believe me, I do.”

“But we can’t let him win by tuning out altogether. That’s what he wants. So, turn those feelings into action—turn them into votes for my friend, @JoeBiden. It’s the only way we can get out of this chaos and restore some stability to this country. You can start by reaching out to everyone you know,” she wrote.

“Make sure they’re registered. Make sure they know how and when they’re going to vote. And then follow up with them, every day, to make sure they cast their ballot. Because in this election, we’ve got to vote for Joe in numbers that cannot be denied,” she added.

Obama is one of a chorus of a prominent figures who have taken to social media over the past day to bash the tumultuous debate.

Throughout much of debate, Biden and Trump traded jabs with each other. At points during the event, Biden called Trump “a liar” and told him to “shut up,” while Trump told Biden to never “use the word 'smart' with” him, saying: “There’s nothing smart about you, Joe.” 

The president also clashed with Fox News’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceAnything-but-bipartisan 1/6 commission will seal Pelosi's retirement. Here's why Biden walks fine line with Fox News Aides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book MORE, who moderated the debate, on several occasions, partly because he would interrupt Biden and ignore pleas from Wallace asking that he not do so.

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Despite being “a pro,” Wallace said in an interview on Wednesday that he has “never been through anything like this” when discussing the wild event. 

“I never dreamt that it would go off the tracks the way it did,” Wallace said.

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

Many online have called for future debates to allow moderators to mute microphones for candidates should they violate rules for the event. The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) reportedly plans to provide moderators would the option to cut sound for candidates' microphones going forward.