Michelle Obama sympathizes with viewers 'turned off' by Trump's debate behavior
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Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaAmanda Gorman captures national interest after inauguration performance A Day in Photos: The Biden Inauguration Scorned and mistreated, Melania Trump deserved much better from the media MORE said she sympathized with voters who may have been “turned off” by President TrumpDonald TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 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 BidenFive examples of media's sycophancy for Biden on inauguration week Drastic measures for drastic times — caregiver need mobile health apps Boycott sham impeachment 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) WallaceRomney: Total figure for Biden coronavirus stimulus is 'pretty shocking' Rubio: Trump impeachment trial is 'stupid' Romney noncommittal on impeachment vote but says trial is likely constitutional 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.


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.