Biden calls Trump a 'liar' and a 'clown' at first debate

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe Biden28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Franklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Schools face new pressures to reopen for in-person learning MORE hit President TrumpDonald TrumpFranklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Man suspected in wife's disappearance accused of casting her ballot for Trump Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE in the first presidential debate on Tuesday, referring to Trump as a "liar" and a "clown" during a segment on health care as the back-and-forth grew testy. 

"The fact is everything he's saying so far is a lie," Biden told moderator Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceCheney: I can't ignore Trump because he 'continues to be a real danger' CDC director denies political pressure affected new mask guidelines Sunday shows - White House COVID-19 response coordinator says US is 'turning the corner' MORE. "I'm not here to call out his lies. Everyone knows he's a liar." 

Biden was in the process of answering a question from Wallace on his health care plan. 


Trump then interjected, prompting Wallace to ask the president to let Biden finish. 

"He doesn't know how to do that," Biden said, to which Trump responded, "You'd be surprised." 

Trump continued to hit Biden on his standing with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, saying Biden "just lost the left." 

"You agreed with Bernie SandersBernie SandersMusk's SpaceX has a competitive advantage over Bezos' Blue Origin New York, New Jersey, California face long odds in scrapping SALT  Warren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas MORE on a plan," Trump said. 

"Folks, do you have any idea what this clown is doing?" Biden said. "I'll tell you what, he is not for any help for people needing health care because he has in fact already cost 10 million people their health care that they had from their employers because of his recession." 

The heated exchange was one of many that took place within the first half-hour of the debate, which marked the first time Biden and Trump came face to face during the 2020 presidential campaign. 


Trump and Wallace even appeared to tangle at one point during the debate. 

"Mr. President, I'm the moderator of this debate and I'd like you to let me ask my question," Wallace said.

“I guess I'm debating you, not him,” Trump responded.