GOP lawmaker calls Trump-Biden debate 'an embarrassment'

Republican Rep. Paul MitchellPaul MitchellHere are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year House GOP lawmaker: Biden should be recognized as president-elect Most Republicans avoid challenging Trump on election MORE (Mich.) expressed his frustration with the Tuesday night presidential debate, calling it an “embarrassment.”

The debate between President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE and Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays MORE was riddled with personal attacks and constant interruptions. Subsequently, less time was spent discussing the two politicians' policy differences. 

“I watched the presidential debate last night, like many Americans and people around the world,” Mitchell tweeted. “The inability to have a civilized discussion about our beliefs, values, and policies is not helpful, and the debate was an embarrassment.”


The debate was moderated by Fox News’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBiden adviser: 'He does not have any concern' about Trump lawsuits Public health expert: Americans no longer acting 'with common purpose' on pandemic Anti-Defamation League criticizes White House appointee 'who has consorted with racists' MORE, who struggled to enforce the rules of the debate and at one point scolded Trump for repeated interruptions. 

A CBS poll immediately after the debate found 69 percent of those watching said that the debate made them feel “annoyed.”

Several major media hosts — most of whom have moderated presidential debates themselves — also expressed concern with how the debate played out. 

CNN’s Dana BashDana BashRepublican Michigan congressman: 'The people have spoken' CNN's Dana Bash: Trump loss in Arizona would be 'John McCain's last laugh' Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE called the debate “a shitshow,” and her colleague Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperJake Tapper jokes he's retained Giuliani to look into fraud in 'Sexiest Man' election Brennan takes final shot at Trump: 'I leave his fate to our judicial system, his infamy to history, & his legacy to a trash heap' Biden transition adviser: Legal action for ascertainment of win 'isn't our preference' MORE called it a “hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck.” MSNBC’s Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowQuarantined Maddow shares story of partner who is fighting COVID-19: 'Don't get this thing' The tribal journalism of cable news is at a crossroads MSNBC's Joy Reid: Close presidential race shows 'great amount of racism and anti blackness' in US MORE tweeted, “Perhaps we could also debate by mail.”