CNN's "The Lead" host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperMcCaul says US withdrawal from Afghanistan has emboldened Russia on Ukraine Sunday shows - Voting rights legislation dominates Texas Republican: FBI probe into synagogue hostage taker spreads to London, Tel Aviv MORE unloaded following Tuesday evening's debate between former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNew York woman arrested after allegedly spitting on Jewish children Former Sen. Donnelly confirmed as Vatican ambassador Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE (D) and President TrumpDonald TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE.
In immediate reactions as part of CNN's coverage following the event, Tapper joined his CNN colleagues in heaping criticism on the debate which was marred with frequent interruptions and back-and-forth personal insults slung by Trump and, to a lesser extent, Biden.
“That was a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck," Tapper told viewers. "That was the worst debate I have ever seen, in fact it wasn't even a debate. It was a disgrace."
"That was a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck,” says @JakeTapper about the first presidential debate between Pres. Trump and Joe Biden. “We’ll talk about who won the debate, who lost the debate ... One thing for sure, the American people lost.” #Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/wjMnUmt2WS— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) September 30, 2020
"We can talk about who won the debate and who lost the debate, but I can tell you one thing for sure: The American people lost," he added.
His comments were echoed by other CNN hosts and reporters, including Dana BashDana BashJan. 6 panel chair says 'significant testimony' shows White House 'had been told to do something' Jan. 6 panel eying subpoenas to force Republican reps to cooperate Hogan says it's 'insane' anyone could watch Jan. 6 and believe it was 'just tourists looking at statues' MORE, who called Tapper's language "high-minded" and declared it a "shitshow," and Abby Phillip, who called it "a complete disaster on all fronts."