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CNN's Jake Tapper calls debate a 'hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck'

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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."

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"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 BashTrump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally CNN's John King: Barrett 'would be getting 70 votes or more' in Senate if nominated by another GOP president Romney calls first Trump-Biden debate 'an embarrassment' 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."