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

CNN's "The Lead" host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperOfficials brace for second Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows - Capital locked down ahead of Biden's inauguration Durbin says he won't whip votes for Trump's second impeachment trial MORE unloaded following Tuesday evening's debate between former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenRev. Barber says best way to undercut extremism is with honesty Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 MORE (D) and President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism 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."


"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 BashTapper battles GOP lawmakers over criticism of Afghan vet's Electoral College vote CNN expanding Jake Tapper's show to two hours, shortening Wolf Blitzer's show Fauci: Mutant coronavirus strain must be taken 'very seriously' 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."