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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 TapperFauci says school should be open 'full blast' five days a week in the fall Clyburn says he's willing to compromise on qualified immunity in policing bill GOP divided over expected Cheney ouster MORE unloaded following Tuesday evening's debate between former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFauci says school should be open 'full blast' five days a week in the fall Overnight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart MORE (D) and President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? 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."

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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 BashRecords show Jenner voted in 2020, even though she says she didn't: report Jenner says she didn't vote in 2020: 'I just couldn't get excited about it' Caitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' 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."