World's press paints America as a global laughing stock and slams the 'shameful' presidential debate
(Daily Mail) - Press across the globe have branded the United States a laughing stock following Tuesday night's tumultuous debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
In the heated debate, Trump bulldozed over Biden with repeated interruptions, insults were thrown back and forth and moderator Chris Wallace failed to maintain order amid the chaos.
Papers and news outlets across the globe deemed the debate a 'shame', a 'chaotic spectacle of political theater', and Trump's potential re-election 'the first line of America's obituary'.
The Guardian slammed the debate a 'national humiliation' that will prompt the rest of the world and future historians 'to weep'.
The paper said if Trump wins re-election this November, it’ll be 'the first line of America’s obituary.'
The Times, UK
The Times said: 'The clearest loser from the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden was America.'
Der Spiegel, Germany
News Magazine Der Spiegel eviscerated the debate as a 'joke, a low point, a shame for the country'.
Author Markus Feldenkirchen blasted Trump and Biden as 'two over-70s who interrupt each other like 5-year-olds' and the president as having 'uncouth, undignified behavior.'
El Pais, Spain
The Spanish newspaper denigrated the debate as 'the most chaotic and least edifying spectacle of political theater ever produced on American television.'
Le Monde, France
The French newspaper bashed the debate as a 'terrible storm', and Trump as a bully who sought to 'push his opponent off his hinges'.
Corriere Della Sera, Italy
The Italian outlet dug into Trump as an 'un-presidential president who throws verbal punches in every direction every time he is put in trouble.'
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
The newspaper blasted United States democracy as a whole following the chaotic debate saying: 'Many wondered if the chaos and tenor of the event said something more fundamental about the state of American democracy.'
Times of India, India
The Indian newspaper likened the debate to 'mud-wrestling', adding 'The United States embarrassed itself before the world for nearly 100 minutes'.
Global Times, China
The state-run newspaper hailed Tuesday's display as 'the most chaotic presidential debate ever'.
The outlet wrote: 'This debate was like the country: Everybody's talking. Nobody's listening. Nothing is learned. It's a mess.'