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What was pitched to viewers as a “20/20 Special Event,” a town hall with President Trump, turned out to be the first 2020 presidential debate. But instead of Democratic nominee Joe Biden as Trump’s opponent, the President squared off against ABC’s chief anchor and Clinton lackey, George Stephanopoulos, who took every opportunity to battle his guest.
Aside from letting some the questioners rhetorically duke it out Trump, Stephanopoulos took it upon himself to be on the debate stage. Their first sparing match happened just seven minutes into the event with Stephanopoulos demanding to know, “what did you get wrong” with the coronavirus response?
Adding: “You say a lot of people got things wrong. I mean, you mentioned China at the top right there. All through January and February, you — you — you were downplaying by your own admission the severity of the crisis, that you didn't want to panic people.”
That kicked off a hefty back and forth over Trump’s handling of the pandemic with ABC “journalist” standing in for Biden.