October 30, 2020

Top Trump aide called debate against Biden ‘a pretty crappy performance’ & likened it to ‘awful’ showdown with Clinton

Top Trump aide called debate against Biden ‘a pretty crappy performance’ & likened it to ‘awful’ showdown with Clinton

A TOP Trump aide has slammed the president’s first debate against Joe Biden as “a pretty crappy performance” and likened it to Donald Trump’s “awful” showdown with Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Stephen Moore, a White House economic adviser, made the comments at the Election Protection Summit in Washington, DC, earlier this month.

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Stephen Moore, an economic adviser to President Donald Trump, made the comments at the Election Protection Summit in Washington, DC

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Stephen Moore, an economic adviser to President Donald Trump, made the comments at the Election Protection Summit in Washington, DCCredit: Getty – Contributor
The chaotic first presidential debate between Trump and Biden was held on September 29 in Cleveland, Ohio

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The chaotic first presidential debate between Trump and Biden was held on September 29 in Cleveland, OhioCredit: AP:Associated Press

Footage from the October 2 event, which was published by Huff Post on Monday, shows Moore calling Trump’s debate performance “crappy.”

“It was not a great performance by Trump,” he said.

“In fact, I thought it was a pretty crappy performance.”

The chaotic 90-minute presidential debate was held on September 29 in Cleveland, Ohio.

During the fiery event, moderated by Fox News journalist Chris Wallace, Trump repeatedly interrupted his opponent with personal jabs.

Trump also fudged his condemnation of white supremacists who support him, telling them to “stand down and stand by.”

The video of Moore’s remarks was taken by Wisconsin watchdog group Documented.

According to their website, the group “investigates how corporations manipulate public policy, harming our environment, communities, and democracy.”

Stephen Moore said Donald Trump's first 2016 presidential debate performance against Hillary Clinton, left, was 'just awful'

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Stephen Moore said Donald Trump’s first 2016 presidential debate performance against Hillary Clinton, left, was ‘just awful’Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Trump told white supremacists to 'stand down and stand by' during the debate

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Trump told white supremacists to ‘stand down and stand by’ during the debateCredit: Reuters
'Will you shut up man,' Biden told the president during an exchange

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‘Will you shut up man,’ Biden told the president during an exchangeCredit: Reuters

As he further addressed his audience at the FreedomWorks conference, Moore recounted watching as Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off in the first 2016 presidential debate.

“Oh my God, he was so bad in that debate, just awful,” Moore said, admitting he didn’t think Trump would be “going into the White House anytime soon.”

Trump and Clinton had their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, on September 26, 2016.

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Moore added: “But you know what, Trump rallied – and in the second and third debate he just clobbered Hillary.

“And that’s what’s going to happen in these next couple of debates, God willing that we are able to have them.”

Moore also revealed he suspects the November 3 election will be “really tight,” the HuffPost reported.

Moore revealed he suspects the November 3 election will be 'really tight'

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Moore revealed he suspects the November 3 election will be ‘really tight’Credit: Getty Images – Getty

After the debate between the president and Democratic nominee Biden, Clinton revealed that she too wanted to tell Trump to “shut up” during her debate with him four years ago.

Clinton took to Twitter following the first presidential debate to express her frustration after a Biden and Trump engaged in a heated exchange – which led the former vice president to say: “Will you shut up man.”

Before her own 2016 debate with Trump, Clinton noted that she had “a feeling that by the end of this evening I’m going to be blamed for everything that’s ever happened.”

Despite Moore’s criticism, President Trump appears to have only spoken nicely about the his adviser.

Donald Trump listens as Hillary Clinton speaks during a debate on October 9, 2016

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Donald Trump listens as Hillary Clinton speaks during a debate on October 9, 2016Credit: Reuters
Trump and Clinton faced-off in their first debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016

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Trump and Clinton faced-off in their first debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016Credit: Reuters

Last year, Trump praised Moore on Twitter as “a great pro-growth economist and a truly fine person, has decided to withdraw from the Fed process.

“Steve won the battle of ideas including Tax Cuts and deregulation which have produced non-inflationary prosperity for all Americans.

“I’ve asked Steve to work with me toward future economic growth in our Country. “

Meanwhile, the second debate between Trump and Biden was canceled on Friday after the president vowed he wouldn’t take part in a virtual event.

The Commission on Presidential Debates, which organizes the showdowns, scrapped the event planned – which was planned for October 15.

The nonpartisan debate commission confirmed that it wouldn’t reverse its decision on the virtual showdown between the two candidates.

Trump had on Thursday ruled out taking part in a virtual debate – touted as a workaround while he recovers from Covid-19 – declaring it “unacceptable” and a “waste of time.”

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