The first of the much-anticipated three debates-that-aren’t-debates is now thankfully behind us. And make no mistake. The whole world was watching. The day-after reactions from allies and adversaries alike should render thoughtful Americans not only terrified and outraged but also more determined than ever to turn out the most massive vote in recent memory to oust a man and a party that have debased the presidency, the Constitution, and America’s standing in the world.
Here’s what the world is saying.
“This dark, horrifying, unwatchable fever dream will surely be the first line of America’s obituary.”
“A national humiliation.”
“The rest of the world – and future historians will presumably look at it and weep.”
“Never had American politics sunk so low.”
“U.S. embarrassed itself before the world for 100 minutes.”
“Chaotic, childish, grueling.”
“America sinks lower.”
“Clearest loser was America.
“The recession of U.S. national power.”
“ Division, anxiety of U.S. society and the accelerating loss of advantages of the U.S. political system.”
“Chaotic and virulent.”
“This debate would be sheer comedy if it wasn’t such a pitiful and tragic advertisement for U.S. dysfunction.”
“America faces a dangerous several weeks.”
“A debate swamped by the rancor engulfing America.”