This was extremely unusual to watch.

The Fox anchor and debate moderator Chris Wallace had to tell the President to let his opponent speak.

Quote from the debate:

CHRIS WALLACE: The country would be better served if we allowed both people to speak with fewer interruptions. I'm appealing to you, sir, to do that.

Sir, you'll be happy. I'm about to pick up on one of your points.

I'd like...

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: And we will protect...

WALLACE: President, I'm the moderator of this debate. And I would like you to let me ask my question.

Was the incumbent President afraid that his opponent would ask him questions that he would have to answer?

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    The incumbent President seems to regularly ensure he's not that easily dismissed, but that is also why the question should be necessary in a forum like this. – Henrik Erlandsson Oct 13 '20 at 1:05
  • Another school of thought might say that the debates are a narrow window in which the incumbent can itemize his accomplishments without having them filtered through the news media. – acpilot Oct 13 '20 at 3:19
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    @acpilot Unlike his daily Twitter rants and the press conferences he turns into campaign rallies? – ewanc Oct 13 '20 at 8:10
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    You are asking us to read Donald Trump's mind. That is not an easy feat. – David Hammen Oct 13 '20 at 13:07
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    it's called "pounding the table", look it up. – dandavis Oct 13 '20 at 15:25