Michelle Obama says Trump debate performance was planned because he wants US voters 'tuning out altogether'

FORMER First Lady Michelle Obama said Donald Trump's performance in the first presidential debate on Tuesday was a tactic to get Americans to "tune out altogether."

Obama made the comments in an Instagram post, where she called on Americans to resist the urge to check out and instead rally around Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

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"If you were turned off by the President's behavior last night, I feel you," Obama wrote. "Believe me, I do."

"But we can't let him win by tuning out altogether. That's what he wants," she added." "So turn those feelings into action–turn them into votes for my friend, @JoeBiden."

She continued that a vote for Biden is the only way Americans can "get out of this chaos and restore some stability to this country," and to provide information about how to make sure those around you are registered and have a voting plan.

The former first lady's comments come after a first presidential debate that many have labeled chaotic.

In Tuesday night's showdown, Trump and Biden traded insults in a 90-minute debate where the moderator, Chris Wallace, struggled to control the two candidates.

Trump repeatedly interrupted his opponent with angry and personal jabs, at times to a point where Wallace had to step in and remind the president that his campaign agreed to give Biden uninterrupted segments to speak.

The bitter back-and-forth at times overshadowed the different visions each man has for the country as it faces a historic crises.

Trump has received huge backlash for being questioned about white supremacist groups who support him and refusing to condemn them when given an opportunity.

He told one group, known as the Proud Boys, to "stand by."

The two candidates also engaged in heated clashes over the president's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the reliability of mail-in ballots, the affordable care act and more.

At one point, Trump took a shot at Biden's son, Hunter, while the Democratic nominee was speaking about his other son, Beau, a decorated war hero who passed away from cancer in 2015.

The president tried to turn the tables, saying Hunter was thrown out of the military for cocaine use and questioning his business dealings with a Chinese investment firm.

The debates got so heated at one point that Biden, relatively early in the night, shot back, "Will you shut up, man?"

Biden's supports have since embraced the phrase.

The next debate in the election will be between Vice President Mike Pence and Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris, on October 7.

Trump and Biden are scheduled to face off again on October 15 and October 22, though there has been some talk of adding additional rules — like mic muting — to avoid the chaos of Tuesday's event.

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