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The U.S. Presidential Debate Excluded Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump and former U.S. Vice President and current Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden met for the first of three 2020 United States presidential debates. Many people — on the left and the right — are trying to make sense of what happened in the debate.

Throughout the debate, President Trump interrupted and spoke over Biden when it was Biden’s turn to respond. Thanks to its chaotic and argumentative nature, the debate was hard to follow for many viewers. For people who are hard of hearing or deaf, many struggled to understand what was even said – let alone crowning a winner of the debate — because the debate wasn’t accessible.

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