Another person involved with the president’s campaign said they couldn’t blame anyone who turned the TV off halfway through the debate: “The few independents that we need, I imagine some of them just flipped the channel after the first hour.”

Others were more blunt.

“It was really frustrating to watch,” said Dallas investor Doug Deason, a GOP megadonor and Trump supporter. “He’s the president of the United States. He should have not let it get out of hand like it did and instead he led it.”…

“The whole thing was just so cringeworthy,” he said. “They’re blaming Biden, but they’re not happy with Trump. The president should have sat back and let Biden just talk himself into circles, but instead he kept interrupting.”