Top Trump aide called debate vs Biden 'a pretty crappy performance' & likened it to 'awful' showdown with Clinton

A TOP Trump aide has denounced the first 2020 presidential debate against Joe Biden "a pretty crappy performance" and likened it to an "awful" showdown with Hillary Clinton.

Stephen Moore, an economic adviser to President Donald Trump, made the harsh comments at the Election Protection Summit in Washington, DC.

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Footage from the October 2 event, which was published by Huff Post on Monday, shows Moore calling President Donald Trump's debate performance "crappy."

“It was not a great performance by Trump,” Moore said.

"In fact, I thought it was a pretty crappy performance."

The chaotic 90-minute presidential debate was held on September 29 in Cleveland, Ohio.

During the fiery debate, which was moderated by Fox News journalist Chris Wallace, Trump repeatedly interrupted his opponent with angry and personal jabs.

In the most tumultuous presidential debate in recent memory, Trump refused to condemn white supremacists who have supported him.

The video of Moore's remarks was taken by Wisconsin watchdog group Documented.

According to Documented's website, the group "investigates how corporations manipulate public policy, harming our environment, communities, and democracy."

As he further addressed his audience at the FreedomWorks conference, Moore recounted being in attendance as Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off in the first 2016 presidential debate.

“Oh my God, he was so bad in that debate, just awful," Moore said, admitting he didn't think Trump would be "going into the White House anytime soon."

Trump and Clinton had their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, on September 26, 2016.

Moore added: "But you know what, Trump rallied – and in the second and third debate he just clobbered Hillary.

"And that's what's going to happen in these next couple of debates, god willing that we are able to have them."

Moore also revealed he suspects the November 3 election will be “really tight," the HuffPost reported.

After the debate between the president and Democratic nominee Biden, Clinton revealed that she too wanted to tell Trump to "shut up" during her debate with him four years ago.

Clinton took to Twitter following the first presidential debate to express her frustration after a Biden and Trump engaged in a heated exchange – which led the former vice president to say: "Will you shut up man."

Before her own 2016 debate with Trump, Clinton noted that she had "a feeling that by the end of this evening I'm going to be blamed for everything that's ever happened."

Despite Moore's criticism, President Trump appears to have only spoken nicely about the his adviser.

Last year, Trump praised Moore on Twitter as "a great pro-growth economist and a truly fine person, has decided to withdraw from the Fed process.

"Steve won the battle of ideas including Tax Cuts and deregulation which have produced non-inflationary prosperity for all Americans.

"I’ve asked Steve to work with me toward future economic growth in our Country. "

Meanwhile, the second debate between Trump and Biden was canceled on Friday after the president vowed he wouldn't take part in a virtual event.

The Commission on Presidential Debates, which organizes the showdowns, scrapped the event planned – which was planned for October 15.

The nonpartisan debate commission confirmed that it wouldn't reverse its decision on the virtual showdown between the two candidates.

Trump had on Thursday ruled out taking part in a virtual debate – touted as a workaround while he recovers from Covid-19 – declaring it "unacceptable" and a "waste of time."

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