Can Donald Trump refuse to attend the virtual debates, given the fact that his virus fallacy backfired on him and he pretty much has nothing else to save him this election?
There is no limit to the madness prevailing in Washington. When President Trump was diagnosed with coronavirus a week ago, the world assumed that this may be a learning moment for the president. However, his actions while being treated in the hospital and now that he is back in the white house, seems far more deranged than ever.
After President Trump was diagnosed with coronavirus, the organizing committee of the presidential debate decided to host a virtual debate. Not much to the country’s surprise, President Donald Trump on Thursday, refused to attend the debate if it is to be held virtually.
Trump told Fox Business, “I am not going to do a virtual debate. I am not going to waste my time on a virtual debate.”
A few hours after the statement from President Trump, his campaign manager Bill Stepien informed that the Republicans wish for the debate to be rescheduled for a week later than October 15th which would further move the third debate to October 29th.
However, Democrats immediately rejected the proposal. Joe Biden’s campaign spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield said,
Donald Trump doesn’t make the debate schedule; the Debate Commission does.
She further added-
“Trump’s erratic behavior does not allow him to rewrite the calendar, and pick new dates of his choosing. We look forward to participating in the final debate, scheduled for October 22, which already is tied for the latest debate date in 40 years. Donald Trump can show up, or he can decline again. That’s his choice,”
Bedingfield also mentioned that if Trump does not appear for the debate, Joe Biden will go on with hosting a town hall somewhere else.
President Trump’s campaign manager Stepien inculpated the Debate Commission of deliberately canceling an in-person debate to favour Biden and that President Trump would rather hold a rally instead of attending a virtual debate.
However, Democrats must be covertly celebrating the announcement from white house as debating with Trump anyway doesn’t sound like a fruitful ritual. Additionally, Biden has secured a significant lead over Trump after the Cleveland debate and it would be an assuring place to be at the current lead with the next debate, standing canceled.
Furthermore, President Trump is destroying his own goodwill among the voters by refusing to attend the virtual debate.
Opposing virtual debate even after being diagnosed of coronavirus while accusing the Debate commission of being corrupt will certainly work in favor of Biden. The favor, he didn’t work for. The favor, Trump is tossing over to Biden, voluntarily.
Here is Joe Biden’s thought process: He wants to do the debates. It was a big win for him in the first debate and any time Joe can stand on stage with Trump, it is good for Joe Biden. He is going to go on, and if Trump doesn’t want to go … We could not be in a better place on these debates.” said Terry McAuliffe, a former Virginia governor and close Biden ally.
After the debacle of the Cleveland debate, it was sure that the next debate was not going to get any better. While people were expecting similar chaos on the future presidential debates, President Trump settled it for once and for all. No debate, no chaos.