At mid-afternoon on Monday, Trump Campaign Manager Bill Stepien sent a letter over to the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) complaining about the fact that what was supposed to be a debate over foreign policy suddenly shifted focus after the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop began to come out into the public domain:
Our letter to the BDC (Biden Debate Commission) pic.twitter.com/ZsY5JfMbT7
— BillStepien (@BillStepien) October 19, 2020
As you can see, the letter accurately renames the CPD the “Biden Debate Commission,” and also warns the CPD that the Trump Campaign is greatly concerned about rumors that it was about to add a mute button to the proceedings that would effectively work in Biden’s favor.
Less than an hour after Stepien sent this letter, the CPD announced it was indeed going to allow someone behind the scenes to mute the microphone of either candidate when they are off the “clock.”
From a report at Fox News:
The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) will mute President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden during the two-minute response times allotted to their opponents for commenting on topics during Thursday’s debate in Nashville.
The commission said in a statement that it “had determined that it is appropriate to adopt measures intended to promote adherence to agreed-upon rules and inappropriate to make changes to those rules.”
Also included in the debate will be an open discussion forum that won’t include the mute option. Thursday’s debate will consist of six 15-minute segments, totaling 90 minutes in all as in the first debate.
Hell, why not just put a shock collar on the President?
Again, this is yet another reason why, as I urged yesterday, President Trump should not participate in this final debate. If he participates, then he legitimizes this process yet again, and every rule the CPD wants to implement on Thursday, including the mute button.
A debate with a mute button is not a debate at all – it is a forum. A debate is by definition supposed to be a free exchange of ideas between the candidates, with both participants able to directly question and rebut their opponent.
And let’s be honest about this mute button: It’s only being implemented because everyone knows about Biden’s advancing dementia and his utter inability to keep up with Donald Trump in a free exchange.
Think of it in boxing terms: Joe Biden is an aged ex-champion Floyd Patterson in 1965, and Donald Trump is Muhammed Ali. Everyone knew leading up to that fight that Patterson had lost his edge and had no chance to truly be competitive with Ali. The result was 12 long rounds of Ali toying with Patterson, peppering him with jab after jab and the occasional uppercut as the aging ex-champ flailed away and tried to cover up, before Ali finally, mercifully knocked him out with a devastating flurry in the 12th round.
The only way Patterson could have possibly been competitive in that fight would have been for the World Boxing Congress to have one of Patterson’s trainers as the referee and to tie one of Ali’s hands behind his back. Ali would have still won, but Patterson might have been able to land some blows in the process of losing.
By the same token, the Trump-hating swamp snakes at the CPD know that Biden has zero ability to compete with Trump, and are doing everything they can to tilt the ring in Biden’s favor. The moderator is a corrupt Democrat activist, the subject matter reads like the Democrat Party manifesto, and now they want to give the TV producers the ability to completely cut the President off whenever things turn sour for their guy.
That is what is happening here, and it is an utter and complete travesty that should not be given any legitimacy by the President’s participation in it. The Trump campaign should announce today that it will not participate in any debate process in which the rules are fundamentally changed at the last minute to benefit the Democrats. It should notify the Commission that the President will not participate unless the obviously-biased moderator is replaced, the mute button is removed and the subject matter of the debate is returned to its original intent. This is not the debate the Campaign and RNC agreed to, and it should not be held.
More than that, Ronna Romney McDaniel and the RNC should also send a formal letter to the CPD notifying them that, unless the President’s demands are met, the Republican Party will no longer allow its presidential candidates to participate in any future debates organized by this entity, due to this year’s utter and complete tilting of the playing field.
Enough of this fraud. President Trump has all the momentum going in his direction in this campaign right now. Thursday’s debate would do nothing to help that, but could do it harm with a bad Presidential performance. There is no advantage for the Trump campaign to legitimize the process anymore.
Boycott it, schedule a campaign rally in a key swing state during the same time slot and be done with it.
That is all.
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