The presidential debates between President Trump and Joe Biden will likely go down as some of the most trending topics of the 2020 election.
During September’s Trump vs. Biden debate, the candidates went at it. To be precise, President Trump dominated the stage. In fact, there were moments when Biden became so frustrated that he told the president to “shut up.” Trump, of course, did not oblige.
On Wednesday, October 7, Mike Pence and Kamala Harris sat down with one another for the vice-presidential debate. Less than 24 hours later, the Commission on Presidential Debates declared that the second debate between Trump and Biden would occur virtually.
Trump responded to this news in no uncertain terms, stating that he won’t engage in a debate that is virtual. Now, sources confirm that the Commission on Presidential Debates has axed the second presidential debate altogether.
What to Know About the Cancellation of the Second Presidential Debate
The cancellation of the second presidential debate comes after the debate commission first announced that October 15’s event would take place virtually.
After Trump immediately rejected this (and announced his refusal to participate), Biden’s team declared that the former vice president would attend a town hall in Pennsylvania during what would have been the debate’s period.
BREAKING – Commission on Presidential Debates has cancelled the Oct. 15 debate. Not sure this could have been handled any more poorly on several levels.
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) October 9, 2020
Rather than reverting back to a socially distanced, in-person debate, the Commission on Presidential Debates decided to cancel the event altogether. So, therefore, Trump and Biden will not face off on October 15 as originally intended; in fact, since Trump now has medical clearance to partake in public events, there is talk of a Trump rally happening on October 15.
New Scrutiny into the Debate Commission
In light of first virtualizing and then later cancelling the second presidential debate, the Commission on Presidential Debates is facing some scrutiny. This group brands itself as nonpartisan and presumably unbiased; however, some Americans are now questioning this.
On Friday, Bob Dole, a Republican and former senator, announced that not a single member of the debate commission supports President Trump; this goes for the Republican and Democrat members alike. Therefore, a commission comprised of individuals who loathe the president leaves room for questions about anti-Trump bias.
The Commission on Presidential Debates is supposedly bipartisan w/ an equal number of Rs and Ds. I know all of the Republicans and most are friends of mine. I am concerned that none of them support @realDonaldTrump. A biased Debate Commission is unfair.
— Senator Bob Dole (@SenatorDole) October 9, 2020
The decision to make the second presidential debate virtual less than 24 hours after the Pence vs. Harris debate already aroused suspicions; now, though, the cancellation of the second presidential debate altogether has many Americans wondering. It also doesn’t help matters that top Democrats have urged Biden against debating President Trump since the beginning.
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