The second presidential debate was canceled after the Trump campaign refused to do it “virtually” (and after moderator Steve Scully admitted he wasn’t hacked by someone making it look as though he was collaborating with Anthony Scaramucci), so Thursday’s debate will technically be the second. However, the Trump campaign is unhappy once again, as the promised focus on foreign policy has been changed to a list of topics, including COVID-19, American families, race relations, climate change, national security, and leadership. Haven’t COVID and climate change been done to death already?
President Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates demanding the final debate focus on foreign policy as was agreed to, and he also expressed concerns about the moderator having the option to mute candidates’ microphones.
NEW: Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien sends a letter to the debates commission demanding the final event focus on foreign policy as promised.
He also voices concerns about the group meeting to implement rule changes such as muting the microphones. pic.twitter.com/xdfLGfXiwh
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) October 19, 2020
Joe Biden has gone into hiding in his basement for the next four days to prepare for the debate — we wonder if there’s anything with foreign policy implications he’d like to avoid.
Sept 15: Trump hosts historic peace deal ceremony with Israel, the UAE & Bahrain.
Oct 14: Emails show Joe Biden met with son Hunter's Ukrainian business associate & was set to receive money from China
Oct 16: Debate commission announces foreign policy will no longer be a topic
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) October 19, 2020
If that is the case so no more debates. Let the president better speak directly to people in peaceful protests, rally.
— Ioana Nedelcu/Hope2018 (@Hope201811) October 19, 2020
So why is @realDonaldTrump doing this phony show? Pull out!
— Jeffrey Graham (@Jeffrey52095461) October 19, 2020
How convenient ?
— Marsha Dukes (@24Brat) October 19, 2020
No longer be a topic?
Because why would 'foreign policy' be a topic of government.
This is beyond ridiculous.
It is ludicrous, as is anyone who participates or complies.
— Nito Cogito (@nito_cogito) October 19, 2020
Focus on the topics that the average American is interested in, such as if Trump condemns white supremacy.
Here’s Trump campaign senior advisor Jason Miller:
Good morning to everyone except Presidential Debate Commission members who changed focus of final debate away from foreign policy so Joe Biden wouldn’t have to answer to being compromised by the Chinese Communist Party, supporting endless wars and sending pallets of cash to Iran.
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) October 19, 2020
Trump should pull out of this crap. Changing the topic to protect Biden?
Disgusting and fraudulent.
— Tea Party Barbie (@laurahollis61) October 19, 2020
At least “national security” is on the menu, and Joe Biden’s exposure to extortion through his foreign entanglements clearly poses a national security threat.
— CHINA FOR “BIG GUY” BIDEN #2020 (@instavire) October 19, 2020
You just couldn’t make this stuff up! Who agreed to this?
— Hon. Brian Kerns (@TheForgottenUSA) October 19, 2020
Why do we have the debate commission? It would be better if each candidate could ask the opponent 5 questions.
— jodi johnson (@1605jodi) October 19, 2020
How can this be permitted, it’s an important issue that Americans deserve the right to hear about directly from the candidate involved, this is beyond ridiculous!
— Ronnie Grill (@ronnie_grill) October 19, 2020
I’m sure it will come up during national security, it has to.
— 6timesoontobe7time (@bcm12) October 19, 2020
Trump will have to ask Joe directly on these, then. CPD @debates is a scam.
— Marian S.Carney (@mcscarney) October 19, 2020
You have got to be kidding me! Are you serious? I was so happy to see that topic.
— Staticlullaby ?? ?? (@Staticlullaby1) October 19, 2020
Thank goodness Trump is strong and will find a way to bring it up.
— kathy keller (@mrsk581) October 19, 2020
Unreal. I am shocked at the all around bias.
— Sharlo (@SharloCer) October 19, 2020
Good ol’ Trump will find a way to bring it up. ???
— Kelly North (@kkrnorth) October 19, 2020
— Ernestine Stewart (@Ernesti59890464) October 19, 2020
Trump should focus the topics back to foreign policy since they changed it days before to protect their boy! The media isn’t going to ask, but Trump will!
— DaddyDayTrader (@DaddyDayTrader2) October 19, 2020
Why are you guys letting them do this?
— michael (@amikeg) October 19, 2020
Ridiculous!! Trump should bring Biden's corruption up every time he answers a question. Without interrupting him this time.
— Randal (@randal_holiman) October 19, 2020
— Ernestine Stewart (@Ernesti59890464) October 19, 2020
How do we continually allow this? Where are our people when they negotiate the terms? Lame.
— Chuck Farley (@ChuckFarley45) October 19, 2020
Trump will have to use his time to ask. Biden will deflect, smile, smirk and shake his head and say it isn’t true. Moderater will help Biden get back on track with original Q
— John Ferraro (@johnferraro34) October 19, 2020
Up to President to bring up foreign policy. Work it in. Counter a biased moderator that GOP agreed to
— David W. Szady (@szadydw) October 19, 2020
Trump needs to hammer him on it anyway.
— Ken Maye (@KenMaye4) October 19, 2020
Trump will manage to work it in, trust us.
C-SPAN suspends Steve Scully for lying about hacking claim (as blue check journo defenses quickly age HORRIBLY) https://t.co/0CqweSDgWf
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) October 15, 2020