If Trump becomes president, how many international affairs will he back out of?
Trump is at it again with picking and choosing which debates he wants to show up to, and it looks like he may be priming the public for his absence at the upcoming presidential debates.
The presidential debates were decided in September of 2015, but Trump is now reacting to the schedule in a negative way, accusing “Hillary & the Dems” of “trying to rig the debates.” In a tweet last Friday, he said:
To his credit, the recent shadiness of the DNC and Hillary cannot be overlooked. The DNC’s own Chair resigned after an email leak showed what Bernie fans knew all along: the DNC was not impartial as they claimed to be and even though their own rules state they must be, and that they were helping Hillary the whole time.
Suspicions arose of Debbie Wasserman Schultz rigging the Democratic debates so that Bernie, the underdog of the party, would have fewer viewers, though that hasn’t exactly been proven.
So Trump’s accusation of unfair scheduling isn’t too far off-base, but he’s still far from right in this situation. First of all, the DNC isn’t responsible for setting up the debates. That job is reserved for the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), meaning it’s unlikely the Democratic party had anything to do with the dates of the debates. The CPD is compiled of a bipartisan team to help combat any bias.
Donald Trump repeated his argument in an interview for ABC’s This Week, and added,
“Well, I’ll tell you what I don’t like. It’s against two NFL games, I got a letter from the NFL saying, this is ridiculous, why are the debates—because the NFL doesn’t want to go against the debates.”
The NFL responded by releasing a statement that didn’t surprise many because of Trump’s tendency to not only exaggerate but flat out lie. They said,
“While we obviously wish the debate commission could find another night, we did not send a letter to Trump.”
Trump has backed out of debates in the past, including the one he promised to Bernie Sanders and another where he refused to speak with Megyn Kelly, who was set to be a moderator. As the good people of Twitter pointed out, this tweet is likely Trump’s way of planting the seed for him to back out of the debates later. Many have speculated that Trump would chicken out because he knows he’s not intelligent enough or as well-versed in politics as Hillary Clinton.
Whether he actually goes through with debating Clinton after all the criticism he has received is still unknown, but no one will be surprised if he doesn’t show up.
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