Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman formulated a strategy for former Vice President Joe Biden to avoid embarrassment and bow out of presidential debates with President Donald Trump – while putting the blame on the incumbent.
“I worry about Joe Biden debating Donald Trump – he should do it only under two conditions … otherwise, he’s giving Trump unfair advantages,” Friedman conceded in his New York Times column, titled “Biden Should Not Debate Trump Unless …”
Reasons to duck under the ropes unscathed …
Friedman wants Trump to reveal tax information on the money he made from companies he created when he was a private businessman – in fear of the president exposing Biden’s amassed fortune made from dealings he made from his positions in public office over the decades.
“First, Biden should declare that he will take part in a debate only if Trump releases his tax returns for 2016 through 2018 … Biden has already done so … and Trump must, too,” he advised. “No more gifting Trump something he can attack while hiding his own questionable finances.”
The far-left wordsmith also wants to run Trump’s assertions made during debates through a hand-picked commission – much like CNN and MSNBC have done in their “fact checks” over the past four years.
“And second, Biden should insist that a real-time fact-checking team approved by both candidates be hired by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates – and that 10 minutes before the scheduled conclusion of the debate, this team report on any misleading statements, phony numbers or outright lies either candidate had uttered,” Friedman continued. “That way no one in that massive television audience can go away easily misled.”
He then basically presented himself as a worthy authority to make the rules for the debate, fully knowing – like most Americans – that Trump would never agree to such terms.
“Debates always have ground rules, [so] why can’t telling the truth and equal transparency on taxes be conditions for this one?” the NYT columnist posed.
Wait a minute here …
Friedman’s advice for Biden to refuse to debate Trump was severely criticized by the conservative media, who warned about his columns riddled with “dangerous totalitarian fantasies.”
“It’s duplicitous, it’s cowardly and it’s banking on the knee-jerk cooperation of the mainstream media … In short, it’s a perfect example of Democratic tactics in the 2020 race,” Western Journal’s Joe Saunders contended about Friedman’s advice before addressing the anti-Trump columnist’s admitted fear over the debate. “He should be [scared], and every American dim enough – or deranged enough – to want Biden to be sworn in as president in January should be worried about the debates, too.”
It was argued that Biden’s incompetence and shady dealings over his 40 years in office has already made it obvious to Republicans and Democrats alike that he is utterly unfit to lead the country.
“After a sham primary process made up mainly of mannequins representing various identity politics voting blocs, Democrats have settled on an aging, morally dishonest, almost certainly corrupt and very possibly senile figurehead to challenge Trump in the election,” Saunders reasoned. “Even the millions of Americans who despise the president would have to admit – if they were to be honest – that Trump’s fortitude is unflagging.”
He then contrasted Trump – aggressively fighting off the mainstream media’s taunts and Democrats’ attacks on a daily basis – to Biden … who has chosen to self-quarantine himself in his home bunker to presumably to avoid campaign trail blunders and mishaps.
“Biden has been doddering around his basement, occasionally making cyber statements in settings under laboratory-like controls – and still botching it,” Saunders pointed out. “Worries about the coronavirus aside, Biden’s physical appearance in a traditional campaign would be a disaster for Democrats – and Democrats know it.”
Biden’s relentless gaffes have now progressed into disoriented statements and absurd jargon that often result in him apologizing or trying to talk himself out of a hole.
“Some of his appearances with even friendly media have bordered on the bizarre – like his botched baseball analogy with CNN’s Dana Bash – and his ‘you ain’t black’ line about undecided black voters to a popular black radio host – will go down in American political history as an example of how not to make friends and influence the people,” Saunders added.
Trying to pull one over on America
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson – who has been rumored to possibly be a leading 2024 GOP presidential candidate – is amazed at the lefts’ scandalous strategy for a November victory.
“[I]t's pretty obvious what's going on here – this is the most cynical election strategy ever devised or ever perpetrated on American voters,” Carlson wrote in his Fox News piece. “Hide the candidate until Election Day, the country can find out what's in the administration after it's in power, but until then, no appearing in public, and … don't ever tell the truth.”
He insisted that Biden’s campaign will follow Friedman’s advice.
“[T]hey will take it because they have no choice,” Carlson assured. “Biden is up in the polls as of right now, so they can't let him talk – that could wreck everything … People might discover that Joe Biden bears no resemblance to the Joe Biden they remember.”
The conservative figurehead listed off a small handful of Biden’s many recent blunders:
- “They would put 720 million women back in the workforce.” (over twice the United States’ total population)
- “I love this place. Look, what's not to like about Vermont in terms the beauty of it and what a neat town. (while campaigning in New Hampshire)
- “Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”
- “We choose science over fiction. We choose truth over facts.”
- “Think about it. We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women are created by – oh, you know the – you know the thing.”
Carlson commented on Biden’s inability to remember the most basic American principles.
“But poor Joe Biden does not know the thing, and at times, Biden doesn't seem to know anything or even to recognize his own wife,” he insisted.
It was argued that it will be impossible for Biden to debate.
“Imagine Biden spending six hours on stage with Donald Trump trading jabs on live television – no, he can't do that, so he is not going to do that,” Carlson assured. “Instead, they're going to keep Joe Biden hidden behind the curtain. He'll read prepared speeches from time to time. On a good day, he can pull that off, but nothing extemporaneous or off-the-cuff. He is not capable of that.”
He called out the Democratic Party for its “shocking” audacity to try and put Biden in the Oval Office.
“They're running a candidate for president who cannot govern, and they know that, and they're doing it anyway,” Carlson impressed. “So what does that say about the people around Joe Biden? Well, they are ruthless, obviously, and they're not into debate – not just presidential debates, but any debate. They don't like being disagreed with. They don't believe that there are two sides to any question. They believe their own views are the only legitimate views, [and] when you criticize them, they won't engage with you. They don't bother to rebut your points – they simply attack you.”