Nobody who is paying attention will be surprised President Donald Trump is speaking out about his upcoming debates with a Democratic opponent.
The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday that it will organize and sponsor three presidential debates heading into the 2020 election, but that announcement was followed by the media-hating President predicting a left-wing trap. In a series of tweets, President Trump said the Commission is “stacked with Trump Haters and Never Trumpers,” and he suggested he might push to do the debates “directly” and avoid the “nasty politics of the very biased Commission.”
Talk host and journalist Richard Randall tells OneNewsNow the President may have a point considering past presidential debates, such as the infamous Obama-Romney debate in 2012. In that debate, Randall points out that CNN’s Candy Crowley defended then-President Obama when Mitt Romney described his foot-dragging over the Benghazi attack.
“It took the President 14 days before he called the attack an act of terror,” Romney correctly claimed only to be shut down by both Crowley and President Obama.
“He did in fact, sir,” Crowley corrected Romney.
“Can you say that a little louder, Candy?” Obama quickly said.
It turned out, however, that Romney had been right.
Randall says Crowley “interjected” herself into that debate and, even worse, appeared ready for the accusation in order to help Obama shut down the claim.
Trump is no pushover during debates, however, and proved to be quick-witted when he zinged Hillary Clinton with the memorable “you’d be in jail” line in 2016.
The debate commission, which began in 1987, is a non-profit that claims to be nonpartisan, too.
The commission’s first and only executive director is Janet Brown, a veteran of D.C. politics in the White House, State Department, and U.S. Senate.
As recently as the last Democratic debate in October, CNN moderator Anderson Cooper bent over backwards to console Joe Biden.
“Mr. Vice President,” Anderson began, “President Trump has falsely accused your son of doing something wrong while serving on a company board in Ukraine. I want to point out there's no evidence of wrongdoing by either one of you.”
“They're forever interjecting their opinions into the debates,” Randall points out, “and many times, like much of the fake news or the false news, it is which questions are asked and which one's aren't asked.”
His best suggestion for a fair debate: Let the candidates ask questions to each other.