As the 2020 general election gets closer, President Donald Trump seems like he’s panicking. In a barrage of tweets this Monday morning, he loudly complained about the nonprofit commission tasked with handling general election debates between major party presidential candidates and suggested that he might skip the debates, like a recent report in The New York Times suggested — which is ironic, considering the sheer volume of his criticism of reporting from the publication. His complaints are completely melodramatic and bad faith — for instance, he claimed that the commission publicly apologized for supposedly rigging a 2016 mic of his, but that never happened.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 16, 2019
Still, he tweeted:
‘I look very much forward to debating whoever the lucky person is who stumbles across the finish line in the little watched Do Nothing Democrat Debates. My record is so good on the Economy and all else, including debating, that perhaps I would consider more than 3 debates. The problem is that the so-called Commission on Presidential Debates is stacked with Trump Haters & Never Trumpers. 3 years ago they were forced to publicly apologize for modulating my microphone in the first debate against Crooked Hillary.’
Besides the issue with his lie that the commission “publicly apologized” for supposedly rigging his mic despite them having actually simply acknowledged a technical issue, Trump also presents absolutely no evidence for his angry claim that the debate commission is stacked with opponents of his agenda. He’s used the same pejorative — “Never Trumper” — for witnesses in the recent public impeachment inquiry hearings, but he didn’t present evidence of the claim then, either. He simply enjoys drumming up drama, apparently.
After the above — as if this is all just some reality television gaffe to him — Trump continued after the above by insisting that he “will make a decision at an appropriate time but in the meantime, the Commission on Presidential Debates is NOT authorized to speak for me (or R’s)!”
Meanwhile, while he attempts this apparent desperate distraction attempt against the ongoing impeachment proceedings, an apparently forthcoming approval of articles of impeachment by the full House remains set for this week. He will be the third president to be impeached.
Check out Twitter’s response below…