The Lincoln Project, a group of Republican strategists and “Never Trump” voters, have produced some of the hardest-hitting attack ads against the Republican nominee in the 2020 campaign season. Following Tuesday night’s debate, however, all they could do was laugh.
BREAKING: Donald Trump’s secret debate tape revealed.
[Speculation got a little out of hand — we were just monkeying around] pic.twitter.com/tq7rCltViB
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) September 30, 2020
Teasing viewers with promises of a “leaked” tape of Donald Trump’s debate prep against Joe Biden, the video pans down a long hotel hallway before entering the “debate prep room” to show details of the Trump team’s strategy. What’s found inside the room, however, is a group of primates fighting, throwing things, and making fools of themselves.
It may not be real video, but it’s accurate in tone. Trump walked onto a debate stage on Tuesday night, angry and combative, and threw insults at his opponent while never answering fully any questions on policy or plans, never rebuking the white supremacist groups who support him, and never getting a single fact right. Meanwhile, Trump’s debate prep team seems to have consisted of just former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and White House advisor and Trump son-in-law, Jared Kushner, two political figures with a long history of disaccord. The amateur hour was apparent during Trump’s debate as he failed to rise to the occasion and instead spent the night screaming at his opponent and, even more alarmingly, at the debate moderator, Chris Wallace.
The video, meant to be a joke, was quite controversial on Twitter. Many of the comments stated that the time for jokes is long past and that things have become too serious for laughter, while others disagreed. Read some of their comments below: