Trump broke the debates. According to The Post, the Commission on Presidential Debates issued a statement announcing that it would consider format changes to prevent President Bananapants from smearing poop on the walls during the upcoming debate in Miami. (I’m paraphrasing!)
“Last night’s debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues. The CPD will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly.”
Perhaps a retractable Cone of Silence? A Super Soaker so the moderator can spray him in the face the way some people squirt water at cats to keep them off the kitchen counters? A trap door and pedestal rig so Trump can be lowered into an isolation tank and raised back up when it’s his turn to speak?
Meanwhile, Republican allies know how bad this was, even if they’re pretending otherwise in the Fox News ecosystem. From The Beast:
According to advisers close to the president, the act was not purely impulsive, but strategic—born out of a strategy that sought to confuse and confound Biden with the ultimate goal of getting the former vice president to stumble and lose his train of thought.
That strategy might have been effective if Trump had allowed Biden to speak more than two sentences in a row without boorishly cutting him off. Seriously, how fucking stupid is this damp, raging Circus Peanut?
But in the aftermath of the carnage, even some of the president’s own boosters couldn’t help but concede that he had spent an hour and a half acting like a feral animal.
“I think on the Trump side, it was too hot,” former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who had done debate prep with Trump leading up to Tuesday, said on ABC. “Listen, you come in and decide you want to be aggressive and that was the right thing, to be aggressive. But that was too hot.”
Reached for comment late Tuesday night, Ed Rollins, a veteran GOP strategist who fronts the pro-Trump group Great America PAC, simply responded, “Wow. I have seen nothing like this ever. Don’t want to comment any further.” Asked if the president did a good job or not, Rollins would only reply, “No comment.”
“Too hot.” A prediction: they’ll over-adjust the meds, and Trump will slur somnolently though the Miami debate. The toddler gates the Commission on Presidential Debates puts up won’t even be necessary.
My guess is ratings will be WAY down for the next debate after last night’s unwatchable calamity, so Trump probably blew his best chance to shake things up…in a way that is positive for his campaign.
Also, I don’t know how reliable the Daily Mail is, but according to that outlet, Brad Parscale’s meltdown is related to an investigation into the theft of $40M from the Trump campaign and $10M from the RNC. So there’s that scandal to look forward to in the waning weeks of the campaign.
Folks, meet Trump’s past 3 Campaign Managers: Parscale, Manafort, Bannon. pic.twitter.com/UOGPdjkL31
— RuralLiberal (@HiraethResists) September 28, 2020
Notice a pattern? Trump is a clown, as Biden rightly called him last night, and Trump surrounds himself with grifting clowns, including the ones that sprang from his grotesque loins. The clowns are trying to steal the election, but as Biden said, we have the power to stop them:
Show up and vote. You will determine the outcome of this election. Vote, vote, vote. If you’re able to vote early in your state, vote early. If you’re able to vote in person, vote in person. Vote whatever way is the best way for you, because you will… He cannot stop you from being able to determine the outcome of this election. And in terms of whether or not… When the votes are counted and they’re all counted, that will be accepted. If I win, that will be accepted. If I lose, that’ll be accepted. But by the way, if in fact he says, he’s not sure what he’s going to accept. Well, let me tell you something, it doesn’t matter, because if we get the votes, it’s going to be all over. He’s going to go. He can’t stay in power. It won’t happen. It won’t happen, so vote. Just make sure you understand, you have it in your control to determine what this country is going to look like the next four years. Is it going to change, or are you going to get four more years of these lies?
I’m glad he said that. It was important. Open thread.