Joe Biden is afraid to debate President Trump. He wants to remain locked in his basement bunker. He knows that he cannot reconcile Trump’s energy and wit on stage with observing the country and the fate of the elections.
At least you might think if you rely on right media for your news. The reality is that Biden is very willing to discuss Trump this fall. In fact, his campaign has already approved the three debates with Trump.
However, speculation about Fox News and other right-wing media has suggested otherwise. If you pay attention to this media universe, you know that stories about biden that skip debates have completely saturated reporting. It is everywhere. From the front page of Breitbart to Rush Limbaugh̵
In a statement on Monday evening, Biden spokesman TJ Ducklo poured cold water on such reporting. Ducklo told me: “Donald Trump and his Fox News allies have decided that an imaginary controversy over debates will be their latest attempt to distract Americans from the President’s catastrophic response to the corona virus, which has killed 150,000 Americans and millions unemployed has made.”
“This is not a puzzle,” added Ducklo. “The Debate Commission has invited both candidates to participate in three debates. Joe Biden has agreed. Donald Trump has not done so. The puzzle has been solved.”
Where it comes from
Yes, there were some NYT opinions and short talks about why Biden should skip the debates. Personally, I have never taken the suggestions too seriously. It always feels that these experts speak theoretically. I would bet that they even know what they are saying and recommending what is not really relevant.
Now the shoe is on the other foot. Bill Stephien said on Monday at “Fox & Friends” – his first TV appearance as Trump’s campaign manager – that the campaign wants to see “more debates” and “earlier”. And Erin Perrine said in “The Story” that Biden set up a “trap door” to skip the debates.
The coverage of such comments from the Trump campaign should really emphasize that only one campaign actually proposed to skip the debates. And it’s not Bidens …