“Let Tuesday night have been Trump’s final, disreputable appearance on a nationally televised stage. Let him conduct the rest of his campaign desperately yelling to crowds of true believers as his defeat grows ever nearer.” https://t.co/Iobc4f339t
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) September 30, 2020
No sooner had the debate between President Trump and former Vice-President Joe Biden ended last night than the mainstream media began pushing a seemingly coordinated narrative that this should be the last debate between the two candidates this campaign.
Pundits and anchors from mainstream media – both print & TV – began calling, almost in unison, for a cancellation of the next two presidential debates.
“There should be no more ‘debates,'” wrote “conservative” commentator Bill Kristol in an article published after midnight Wednesday morning, just hours after the debate ended. Kristol hand-wringing-ly justified the cancellation of future debates by calling last night a “national humiliation.”
Kristol was not alone:
As I earlier tonight, there is no need for any further national humiliation: this was the first and should be the last #PresidentialDebate. What on this blessed earth makes you believe the next two debates will be better than this? Let’s just #VOTE https://t.co/DXg7UMVL79
— Michael Steele (@MichaelSteele) September 30, 2020
Dear Debate Commission: Fix the debate format (Penalty box? Mute button? Stun gun?) or cancel the next two. My column. https://t.co/yystmAZvGr
— Margaret Sullivan (@Sulliview) September 30, 2020
No more debates. No more opportunities for Trump to debase American democracy. Biden did well tonight.
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) September 30, 2020
Media urge Biden: Just say no to more debates! pic.twitter.com/EUgtwbYidC
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 30, 2020
As others pointed out, the “predetermined consensus” tells one all they need to know about who the winner was.
Now the media will come to its predetermined consensus that there should be no more debates. And they just did pic.twitter.com/bOw7P9qWXO
— Tom Shattuck (@tomshattuck) September 30, 2020
If Biden won the debate, why wouldn’t they want more debates?
This needs to be made into that meme of the cartoon guy deciding on which button to press.
— Dave (@heyyoudvd) September 30, 2020
You know you lost bad when one side says no more debates…
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) September 30, 2020