Donald Trump signaled that he would oppose changes to the rule of the second and third presidential debates, while claiming that he “easily won” the first match up with Joe Biden. In response to widespread criticism of the debate on Tuesday, primarily over Trump’s repeated interruptions of Joe Biden, the organizers of the debates said that they are considering changes, including additional structure to ensure “a more orderly discussion of the issues.”
Trump has done this dance before when it comes to debates. Earlier in this cycle, there was some speculation that he would not participate, as he claimed that the commission was “very biased.” As the debates approached, his campaign pressed the commission to add another debate or move the schedule, while suggesting a list of moderators. None of them were picked. Scientific polls conducted since the debate have shown that viewers thought that Biden won the debate, not Trump.
Why would I allow the Debate Commission to change the rules for the second and third Debates when I easily won last time?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2020
You got clobbered by Joe Biden last time, and you made a fool out of America and yourself! The rules must be changed so that Americans actually get to hear Joe Biden’s answers without a brat talking over him.
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) October 1, 2020