Responding exclusively to complaints that President Donald Trump spoke over Joe Biden at their first debate encounter, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that they would mute Trump and Biden while the other candidate is speaking during their two minutes of allotted time. While this decision could make for a more orderly contest, the fact that it is being done under pressure from Trump critics is too much to bear.
In a statement, the commission said it “had determined that it is appropriate to adopt measures intended to promote adherence to agreed-upon rules and inappropriate to make changes to those rules.”
Or maybe – hear us out here – Biden should be able to stand up for himself if he’s to prove that he’s a worthy candidate for the highest office in the land? No? No one? Cool.
In a statement, the Trump campaign said it wouldn’t let these last-second changes keep them from the stage on Thursday night.
“President Trump is committed to debating Joe Biden regardless of last minute rule changes from the biased commission in their latest attempt to provide advantage to their favored candidate,” said campaign manager Bill Stepien
According to the New York Times, “Once each candidate has delivered his two-minute reply, Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden, the Democratic nominee, will be allowed to freely engage with each other for the remainder of each 15-minute segment, with both microphones fully functional.”
Well, that will be the rub. Truth be told, we don’t have much of a problem with this functionality – IF that’s how it’s used. The problem is if we’re putting Democratic Party hack Kristen Welker in charge of the mute button and she just decides to use it whenever she deems it necessary. Bad enough that Trump has to compete with both the moderator and Biden; ridiculous that they should also be able to exercise control over whether or not he can even speak.
At the end of the day, we’re hardly convinced that another debate is even necessary. If you haven’t made up your mind yet about which one of these guys to vote for, what’s another debate going to prove? Undecided voters, at this point, are probably writing checks in crayon and eating from a community trough. They could flip a coin and come up with a better voting plan than the one their minds are going to produce. A final debate sure isn’t going to help.
On the other hand, we’re always happy to watch Trump punch away on the pathetic shell of a politician that is Joe Biden. They could mute his microphone the whole time and he’d still win.
Not that we should give them any ideas…