In the latest sign of Democratic desperation over the prospect of humiliation in a presidential debate, a New York Times columnist is pushing a novel approach:
Former Vice President Joe Biden should refuse to debate President Donald Trump, says The Times’ Thomas Friedman, unless Trump agrees to two conditions the whole world already knows he will never accept.
It’s duplicitous, it’s cowardly, and it’s banking on the knee-jerk cooperation of the mainstream media. In short, it’s a perfect example of Democratic tactics in the 2020 race.
Friedman, a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist with dangerous totalitarian fantasies, published a piece on Tuesday suggesting Biden decline to step on a debate stage with Trump in the fall unless Trump agrees to release his tax returns from 2016 to 2018 and accepts a “fact-checking” squad. That team will be given 10 minutes at the end of each debate to “report on any misleading statements, phony numbers or outright lies either candidate had uttered.”
In a typically pious piece, headlined “Biden Should Not Debate Trump Unless …,” Friedman claims to be concerned about ensuring the two men are debating on an even playing field, and that the “massive television audience” can’t be misled.
But his real motivation for the idea is present in the column’s very first sentence: “I worry about Joe Biden debating Donald Trump.”
He should be. And every American dim enough, or deranged enough, to want Biden to be sworn in as president in January should be worried about the debates, too.
After a sham primary process made up mainly of mannequins representing various identity politics voting blocs, Democrats have settled on an aging, morally dishonest, almost certainly corrupt and very possibly senile figurehead to challenge Trump in the election.
Even the millions of Americans who despise the president would have to admit, if they were to be honest, that Trump’s fortitude is unflagging.