The Commission on Presidential Debates announced that the second planned debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump had been officially cancelled on Friday, following a reluctance from Biden to debate and the revelation that debate moderator Steve Scully had been planning public statements with anti-Trump commentator Anthony Scaramucci.
The Commission had sought to replace the debate with a ‘virtual’ contest in light of President Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis and quick recovery. The President refused such a alternative, maintaining that an event with the seriousness of a presidential debate should be conducted in person.
The debate’s fate was also placed in jeopardy when planned moderator Steve Scully was caught attempting to collude with anti-Trump hack Anthony Scaramucci on Thursday. Scully accidentally sent what was supposed to be a DM to Scaramucci as a tweet, asking him how he should respond to the President’s accusations of bias on the part of the Commission for Presidential Debates. In dishonest fashion, Scully claimed that his Twitter account had actually been “hacked,” an excuse he’s used in previous years when making embarrassing tweets. The FBI has now began a purported investigation into the laughable “hack,” but there’s no way Scully could’ve claimed to fairly moderate a presidential debate after his Scaramucci DM leaked.
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtagh that President Trump is still willing to engage in a debate without the Commission’s interference and insistence upon a virtual contest.
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) October 9, 2020
President Trump previously expressed a willingness to appear in a debate-style event with podcaster Joe Rogan, breaking free of the establishment media format for debates. Biden has refused to consider the proposal.
As of Friday afternoon, the scheduled third presidential debate planned in Miami, Florida is still on, but it seems somewhat likely that that contest could be cancelled as well in light of the flop of the second debate.
“Moderate” Democrat Senator Joe Manchin Wants Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz Removed From the Senate
So much for moderation and unity…
Conventional wisdom can often be misleading and at times dangerous if we believe in it too strongly.
Take for example West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. He is constantly marketed as the Democrats’ most moderate Senator. There is a grain of truth to this. Manchin has publicly stated that he opposes ending the filibuster and has also poured cold water on $2,000 stimulus checks. But that’s where the moderation ends.
Manchin is now saying that the Senate should entertain the idea of expelling Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) by using the 14th Amendment over their recent decision to challenge the Electoral College results.
On PBS’s Firing Line, Manchin said the Senate should look into the option after right-wing activists stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Manchin is of the opinion that President Donald Trump and Senators like Hawley and Cruz “incited” these demonstrators.
“That should be a consideration,” Manchin stated. “He understands that. Ted’s a very bright individual, and I get along fine with Ted, but what he did was totally outside of the realm of our responsibilities or our privileges.”
According to the 14th Amendment, no elected official “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
Hyped up leftist pundits believe that the 14th amendment is applicable to Cruz and Hawley due to how they allegedly “incited” the riot by talking about electoral fraud and pointing out electoral irregularities.
“I’m totally convinced it was done because of political reasons. This was all politically motivated. This was calculated,” declared Manchin. “I believe that all my colleagues truly made a decision that was politically best for them and expedient for them. It was not what they believed to be true or false.”
Unquestionably, Manchin is an establishment hack through and through. He may have reasonable views on gun policy, in part due to West Virginia’s strong gun culture, but Manchin is still a member of the D.C. swamp. His recent statements demonstrate this. Republican nationalists should relieve him of the burden of holding public office in 2024.
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