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Tue Sep 29, 2020, 02:42 PM

Trump's campaign is making up fake debate excuses in advance. Sound familiar?


The president’s team reuses its campaign playbook for the debate.

By
Philip Bump
September 29, 2020 at 1:28 p.m. CDT

Shortly after former vice president Joe Biden clinched the Democratic Party’s nomination for the 2020 presidential race, President Trump and his allies invested heavily in a particular line of argument. Biden was old and enfeebled, they asserted, and could barely function physically or intellectually.

Over and over, they made this argument, even releasing ads compiling snippets of Biden stumbling over words. There was no small irony to attacking Biden as old or prone to misstatements, of course, but it was the strategy they dropped like a blanket over the political conversation.

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Over and over yet again, this was the mantra. Biden was using performance-enhancing drugs of some sort, Trump claimed, demanding a drug test. It’s an extremely weird claim, presuming that Olympics-style rules should apply to every day situations, and one without any evidence. (At a news conference on Sunday, Trump insisted that the claim could be proven if one were to “check out the Internet.”)

As Tuesday's debate neared, the claim got more specific: Biden would be using an earpiece during the debate to take instruction from aides and allies. As of writing, it's the top story on Fox News's website; its on-air staff explored the subject early in the day. Trump's campaign demanded that Biden reject the use of drugs and earpieces, a request that Biden laughed off. ("Biden campaign rejects Trump's call for inspector to check candidates for listening devices at debate," the main Fox headline currently reads.)

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/09/29/trumps-campaign-is-making-up-fake-debate-excuses-advance-sound-familiar/

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 02:45 PM

1. I am reminded of Dubyah's "ill-fitting shirt" and him arguing with the voice

feeding him answers.

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 02:47 PM

3. Oh yeah, that was pretty nuts.

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Response to rzemanfl (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 03:38 PM

14. I actually believed that at the time.

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Response to Dream Girl (Reply #14)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 03:57 PM

15. That his shirt didn't fit or that he was being fed answers? n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 02:45 PM

2. Good. Smells like fear and desperation

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 02:47 PM

4. As we all know to well

when tRUMP makes accusations about someone or something it is usually what he himself intends to do.

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Response to nykym (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 03:10 PM

12. Absolutely!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 02:47 PM

5. Accusation Is Confession, Ma'am

These people are so self-centered, they cannot conceive of anyone acting in any manner other than their own.

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Response to The Magistrate (Reply #5)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 04:45 PM

17. Obsessive self-interest seems to consume them, so little of them left over for anything but hatred.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 02:48 PM

6. Somebody is SCARED.....

I wonder who?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 02:48 PM

7. so Trump's going to be high as a kite..

and have annoying voices in his head. How would anyone know?

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Response to stillcool (Reply #7)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 03:07 PM

11. Almost makes me want to watch...

Nope, can't do it. I'll just have to get my laughs off DU commentary.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 02:49 PM

8. Trump will have to cancel, he has bone spurs in his feet and can't stand that long.

Wallace will have to submit questions on paper and Trump will respond with his crayons on 11/3!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 02:50 PM

9. All too familiar

Man, I am getting sick of the gaslighting coming out of Trump's mouth. It's just an endless stream of baseless lies and he seems incapable of admitting fault. Living in his own little world but with the power to control an entire nation. It is too bad he coined the term "fake news" because that is exactly what he is spewing out 24/7. You could tell the man that he misspelled something and he would tell you that the dictionary is wrong, or that the liberals changed the dictionary. I am desperate for some sense of normalcy where we don't have to keep trying to negotiate with a fascist sociopath.

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Response to Carrotseed (Reply #9)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 02:53 PM

10. I'm always amazed Trump is the best the GOP can find to run. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 03:31 PM

13. Biden camp should demand Chris Wallace check up Trump's ass for an Adderall supository

FOX is asking for it!

🤬😬🤢

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Sep 29, 2020, 03:59 PM

16. There he goes again

Projection.

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