President Donald Trump objected to planned rule changes to his next debates with former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday, claiming he won the first debate “easily.”
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
The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced Wednesday that its first debate got out of hand. The organization is now planning to allow moderators to cut the mics of candidates who interrupt or speak over their allotted time.
Many viewers and media members described the Tuesday debate in Cleveland, Ohio, as a “sh*t show,” with Fox News Host Chris Wallace moderating and repeatedly struggling to control the candidates, particularly Trump.
Trump and Biden talked over one another for minutes on end, with Trump continuously refusing to respect his opponent’s dedicated time. The structure of the debate was supposed to allow for each candidate to speak for two minutes before moving to a free discussion phase for each topic.
The Trump campaign was also quick to push back on the CPD’s announcement Wednesday, releasing a statement saying they only sought to change the rules to help Biden.
“They’re only doing this because their guy got pummeled last night,” Trump Campaign Communication Director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement. “President Trump was the dominant force and now Joe Biden is trying to work the refs. They shouldn’t be moving the goalposts and changing the rules in the middle of the game.”
Author: Anders Hagstrom
Source: Daily Caller: ‘I Easily Won Last Time’: Trump Signals He Won’t ‘Allow’ Incoming Debate Rule Changes