Huckabee’s Advice For Trump If Biden Won’t Debate: “Hold A Debate Anyway Against A Cardboard Cutout Of Biden & A Random Word Generator”

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The New York Times published an op-ed Monday morning titled “Let’s Scrap the Presidential Debates”, arguing the point is that the debates are meaningless– “that ‘winning’ a debate, however assessed, should be irrelevant, as are the debates themselves.”

Journalist Elizabeth Drew claimed, however, that she is not worried that Biden will lose the debates. “This, by the way, isn’t written out of any concern that Donald Trump will prevail over Joe Biden in the debates; Mr. Biden has done just fine in a long string of such contests,” she wrote.

Elizabeth Drew wrote in part:

Nervous managers of the scheduled 2020 presidential debates are shuffling the logistics and locations to deal with the threat of the coronavirus. But here’s a better idea: Scrap them altogether. And not for health reasons.

The debates have never made sense as a test for presidential leadership. In fact, one could argue that they reward precisely the opposite of what we want in a president. When we were serious about the presidency, we wanted intelligence, thoughtfulness, knowledge, empathy and, to be sure, likability. It should also go without saying, dignity.

Yet the debates play an outsize role in campaigns and weigh more heavily on the verdict than their true value deserves. Continued Below

Former Arkansans Governor Mike Huckabee responded on Twitter Monday, giving some witty advice to President Donald Trump if Joe Biden won’t debate, ahead of the November election.

“If Biden won’t debate [Donald Trump], [the president] should just hold a debate anyway-against a cardboard cutout of Joe Biden and a random word generator,” Huckabee recommended.

“I doubt many viewers would notice the difference,” he added. Continued Below

Governor Mike Huckabee’s official tweet:

President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien said on “Fox & Friends” Monday: “We want more debates. We want them to start sooner. The first debate is scheduled for September 29. By that time, 16 states will already have been voting.”

“I want to see President Trump on the debate stage. … As you’re already seeing the liberal left, the liberal media trying to create trap doors for Joe Biden to escape his commitment and his obligation to debate Donald Trump on the debate stage and in front of the American people,” Stepien added.

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Meanwhile, President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., also weighed in, writing: “OMG they’re really going for it. There’s absolutely nothing the left will not do to protect Joe Biden and cover-up for all of his obvious flaws.”

James Woods also tweeted after Bill Clinton’s White House spokesman urged Joe Biden not to debate President Trump:

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CNN’s political analyst Joe Lockhart appeared panicked and recommended that Joe Biden should not debate President Trump:

(Related: Jesse Watters: “Joe Doesn’t Really Have A Base. Biden’s Base Is Basically Borrowed Bernie Bros & Trump Haters”)