In the wake of a contentious first presidential debate and President Donald Trump’s subsequent positive coronavirus test result, the remaining month of the race has been thrown into a tailspin.
At least one “senior source” inside Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s campaign believes the recent developments warrant calling off the remaining two debates, according to PBS News Hour correspondent Lisa Desjardins.
She tweeted on Friday that the unnamed source said it is “hard to see” how a second debate will go forward as scheduled.
The campaign insider went on to express concern that “the president is not just COVID positive but is actually sick.”
Of course, an array of Trump critics were calling for the cancellation of future debates even in the aftermath of round one. As one example, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) tweeted on Tuesday evening, “We don’t need another presidential debate. Cancel the next 2.”
In addition to elected Democrats, some media figures argued against holding the remaining debates.
“As I predicted this morning, there was no point to this debate because there is no point in asking Donald Trump a question,” tweeted sportswriter Gene Collier. “He thinks things are true because he says them, and thinks any truth he doesn’t like is fake. Cancel the remaining debates now.”
“Cut off Trump’s mic”
One-time MSNBC personality Melissa Harris-Perry claimed that the “debates are now a danger to public safety and a direct threat to Black life,” adding to the list of public figures calling for the upcoming debates to be canceled.
Former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks echoed allegations that Trump “abused the process and that future moderators need to have a plan to stop it,” suggesting that they could either “cut off Trump’s mic when he does his thing” or “cancel future debates.”
In light of the first debate, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced it would be implementing new rules for upcoming debates.
While it remains unclear how those rules might play out in a second and third debate before Nov. 3, the unnamed Biden source raised a valid concern with the president receiving medical care for COVID-19.
The next few weeks will undoubtedly be filled with more uncertainty, but partisans on both sides of the aisle are hopefully focused more on the well-being of our nation’s leaders than preparing for the next debate.