President Donald Trump’s senior campaign adviser, Steve Cortes, took aim at the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) after it announced that the next presidential debate should be held virtually. In an interview on Thursday, Oct. 8 with Fox News, Cortes accused the CPD of “putting its thumb on the scales in favor of Joe Biden.
In an interview with Fox News reporter Bret Baier, the presidential adviser was harsh on CPD for the decision to change the rules for the presidential debate scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15, without even consulting the Trump campaign. “The Commission on Presidential Debates has revealed itself as a corrupt and complicit swamp cabal,” Cortes told. “They are trying to protect Joe Biden and, in fact, bail him out.” he continued.
After the debate between current Vice President Mike Pence and vice president candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), the CPD announced from its official website the change in methodology for the next presidential debate.
“In order to protect the health and safety of all involved with the second presidential debate, scheduled for October 15, 2020,” CPD announced, “The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which the candidates would participate from separate remote locations.”
The change in format was announced six days after it was revealed that President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had contracted the CCP Virus.
President Trump made an excellent recovery, maintained constant communication through social networks, and is now back at the White House responding to his responsibilities in a normal manner, while respecting the isolation recommended by doctors. Even the White House physician, Dr. Sean Conley, announced that Trump could resume public engagements this weekend.
During the dialogue between Baier and Cortes, the journalist insinuated that CPD argues that it could not get personnel to go to Miami to cover the event, due to the workers’ fear of exposure and contagion during working hours.
Cortes responded with indignation, “You’re telling me we couldn’t find cameramen? No, I don’t buy that for one second. That is a ridiculous canard of an excuse—of course we could staff the debate.”
According to Cortes, the CPD is trying to use the president’s contagion as an excuse to protect Biden and not expose him to the situation of facing President Trump in a scenario where he would be alone and without help. It would be different if the idea of holding the debate virtually became a reality, where Biden could receive all kinds of collaboration and assistance by debating from his “basement.”
“No, if he wants to be the commander-in-chief of the greatest republic in history, he has to get on the stage himself and face off with Donald Trump,” said Cortes.
Cortes then told Baier that the Trump campaign has asked the commission to push back the dates of the two final debates to October 22 and 29, in order to ensure that the events take place in person as they historically have. In addition, yesterday President Trump announced that he will not participate in a virtual event.