…The president recently made it clear that he is giving serious consideration to skipping or recalibrating the 2020 general election presidential debates. He would be wise to follow his instincts.
Trump pointed out that debates involving Democratic candidates were “little-watched,” and said the “so-called Commission on Presidential Debates is stacked with Trump haters and Never-Trumpers.” He’ll weigh his options and “make a decision at an appropriate time.”
…Realizing that it has never dealt with a president such as this one in its 30-year history, the commission hastily released a statement to defend its reputation while seeking to protect its prestigious yet now shaky territory, saying in part, “The televised general election debates are an important part of our democratic process. Since 1988, the Commission on Presidential Debates has conducted 30 general election presidential and vice presidential debates. Our record is one of fairness, balance and nonpartisanship.”
Many Republicans, conservatives and independents — even those who are now solidly Never Trumpers — most likely laughed out loud when they read that last line about “fairness, balance and nonpartisanship.”
Take, for example, former CNN anchor Candy Crowley. Back on Oct. 16, 2012, during the debate between President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney, many Republicans believed she morphed from a pretend “nonpartisan” journalist into Obama’s personal, and very biased, protector right before their very eyes.