The Republican Party goes even deeper down the Trump rabbit hole

“As long as [Commission on Presidential Debates] Seemingly bent on blocking the meaningful reforms necessary to restore its credibility with the Republican Party as a fair, nonpartisan actor, the CPC will take every step to ensure that future Republican presidential candidates are given that opportunity elsewhere,” RNC President Rona McDaniel wrote in a letter to the committee.

At the heart of McDaniel’s demands is that the Congolese National Assembly have a greater role in determining who runs the three general election debates between the two major party candidates every four years. The requirement reflects former President Donald Trump’s complaints about the mediators in the 2020 debate, who he insisted were biased against him without any real evidence.

Trump declined to participate in the second debate slated for 2020 after the panel decided it should actually be held to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

“The committee changed the style of the debate, and that’s unacceptable to us,” Trump said at the time, adding to Joe Biden, “I beat him in the first debate. I beat him easily.”

This GNC maneuver is simply the latest evidence that the Republican Party appears perfectly comfortable following Trump — who has repeatedly signaled a plan to run for president again in 2024 — down any rabbit hole for conspiracy theories.

The Commission on Presidential Debates has been – since its formation in 1987 – a nonpartisan organization that has preferred to remain almost entirely behind the scenes.
One of the co-chairs is Frank Fahrenkov, who served as the RNC’s president from 1983 to 1989. (The other co-chair, Kenneth Wallack, is a foreign policy expert with a background in journalism.)

There is none when it comes to allegations of bias from Trump. However, the FNC has now thrown its weight behind this ridiculous claim from the former president because, well, there is no Republican party these days outside of Trump (and his whims).

the point: This move is rightly read by the RNC as the latest example of Trump’s successful erosion of any sense that nonpartisan entities can (and do exist). To him, everyone is either with him or against him – and he has decided that the Presidential Debate Committee is against him.


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