The left is growing increasingly concerned with Joe Biden’s cognitive ability, and now, they’re even crying that a debate with President Trump would be catastrophic for the Biden campaign.
Joe Lockhart, a former White House Press Secretary for President Bill Clinton, is publicly pleading with the former Vice President not to debate President Trump.
Over the weekend Lockhart appeared on CNN to warn the Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Biden that debating Trump will only help the president secure his re-election. Lockhart told CNN that a Biden V.S. Trump debate would only give the president a bigger stage.
Lockhart rambled on insulting the president in what really could be chalked up to him revealing just how much he and his fellow Democrats are sweating as they see potentially another four years of Trump in the White House.
Trump “spins these conspiracy theories out there. And, up till now, most of those theories are broadcast by Fox News and, you know, on his Twitter feed,” Lockhart claimed. “And, you know, most Americans don’t see that. The debates are very different.”
“This is the one thing, now that we’re not really going to have conventions where the public will tune in, you know, 50, 60 million people,” Lockhart said. “And they will see all of this nonsense from him. He will take the truth and destroy it. And Biden will be in the position of correcting him over and over and over again. I don’t think he should give him that platform.”
In regards to who has the larger “platform”, President Trump has a massive grassroots following with 136 million combined between Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. In contrast, Joe Biden only has 12.85 million followers combined.
Lockhart said that the debates will be a “spectacle,” and that such an atmosphere, “more than anything, helps Trump.”
In an earlier op-ed also written by Lockhart, he issued a similar request of Biden, while acknowledging the backlash that would come with Biden fleeing from the challenge.
“Biden will undoubtedly take heat from Republicans and the media for skipping the debates. But it’s worth the risk… “ Lockhart added it is “is an impossible contest to win.”
Biden has not proven himself to be particularly strong on the debate stage in the past and his recent uptick in blunders during his rare public appearances indicate that a debate with the president would be nothing short of a blood-bath for the Democrat.
Biden also has an extensive history of making bizarrely false claims during debates including an embarrassing one in 2012 that revealed he didn’t know the innerworkings of the terrible Obamacare plan that he and his buddy Obama shoved down the throats of the American people.
The Biden campaign agreed in June that the they are willing to participate in three debates. But Democrats are worried that the aging Biden, who has had trouble articulating his views in past debates, will look frail next to President Trump.
Alongside begging Biden to back out of the debates, Democrats have also called for “real-time fact-checking” as part of the debate.
New York Times‘ Thomas Friedman wrote last month that Biden should not debate Trump unless he releases his tax returns and unless the debate has real-time fact-checking.
The fact-checking would be completed by a moderator which would leave it extremely vulnerable to political bias – a major issue that we have seen in the past.
Such “real-time” fact-checking drastically affected a 2012 debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney where the CNN moderator Candy Crowley incorrectly declared that Obama was right about having declared that the Benghazi terror attack was, in fact, a terror attack. She later acknowledged that she had been wrong.