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By on March 16, 2019 in See It Here


The Democratic National Committee has set a dozen debates for those wanting to replace President Trump in the White House on November 3, 2020.

It’s been announced Fox News will not be hosting any of these debates, in part because of a New Yorker article outlining how President Trump confers with Fox News hosts as well as the numerous interviews he does with the outlet at many of the MAGA rallies. There is also concern about reports Mr. Trump was fed questions as a candidate in previous debates. And in keeping with the way Fake News is not supposed to operate according to someone we all admire, former DNC operative Donna Brazile fed questions to Hillary Clinton prior to a CNN debate.

Obviously, the President is pissed. Which means he had to tweet that he won’t participate in any debates held by “Fake News” when both parties have candidates next year. He expects to be the one from the Republican party which is a pretty good expectation.

It’s also something we see all the time from Mr. Trump: you did this to me so I’m going to do this to you. Maturity isn’t in his skill set, among other helpful characteristics.

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace is the best of any Sunday talk show questioners and he would have been terrific in trying to get a candidate to actually answer a question, something he does every Sunday. 

Democratic National Committee co-chair Tom Perez may say that Fox News viewers will tune in and not listen to anything because each loves Mr. Trump so it’s a waste of time. I say, it’s one moment when a responsible DNC could provide an example of talking to the other side, a reason we have debates in the first place.  And, it will be first step in making ideas work instead of finger-pointing news conferences.

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