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The real reason Donald Trump skipped the 2nd debate

On its face, President Donald Trump’s immediate insistence that he would not participate in a virtual second debate made very little political sense. After all, he needs more chances to take on Joe Biden, as the former VP continues to rise in the polls. Upon further examination, though, Trump’s decision makes sense for one reason and one reason only. He sees this as an opportunity to continue to build the case, if he loses this November — for why.

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Trump says he will not participate in a virtual debate

Trump’s rejection of virtual format puts future of debates in question

Donald Trump already has an excuse if he loses in 2020

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    Hey, Chris here. Did the first presidential debate change how you viewed the candidates at all?

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    Continuing with this Russian collusion lies! This "news outlet" are totally obsessed with Trump. He literally has not had one positive segment within CNN. Not even the middle eastern peace deal? There's really doubt, CNN = Fake News

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    You are Fake News. The silent majority will surprise you fools once again. #Trump2020

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    🤣🤣🤣 the propaganda is nonstop pathetic attempts at brainwashing

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    That's a shame CNN can't be honest to the American PEOPLE! Trump never said he wouldn't debate he said he won't do it virtually. He wants it to be in person. But CNN won't tell the AMERICAN PEOPLE the TRUTH! And we all know that aren't brainwashed that PERVERTED JOE and HOMALA aren't winning anything. That's why they don't wanna have in person debates. They don't want to talk about LYING PERVERTED JOE AND HIS SICK SON. BUT the TRUTH is GOING TO BE RELEASED to THE AMERICAN PEOPLE! CNN YOUR RATINGS SUCKS. NO ONE BELIEVES OR TRUST YOUR NETWORK! TRUMP 2Q2Q. THE SWAMP IS BEING DRAINED AND YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING TO STOP WHAT IS GOING TO BE RELEASED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN AND WE WANT TRUMP FOR 2Q2Q. FOUR MORE YEARS TO KEEP MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. CUBANS-AMERICAN FOR TRUMP 2Q2Q. THE WORLD IS WAKING UP AND WE ARE JOINING THE TRUMP TRAIN FOR FOUR MORE YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TRUMP FOR THE 2Q2Q WIN ON NOV-3rd-2Q2Q.

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    Conmen believe that you can’t win unless you cheat.

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    Lol, gotta hear this.

    #TRUMP2020

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    https://youtu.be/vgDanxpaUeU don't get surprise!

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    Trump never had COVID-19, he is playing ye all big time.

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    Steve Baldwin Exposes Kamala Harris:
    "I watched an interview with her. She is attractive, animated and absurd. She stated that she never had children; yet was a
    “Mother to her husband’s children.” And she “loved being a Mother.” She said the children called her “Momela”. Anyway, she led her audience to believe that she mothered these kids. I looked her up. She married her husband when the son was in his 3rd year of college and the daughter was in 10th grade and they actually lived with their biological Mother, except for normal visits with their father—so much for Motherhood. Right after hearing that, I discovered she was an opportunistic liar.
    I do remember Kamala Harris. I had just been elected to the State Assembly in 1994 and, at that time, the ultimate “power broker” that controlled every aspect of California’s state government was the Speaker of the House, Willie Brown. He ran Sacramento like it was his own personal fiefdom and handed out jobs to loyalists and fired people who were disloyal. He broke every ethical law in the book, but was never held to account by anyone. He was married, but openly had mistresses which he showed off by bringing them to public events.
    At the time I arrived in Sacramento, Willie was seeing a young girl who was in her late 20’s. He was in his 60’s. She was his mistress and he showered her with gifts and appointed her to a number of State government jobs. Her name was Kamala Harris. Willie launched her political career because she was having sex with him. The idea that she is an “independent” woman who worked her way up the political ladder because she worked hard is baloney. It is common knowledge in California that Kamala slept her way into powerful political jobs.
    And now she is running for VP with a man who will be unable to govern due to his lack of mental clarity. In essence, she will function as the President of the United States should the Biden/Harris ticket prevail this November. Her views on guns, taxes, immigration, energy, etc. are far to the left of the average America, but you watch the media ignore these positions.
    For example, she believes illegal aliens are eligible to ALL government services, including education, welfare benefits, health care, you name it. In other words, she does NOT believe there is a difference between a citizen and a non-citizen. That view alone will cost us billions of dollars if acted upon. Her view of the constitution is frankly bizarre and dangerous and she is willing to enact laws restricting our 2nd Amendment rights even if such laws violate our constitution.
    She will be the most radical person to run for VP in American history, but you won’t see any of this on the news. You will soon witness a massive campaign by the media to deceive you about who she is and what she believes. Don’t fall for it."
    Steve Baldwin, former Congressman, State of California
    Also, Read “Profiles in Corruption” by Peter Schweizer. He dedicates an entire chapter to Kamala Harris.
    https://www.facebook.com/618922455/posts/10158778871347456/

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    He didn't skip the real debate, Biden did and you are Fake News.

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    Yeah no. Trump didn't want virtual for exactly the reason he stated- the moderator could turn off his mic when he went over time or interrupted. Being a loud lying blathering bully is his one trick. It's literally all he brings to the table. If he can't do that people will see him for the fool he is.

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    DJT is the biggest, oldest, orangest, manchild in history!

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    Religion should not be involved in the courts what so ever, there is always a divide when it does enter into politics.

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    He skipped the debate, because a TV show is not a debate, debates are in person, disruptive conversation, quit reporting fake philosophy lies, your a joker.
    TRUMP2020

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    How can anyone seriously think corrupt China Joe can debate Trump????….he couldn't even remember mitt Romney's name yesterday..d.he has dementia…poor kids are just as smart as white kid's… according to dementia Joe 😂😂😂

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    Wow this is so true…… But that's been how it's been all along since 2017

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    FAKE NEWS ! Lol 😂 HOW DO U SLEEP AT NIGHT???? WHAT A BUNCH OF LOSERS!! ACTING WORST THEN LITTLE KIDS!! SMH
    TRUMP LANDSLIDE 🇺🇸USA

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    Here something cnn won’t show you https://youtu.be/RGrHF-su9v8

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    cnn is trash,just fake news…trump 2020,peace f norway

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    Trump would win🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲

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    PLEASE share this message with as many people as possible.
    If it helps just one person feel safe enough to cast their vote, then it's worth doing.
    Plus…It might trigger some despicable maga snowflakes too…(that's a bonus).

    🔽🔽🔽🔽🔽🔽🔽🔽🔽🔽🔽🔽🔽🔽🔽🔽
    If you intend to vote in-person, but you're worried about feeling threatened by Trump's hired thugs.. WEAR RED, VOTE BLUE…..!!!!!!

    @

    P.S…To all the idiotic Trump supporters who've been responding to this message……
    Do you really think that I give a 💩 what you think…?? Talk about deluded…😂🤣😂

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    We all know. He can't debate without being an asshat.

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    Loser think. Got it.

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    Why is draft dodging Trump's decision a surprise to anyone? Seriously! This is a CON man that managed to con 40Million minions….smh!🤦🏽‍♂️

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    What's crazy is, I see many of these Trump supporters saying ''I can't wait to see the Democrats cry when Trump wins by a landslide''. This paints a clear picture into what Trump is trying to do, like the ''Sleepy Joe'' comments. The thing is, I don't even want to see the Republicans cry, I want to see Trump in despair when he loses! Then rejoice while on the long road to repairing the damage he has caused. Please vote!

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    60 million plus Christians will vote for a fear pimping rascist grifter because they believe that he is doing "God's" work.

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    "They can turn you off when they want". Sounds like a bonus.

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    Virtual debate would be able to control his verbal disrespect and bullying by muting him when necessary. He's pitiful.

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    Covid-19 test you have to take one before the debate but he still has covid-19 YIKES

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    CNN is so fake….hahaha….Trump is winning…pence is winning….CNN= corrupted news network..CNN= Clinton news network…CNN= Communist news network…. Trump 2020 baby…for sure…and please stop all your bs news…its aint working anymore 🤣

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    A virtual debate would be lame af though

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    The left Has serious trump derangement syndrome

    CNN has serious TDS

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    I can't believe you called the president the most powerful in our country tbh

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    Sure, Chris. It had NOTHING to do with the fact he was completely owned in the first debate and he is extremely embarrassed that he knows nothing about debating. I’m being sarcastic. He wants no more of that and besides, he’d much rather hold fly-in rallies to receive the accolades of his sycophants.

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    TRUMP IS THE BIGGEST COWARD PRESIDENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY

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    When i hear the guy talking i am glad i am voting for trump. TRUMP 2020

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    Someone’s should really explain denial to trump . Like really in detail !

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    I vote Democrat, but I might just give all my votes to Republicans this election day. Sick of people like Nancy Pelosi putting her hate for Trump over the needs of the people. Grow up and bring the adults back to the Democrat Party. Stop being radical, destructive and hateful.

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    Oh Geeze Not Again 2

    Trump turned down the second debate because Joe is unimportant. No one wants to see Joe. The only reason anyone would vote for Joe is that they have Trump derangement syndrome.

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    “They cut you off whenever they want.”

    This guy is gone on November 3rd. But, with the Supreme Court nomination, he can use it to claim fraud, take it to court and drag it out. He’s not going to go quietly. This is going to be a disaster.

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    I knew it wouldn't be another debate. Trump will lose and drag America into the gutter until only time will tell.

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    Trump is being persecuted against billionaires with political influence. His supporters believe this shit. Go vote.

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    Trump's & his family's recklessness has caused virtual debate. To bad whiner Trump. Trumpists are needed for tissue bearers and diaper changers.

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    CNN fake News 😭🤪

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    Trumps entire behaviour post infection draws a question on whether he ever had it. His "recovery" has been way too rapid for an obese unhealthy lump of orange lard. It all looks staged to undermine the severity of the virus.. "look at me I beat it in a few days oh and by the way I was cured by a wonder drug" it reeks of a bullshit scam

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    A white male born into a very affluent family, and he's the victim, yet again. ??? How, Sway?
    From the second he was born, he had all his rights: to vote, to own property in any neighborhood, to marry whomever he chose, to go to any school he wanted, sit at any lunch counter, etc. Many of us and our parents/grandparents were not as lucky.
    All the while, he is in charge right this moment, yet still finds a way to whine about it. Enough already.

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