Donald Trump recently criticized the scheduling for the presidential debates since two of the three fall on the same night as NFL football games, claiming the scheduling was “rigged” to limit the number of viewers which would help Hillary Clinton. Well, he’s really going to be upset with the shocking move the commission just made that will undoubtedly have an effect on the election.
According to a report from Politico, the Commission on Presidential Debates has directed the hosting venues to make way for a third podium on their stages. Yeah, you read that right. They’re telling the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Washington University in St. Louis to prepare for possibly having one of the third-party candidates participate in the debates, because apparently they believe that one of them may poll high enough to be invited.
“With [former Gov.] Gary Johnson polling in some places more than double digits, they might have, some of our production people may have said, ‘Just in case, you need to plan out what that might look like,’” Commission on Presidential Debates co-chair and former Bill Clinton White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry told the website. “We won’t know the number of invitations we extend until mid-September.”
So in other words, just before the debates happen, they’re probably going to pull a fast one and bring Johnson up there so he and Hillary can team up on Trump. Johnson’s only polling at around 8.8 percent in national averages, so he has a way to go to even be considered; however, Frank Fahrenkopf, McCurry’s Republican counterpart and co-chair on the commission, also said that they would be willing to make an exception if he gets close enough without actually hitting the magic 15 percent.
Lovely, right? If you remember, Trump last month criticized the commission for its scheduling, and the GOP agreed. But why wouldn’t they? Of course less viewership is going to help Hillary Clinton – she’s a target rich environment with many, many failures to attack – and as we saw through the Wikileaks email dump, the fix on her getting the nomination long before the debates were scheduled.
Republican lawyer Ben Ginsberg also agreed.
“The commission selects debate dates a year in advance so it can lock up venues and corporate sponsorships,” Ginsberg said in an interview recently. “This year, that’s a down side for a candidate wanting to get the maximum number of voters engaged in the debates since two conflict with NFL games. There’s nothing magic about needing a large venue and corporate sponsorships for a presidential debate. If those two dates are a problem for a candidate, they could be replaced by a television studio debate on days that would attract the maximum number of viewers to these events so crucial to Americans choosing their president.”
Despite Trump’s protests, the Clinton campaign has refused to even discuss moving the debates to a time slot that would give them better ratings. So what does that tell you?
Plus, now it appears as if the for Clinton staffer has another trick up his sleeve to ensure Hillary gets the White House, since a third candidate on stage would again help her immensely as she’d have someone to help take the focus off of her. Talk about being handed the election on a platter; between the media’s constant bombardment against Trump, a powerful lawyer fighting every single voter ID law in the nation and having the courts rule in his favor, and now the debate commission seemingly working in Hillary’s favor, it’s almost impossible for her to lose.
We just need to make sure stories like this are spread far and wide so people can really see what’s going on. After all, nobody likes a cheat, and if it weren’t for cheating, Hillary wouldn’t ever stand a chance.