Donald Trump announced that he wouldn’t “waste his time” on the upcoming October 15 presidential debate after the Commission on Presidential Debates determined it would be handled in a virtual manner due to Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis.
Fox News invited former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg to discuss Trump’s refusal to debate.
Buttigieg told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade, “Well, it’s too bad, I don’t know why the president’s afraid to participate in a debate.”
“All of us have had to get used to a virtual format. Parents are having to deal with e-learning, which is not what we’re used to,” continued Buttigieg. “We’re having to take meetings over Zoom. It’s not something I think most of us enjoy, but it’s a safety measure.”
“I think part of why the US is badly behind the rest of the developed world on dealing with the pandemic is because every time there’s been a choice between doing something in a way that’s more safe or less safe, this president seems to push for less safe.”
“I think it’s also probably a reflection of the weakness of his campaign… and it’s too bad because I think the more the American people can hear two candidates side by side, even if it’s virtual, the better,” he added.
“Of course, the only reason we’re here in the first place is that the president of the United States is still contagious with a deadly disease.”
Pete Buttigieg is on a campaign to calmly eviscerate every Fox host before Election Day pic.twitter.com/QhRdjRf64b
— Tim Hogan (@timjhogan) October 8, 2020