Organizers Cancel Next Week's Trump-Biden Debate

Update (2000ET): Trump's camp has responded to the news of the cancellation by insisting that President Trump is still willing to participate in three debates.

  • TRUMP CAMPAIGN: WOULD BE GLAD TO DO 1-ON-1 DEBATE W/NO MEDDLING
  • TRUMP CAMPAIGN: NO REASON NOT TO HAVE 3 DEBATES AS PLANNED

There's no reason not to do three debates...Trump can only theoretically remain contagious for a few more days, tops.

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When the Commission on Presidential Debates announced last night that it had rejected the Trump Campaign and Biden Campaign's compromise plan to simply push back the debate schedule by a week (moving the second debate to Oct. 22, and the third and final debate until Oct. 29), we figured that was all she wrote for the second presidential debate.

And as it turns out, we were correct.

WSJ got the scoop, but it wasn't long before the "nonpartisan" Commission, which has organized every presidential debate since 1988, issued a statement confirming that the second debate would not move forward.

Instead, the CPD will shift its focus to the third presidential debate, set for Oct. 22 in Nashville at Belmont University. That debate will be divided into six 15-minute segments.

It's notable that the cancellation follows last night's mini-scandal set in motion when Steve Scully, the chosen debate moderator, sent a tweet to Anthony Scaramucci that many suspect should have been a DM.

When press for an explanation, he said his account was hacked.

Needless to say, while most Americans are probably relieved that they won't need to sit through another chaotic spectacle like the first debate, conservatives are lashing out at the commission.