Despite the fact that he’s infected with coronavirus and remains highly contagious, President Donald Trump said Thursday morning he will refuse to participate in next Thursday’s presidential debate if its held online for public health reasons.

The Commission for Presidential Debates announced Thursday morning that the next debate on October 15 will not be an in-person event:

“In order to protect the health and safety of all involved with the second presidential debate, scheduled for October 15, 2020, The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced the following today: The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which the candidates would participate from separate remote locations.”

The Biden campaign accepted the new format, but not Trump, who called into Fox Business and told host Maria Bartiromo:

“I heard that the commission a while ago changed debate style, and that is not acceptable to us. I’m not going to do a virtual debate.

“I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate. That’s not what debating is all about. You sit behind a computer and do a debate. It’s ridiculous.”

Translation: Trump doesn’t want to take part in any debate where he can’t talk over his opponent and ignore questions from the moderator. Despite evidence to the contrary, the president actually thinks he’s helping himself when he constantly interrupts and reinforces what a spoiled, boorish child he is. If he can’t do that, he’ll just take his toy and go home.

No one should be exposed to Donald Trump right now. He remains a threat to public health and the only way he can safely debate is via a video link. If he refuses to participate, then the debate should take place anyway and Biden can have a full 90 minutes to explain to the American people why he’s the better person to be leader of the free world.

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