‘Biden debate conditions’ hilariously trends, Ted Cruz swoops in and offers two for the win

As concerns among Democrats and liberal media outlets rise that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s apparent mental decline would hamper him during debates with President Donald Trump, some are calling for them to be conditioned on ways that would advantage the former vice president.

Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaking with attendees at the 2019 Iowa Federation of Labor Convention hosted by the AFL-CIO at the Prairie Meadows Hotel in Altoona, Iowa. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

In a Tuesday column, New York Times writer Thomas Friedman suggested that Biden shouldn’t debate Trump unless two conditions were first met:

First, Biden should declare that he will take part in a debate only if Trump releases his tax returns for 2016 through 2018. Biden has already done so…

And second, Biden should insist that a real-time fact-checking team approved by both candidates be hired by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates — and that 10 minutes before the scheduled conclusion of the debate this team report on any misleading statements, phony numbers or outright lies either candidate had uttered.

Republicans have blasted such calls as ludicrous and another example of the ‘mainstream’ media working to shield the gaffe-prone Biden from an aggressive President Trump.

Others — including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas — have used the opportunity to poke fun at Friedman’s conditions.

“Biden’s two conditions:  (1) the debate must occur in his basement, and (2) it cannot be televised or broadcast to anyone in America,” Cruz wrote in response to the Friedman piece.

The Friedman column, and the mocking response by Cruz and others that it generated — comes as Democrats and their media allies push to have debates scrubbed altogether.

“Only if leading into the debate, American voters have a clear picture of Trump’s tax returns alongside Biden’s, and only if, coming out of the debate, they have a clear picture of who was telling the truth and who was not, will they be able to make a fair judgment between the two candidates,” Friedman writes, without mentioning that presidential contenders are not required by the Constitution to disclose financial records.

“That kind of debate and only that kind of debate would be worthy of voters’ consideration and Biden’s participation. Otherwise, Joe, stay in your basement,” Friedman added.

“The New York Times is already making up excuses for Biden ducking the debates,” National Pulse editor-in-chief Raheem Kassam noted on Twitter.

“Thomas Friedman should’ve deleted his account after he called the Internet a fad that would go away,” Ian Miles Cheong, the editor of Human Events, responded.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson said during his Wednesday program that Democrats do not want Biden to debate Trump because the former VP is allegedly on track to become president right now because he leads in a series of national polls.

“It turns out Tom Friedman is not really a genius. So, it’s pretty obvious what’s going on here. This is the most cynical election strategy ever devised or ever perpetrated on American voters,” Carlson said.

Hide the candidate until Election Day, the country can find out what’s in the administration after it’s in power, but until then, no appearing in public, and my God, don’t ever tell the truth, he continued.

“So will the Biden campaign take Tom Friedman’s advice? Well, of course, they will take it, because they have no choice. Biden is up in the polls as of right now, so they can’t let him talk. That could wreck everything.”

As for conditions under which Biden should debate, plenty of others on social media offered their suggestions.



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