Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg went in for Donald Trump for refusing to participate in October 15’s presidential debate, saying that Trump is “afraid” to debate Joe Biden in a format that won’t allow him to shout over others easily.
Buttigieg was on Fox & Friends yesterday to talk about how Donald Trump has said that he is “not going to waste my time on a virtual debate.” The Commission on Presidential Debates switched the debate format to a virtual debate out of concern for Trump’s recent COVID-19 diagnosis.
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“Well, it’s too bad, I don’t know why the president’s afraid to participate in a debate,” Buttigieg said on Fox.
He pointed out that a lot of people have had to learn how to do their jobs over apps like Zoom during the global pandemic and that Trump should show leadership in this regard.
“I think part of why the U.S. is falling behind, 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 that’s more safe or less safe, this president seems to push for less safe,” Buttigieg said.
“I think it’s also a reflection of the weakness of his campaign. You know, when you see campaigns getting the kind of bad news that he’s been getting through this month, a lot of times you’ll see these kind of increased arguments over rules, withdrawing from opportunities, a little bit of flailing there.”
Mayor Pete called it “too bad” that Trump is pulling out of the debate because “the American people” should have another chance to hear the two presidential candidates “side-by-side, even if it’s virtual.”
“I don’t know why you would want to be in a room with other people if you were contagious with a deadly disease and you care about other people,” he concluded. “But maybe the president doesn’t care about other people.”