CNN 13 Oct 2020

The real reason Donald Trump skipped the 2nd debate


On its face, President Donald Trump's immediate insistence that he would not participate in a virtual second debate made very little political sense. After all, he needs more chances to take on Joe Biden, as the former VP continues to rise in the polls. Upon further examination, though, Trump's decision makes sense for one reason and one reason only. He sees this as an opportunity to continue to build the case, if he loses this November -- for why.

The spotlight is on America's religious right for their full-throated endorsement of Donald Trump as president. The conservative Christian group, the World Congress of Families (WCF), opposes LGBT rights, abortion and gay marriage. The WCF has been categorized as a hate group. WCF founder, Allan Carlson, says Trump is the only option in the next election, despite his flaws. The WCF is also active in promoting its agenda outside of the US. Carlson defends the group's record in Russia, Africa and Europe.
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered a stop to negotiations with Democrats on a new economic stimulus package that would provide additional COVID-19 relief until after the presidential election on November 3. "I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major stimulus bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and small business," tweeted the president.
The surprise announcement caused US stock markets to tumble. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, had been negotiating the terms of the next federal coronavirus aid deal with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin over the past week. The Democrats were seeking around $2.2 trillion (€1.9 trillion) in new spending against the administration's offer of $1.6 trillion. The bill was to build on the more than $3 trillion in coronavirus aid enacted into law earlier this year to bolster the US' pandemic-battered economy. Trump's sudden decision to end talks on the coronavirus stimulus package was met with fierce criticism from Democrats, as well as some Republican lawmakers.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo blamed President Trump for the Coronavirus outbreak in the state of New York.
President Donald Trump is mocking his Democratic rival for letting his mask hang off his ear when he delivers speeches. Speaking to rally-goers in Pennsylvania, Trump says of Joe Biden, "Did you ever see a man who likes a mask as much as him?" (Sept. 3)

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