Is second Presidential Debate 2020 canceled? Here's what may happen as Trump tests positive for Covid-19
President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday, October 2, to make a shocking announcement. He revealed that he and First Lady Melania have been tested positive for Covid-19. He wrote in a tweet, "Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!"
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
The news came only a few days after Trump's participation in the first presidential debate on Tuesday, September 29, with his opponent and former vice-president Joe Biden. The event was dubbed as one of the "worst" presidential debates in the history of America as Trump and Biden were almost at each other's throat, cutting each other off constantly and spewing endless accusation about one another and their respective administrations. Since the first round of debate was severely criticized, the Commission on Presidential Debates released a statement on Wednesday, September 30, saying a few changes would be incorporated in the second presidential debate to avoid chaos and disruption which was in abundance in the first round.
The statement read, "Last night's debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues. The CPD will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly."
However, with Trump being tested positive for novel coronavirus, the above plan may not materialize as the president will now remain in quarantine until recovery. The next debate was scheduled to take place in Miami on Thursday, October 15. It was said to be moderated by Steve Scully, the senior executive producer and political editor for US TV network C-SPAN. It is obvious that Trump will not be able to attend the debate in person. But it remains to be seen how the Commission on Presidential Debates plans to go on with the upcoming event or if it is postponed indefinitely. So far, no update regarding the same has been made available by the Commission.
Meanwhile, some users have expressed on Twitter that it was Trump's plan to get tested positive with Covid-19 to deliberately "avoid" participation in the next debate. One tweeted, "the plan? avoid participating in the second presidential debate of 2020 by getting infected with coronavirus". Another added, "Something is up. 2 week quarantine would put him right at October 15. You know what else is October 15th? The second presidential debate. WAKE UP KIDS THEY BREWIN’ SOMETHIN AND IT SMELLS SKETCHY."
the plan? avoid participating in the second presidential debate of 2020 by getting infected with coronavirus pic.twitter.com/fkY2SsIYAb— katey clausen (she/her) ✏️ (@officialkateyc) October 2, 2020
Something is up. 2 week quarantine would put him right at October 15. You know what else is October 15th? The second presidential debate.— JORDMERO (@JordMero) October 2, 2020
WAKE UP KIDS THEY BREWIN’ SOMETHIN AND IT SMELLS SKETCHY