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Second debate is canceled

Donovan Wilson Reporter

hortly after the first presidential debate of the 2020 election season, President Donald Trump called off the debate that was originally supposed to take place on Oct. 15.

Right after the first debate took place, Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19. Right after, the powers that decided that the second debate, would have to take place digitally for the safety of everyone involved.

Rather than go with it, Trump held a town hall the same time his opposing candidate Joe Biden was holding a town hall, so viewers had to choose between watching one or the other.

“Honestly, I believe that it’s disrespectful considering the people deserve a digital debate and both parties’ interactions to the questions. It’s our future president and the people deserve the right to the commentary and input each party is willing to offer,” said healthcare studies major Sabrina Viera, a senior.

Not having the presidential debate is generally regarded as a disservice to the American people. Especially in a time where rallies and other promotional activities aren’t as readily available, a debate is the main source of a candidate’s beliefs and intentions.

Debates tend to be historically crucial to someone’s decision in what candidate they get behind and ultimately end up voting for.

Tump’s refusal of a virtual debate comes off as dismissive of the digital platform. In reality, the digital platform is very useful nowadays and helps us carry on business as usual with things such as the election process. A national leader dismissing it is pretty detrimental to the overall scheme of things in the current day landscape.

“Trump didn’t cancel it, the commission did because Trump had Corona and they didn’t think it was safe. They probably could’ve still kept it on though because he’s recovered and they could’ve just taken precautions. It’s kind of dumb” said exercise science major Jordan Peloquin, a senior.

The case can be made that the mistake came from the more democratic side of things. Trump is seemingly well enough and now has antibodies that would pose no threat to anyone if an in-person debate were to be held. There is an angle to be taken on the other side using this as an opportunity to make Trump look bad.

Both sides of the coin can make their argument for or against the ultimate decision that ended up in the cancellation of the debate.

“I guess I understand because information doesn’t need to be prepared beforehand if it’s online,” said exercise science major Bella Lanata, a junior .

The other argument is that the debate isn’t necessarily the most necessary thing in the election season. With the internet, there are a lot of easier ways to know a candidate’s intentions without having to watch a full debate.

In the end, it is nearly, indecipherable how the general public feels, until the results of the election. There is clearly an argument that can be made for Trump, against Trump and against the whole general system in place.

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