“Unless [Commission on Presidential Debates] As an impartial and non-partisan actor who appears intent on preventing meaningful reforms necessary to restore its credibility with the Republican Party, the RNC will take every step to ensure that future Republican presidential candidates be given that opportunity elsewhere,” RNC President Ronna McDaniel wrote in a letter to the commission.
At the heart of McDaniel’s demands is to say more for the RNC that controls three general election debates between the two major party candidates every four years. The demand echoes former President Donald Trump’s complaints about 2020 debate moderators, who, without any anecdotal evidence, insisted they were biased against him.
Trump declined to participate in the second scheduled debate in 2020 after the commission decided it should be held virtually to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
This gamble by the RNC is just the latest evidence that the Republican Party is perfectly comfortable following Trump — who has repeatedly indicated plans to run for president again in 2024 — down any and every conspiracy theory rabbit hole. Below.
There is no point when it comes to these allegations of Trump bias. And yet the RNC has now put its weight behind the former president’s absurd claim, because, outside of Trump (and his cynicism), there is no Republican party these days.
Point: The RNC’s move is read as the latest example of Trump’s successful erosion of any sense that nonpartisan entities can (and do) exist. For him, everyone is either for or against him – and he has decided that the Commission on Presidential Debate is against him.