“Looking forward to speaking with the great Rush and guests,” Trump said Thursday afternoon in response to a message by journalist Jack Posobiec, who tweeted that the president would host Limbaugh’s show on Friday as a “virtual MAGA rally.”
Looking forward to speaking with the Great Rush and guests! https://t.co/vMI4JZ7PQi
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2020
Limbaugh announced earlier Thursday on his show that Trump would join him Friday for “the largest virtual rally in radio history.” He added, “It will be special, and I’m looking forward to it.”
The announcement came just hours after Trump said he wouldn’t participate in next week’s scheduled debate with Biden after the Commission on Presidential Debates decided to make the event virtual, rather than in-person. “I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate,” he said Thursday morning in a Fox Business interview. “That’s not what debating’s all about. You sit behind a computer and do a debate. It’s ridiculous, and then they cut you off whenever they want.”
"I'm not going to waste my time on a virtual debate" — Trump, on with Maria Bartiromo, begins his first post-coronavirus interview by saying he's pulling out of the second debate. (He sounds a little hoarse.) pic.twitter.com/R43JSszfll
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 8, 2020
Limbaugh, presumably, will give Trump plenty of time to talk without interruption. Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to the conservative radio host in February for “decades of tireless devotion to our country.”
Limbaugh, who is battling lung cancer, said in May that he has 43 million listeners to at least part of his show daily.
Trump’s decision to take calls from radio listeners after refusing an online debate led to mockery from Biden supporters, including one who insisted that he’s “scared” of the Democrat candidate. Another Twitter commenter said Trump prefers to talk to his “sheep base that drool over him. He can’t handle smart people, the majority of Americans who ask legitimate questions and don’t enjoy him mocking decent people daily.”
Why did you chicken out of the debate with Biden if you are willing to talk to Rush? Seems like little Donny is scared.
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) October 8, 2020
He wants to talk to his sheep base that drool over him. He can't handle smart people, the majority of Americans who ask legitimate questions and don't enjoy him mocking descent people daily. We will not bow to him like his base does. I almost feel sorry for his base – nah.
— Dawn (@Dawn73Nigel) October 8, 2020
But other observers argued that Trump didn’t want to risk being easily muted by the moderator or agree to a format that could allow Biden to be fed his answers from off camera. Another commenter quipped, “Literally no one is scared of Joe Biden except his interns and little kids.”
He knows he will be muted over zoom.
— Cali Colliver (@CaliColliver) October 8, 2020
Are you that dumb Mrs.Keassenstein? He doesn’t want slow Joe to be able to read off of a teleprompter in a virtual debate. President Trump offered to reschedule the debate if it meant they could do it in person but Joe Biden rejected that. biden is senile. He needs teleprompter.
— Billy Joe Armstrong (@mengerjoe) October 8, 2020
Chicken out? He won last time you guys are just desperate, the polls even said he did better he just wants it in person, if joe was honest trump probably wouldn’t care but Joe needs the earpiece and teleprompter
— Fisherofmen (@Endtimes2017) October 8, 2020
Literally no one is scared of Joe Biden except his interns and little kids.
— RudieCan'tFail (@GodAlcove) October 8, 2020
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