July 19, 2024

Democratic strategist James Carville suggested that former President Donald Trump will skip next week’s debate with President Joe Biden.

Trump and Biden have so far agreed to two debates. The first will be on June 27 on CNN. It is the earliest televised general election debate in history. Per the rules, only the candidate whose turn it is to speak will have his microphone on. There will be no opening statements and candidates will have two minutes to answer questions and one minute for rebuttals.

MSNBC’s Ari Melber laid out the rules on Monday’s installment of The Beat, where he played a clip from the first 2020 presidential trainwreck debate in which Trump repeatedly interrupted Biden.

Melber remarked on the microphone rule and asked Carville, “Will that matter?”

“Well, if I was a gambler – and actually, I am a gambler – I’d take even money that Trump doesn’t show up.”

“Ha!” the host exclaimed incredulously. “You don’t think Trump’s coming next week?”

“I mean, I don’t know, but I think he’s gonna wake up and decide,” Carville responded. “Just like he said he was gonna testify at his defense in his trial. He didn’t even put on a defense. Let him show up. I wouldn’t be shocked, but I certainly would not be surprised if you gave me even money, I’d say he’s a no-show.”

Biden and Trump were scheduled to debate three times in 2020, but Trump withdrew from what was supposed to be the second debate. The then-president backed out because he did not like that the event was to be held remotely, as he had recently gotten over a bout with Covid-19 that landed him in the hospital.

Watch above via MSNBC.

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