Unfortunately, much of our news media didn’t learn much from the 2016 debacle that led to Donald Trump being a viable contender for the presidency, much less the successful one. That’s why they’ve been tossing around foolish ideas like a 2024 jungle primary that looked a lot like the one from 2020, despite the fact that an incumbent president nearly always runs for re-election when eligible and in the unlikely situation that President Biden were to not run in 2024, his vice president, Kamala Harris would almost certainly be the nominee rather than risk a split in the Democratic Party that would virtually guarantee Republican victory.
If they actually looked at things objectively, then more people would realize that by this time four years ago, the Democrats (at that time the out party) had already held two multi-candidate debates that dominated the ratings, whereas the GOP which already has an array of candidates still has yet to hold a single one, with their most likely frontrunner refusing to debate.
Donald Trump, already in over his head with legal troubles, has decided to skip the debate and instead send in surrogates like Kari Lake and Matt Gaetz in his place – in other words, he’s afraid to debate but he wants the networks to know he’s still calling the shots, as virtually no one will watch the other single-digit losers who are on without him. The last bastion of freedom the former guy has is the media, and when the GOP primary debate ratings crater with or without him, he won’t even have that.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making