It’s been a week since the rather disastrous third GOP presidential debate and the Republican party still hasn’t stopped whining about it. That’s especially pathetic when you consider that what they’re really throwing a hissy fit about isn’t that their candidates were treated unfairly (they weren’t), but that the blatant lies they were telling on stage that evening were being called out by the CNBC moderators.
In the wake of the “controversy” surrounding the debate, the RNC responded by suspending its relationship with NBC (at least for now), which cancelled a debate that was scheduled for February. Some Republicans have even suggested that all future debates be exclusively conducted by members of the conservative media.
It’s clear Republicans don’t understand what a debate is supposed to be. What they’re essentially advocating for is nothing more than a 2-3 hour televised event consisting of unchallenged right-wing propaganda.
This behavior has not gone unnoticed as users on Twitter have responded by hilariously mocking Republicans with the hashtag #GOPDebateDemands.
Here are a few of the best ones I read:
The party of free speech is ordering journalists how to behave. Because freedom. #GOPdebatedemands
— Jake Turk (@71djt) November 2, 2015
Candidates are permitted to Phone a Friend or Ask the Audience. #GOPdebatedemands
— Kris Kanthak (@kramtrak) November 2, 2015
Candidates will just write their own questions for moderators to read. Moderators must pretend it's their question. #GOPDebateDemands
— Skook (@skookerG) November 2, 2015
#GOPDebateDemands – No more questions from people who are not voting for us! It's just too hard!
— Cindy Leinwand (@CindyLeinwand12) November 2, 2015
Vetted news stories containing facts about candidates will no longer be used. #GOPdebatedemands
— TheSlurve (@jstew34) November 2, 2015
Any candidate who is feeling sad during the debate will get a hug by a Ronald Reagan impersonator #GOPdebatedemands
— Anne Caprara (@anacaprana) November 2, 2015
Since Trump speaks like a 3rd grader…..one of the moderators must be an ACTUAL 3rd grader….#GOPDebateDemands
— XNavyChief (@CraigCo62) November 2, 2015
All candidates get to appoint a select committee to investigate any question they suspect is from the "liberal media". #GOPdebatedemands
— Pyrophore (@pyrophore) November 2, 2015
No questions referencing math, science, history, or objective reality allowed. #GOPdebatedemands
— Aramis (@aramis2377) November 2, 2015
In the general election, the GOP nominee will be allowed to debate a cardboard cutout of his Democratic opponent. #GOPdebatedemands
— Speedy Gonzales (@SpeedyAmnesty) November 2, 2015
This is all so incredibly absurd. Republicans are now trying to “negotiate” terms with their candidates and the networks where debates aren’t even debates anymore. It never ceases to amaze me that there are tens of millions of people who support these clowns.
Chris Christie had it right (yes, I’m willing to admit Christie was right about something) when he said that if these Republicans whining about debates can’t handle a few tough questions, then they have absolutely no business running for President of the United States.
President Obama summed this all up perfectly:
“Have you noticed that every one of these candidates say, ‘Obama’s weak. Putin’s kicking sand in his face. When I talk to Putin, he’s going to straighten out.’ Then it turns out they can’t handle a bunch of CNBC moderators at the debate. Let me tell you, if you can’t handle those guys, then I don’t think the Chinese and the Russians are going to be too worried about you.”
My real hope is that progressives show up in large numbers next November to make damn sure that none of these Republicans come anywhere near the White House unless they’re invited by either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.