Election 2016

Report: Trump Isn’t Practicing for Debates

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is "preparing" for the presidential debates alongside several conservative media celebrities, but he is not holding mock debates for practice according to the Washington Post.

When it was first reported that conservative radio host Laura Ingraham would help Trump prepare for the debates, it was widely assumed that she would stand in as Hillary Clinton, but apparently they're simply talking about the debates over McDonald's.

The Post reported that rather than reviewing policy positions or holding formal rehearsals, Trump prefers to hold Sunday lunch meetings over bacon cheeseburgers at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey with a group of confidants including former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham and newly-minted campaign manager Kellyanne Conway.

Based on statements made by Conway, the idea that Trump is an unprepared, unscripted doofus appears to be what they're going for against a more scripted Hillary Clinton who actually knows what she's talking about. I doubt Conway actually believes that's a good idea, but we all know Trump does what Trump wants. He calls all the shots.

The general election audience is not the same as the Republican primary audience, but Trump probably believes winging it will do him great favors just the same.

Former Fox News chief Roger Ailes has also attended these McDonald's sessions according to other reports.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    I always wonder how it is Republican candidates manage to prepare for debates; specifically, how they get anyone to realistically play the role of the Democratic opponent. In my experience and observation, Republican understanding and perception of Democratic politicians and policy is essentially fantasy; I’ve never met or encountered a supporter/fan of the GOP who could articulate any Democratic or “liberal” position fairly, accurately, or in a way that actual Democrats/”liberals” would agree with or recognize.

    I learned in law school that you can only really win a case/argument for your side if you could also win it for the other side. If you fictionalize and caricature the other side’s argument, make them out to be just stupid or evil or both, you lose every time. I think “liberals” / fans of the Democratic Party in general are better at this than “conservatives” / GOP fans; the latter tend to exaggerate, mischaracterize and fictionalize more than the former. Maybe that’s because [and this is my own bias talking] they can’t really find fault with the real thing and therefore need to set up and attack strawmen, whereas we can, and therefore don’t.

    I don’t think Laura Ingraham (or any other RW pundit) would be a good choice to “play” Hillary Clinton in debate prep; I think it would be too hard for them to play the real person as opposed to the character from Republican fan fiction.

    • Aynwrong

      Well said.

  • Aynwrong

    I have the best bacon burgers. The very best bacon burgers. People are coming up to me and saying “Donald, you always have the best bacon burgers” and I’m like “I know! The very, very best.”

    • Victor the Crab

      …Just ask Crispy Chris about my burgers. Oh wait, you can’t because I’ve ordered him to always deliver them to me on my lux-OO-reus gold platter and to never take so much of a bite of them because I hold power over him, and because he’s a fat fuck, AMIRITE CHRIS?!! You can tell he agrees with me by the look on his face.

      • muselet

        “The look on his face”? How can anyone see Chris Christie’s expression behind his gimp mask?


  • muselet

    “Donald Trump is the unpredictable X-factor and Hillary Clinton is the scripted statist,” [Kellyanne] Conway explained to [the Washington Post.

    “The scripted statist.” I wonder how long it took Kellyanne Conway to come up with what she presumably thinks is a devastating insult.

    Former Trump advisor Sam Nunberg agreed, telling the Post that the GOP candidate wants to be the “showstopper at the Roman Colosseum, the main event at WrestleMania” to Clinton’s “professional and wonky” counterpoint.

    Donald Trump wants to behave like a character in professional wrestling because he thinks that will be effective against someone who’s “professional and wonky.” Should we expect Trump to appear at the debates wearing tights and a lucha libre mask? Does he plan to hit Hillary Clinton with a folding chair?

    Good grief.

    Donald Trump—and anyone who belives Donald Trump is anything but a national embarrassment—must never be elected President of the United States.


    • Aynwrong

      That would make the perfect SNL skit.

    • Draxiar

      Not for nothing, even Professional Wreslters practice and script their moves.

      • muselet

        Of course they do. They’re professionals.


    • Victor the Crab

      Ugh! No way would I want to see Drumph in tights. But put a mask over that jack-o-lantern face of his permanently? I could go for that.

  • I wonder if Christie is finally getting tired of making those runs to MickeyD’s. It must be torture to smell those fries and not get to eat any.