Election 2016

Report: Trump Refused Debate Practice, Yelled at His Staff

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

According to the Washington Post, GOP nominee Donald Trump refused to practice for the next presidential debate because online polls showed he won the first debate.

Although Trump understood that he needed to improve his standing, he continued to boast behind the scenes about unscientific online polls showing he won the first debate.

Trump resisted suggestions from his advisers to practice exhaustively for the second debate, a town hall-style forum that will be held Sunday night in St. Louis. He flat-out refused to participate in mock sessions, saying such play-acting was annoying.

As you know, those online polls the likes of which Matt Drudge regularly runs are entirely meaningless.

While this report says Trump refused to practice for the next debate, there have been other reports that Trump has practiced. There's no way to know for sure which report is correct, and which report is simply spin from his campaign, but my gut says Trump hasn't practice because the idea of practice itself is insulting to Trump.

Trump already believes he's the master of all things. Why should he practice? There were also scattered reports that Trump practiced for the first debate, but we know how that turned out.

It's not necessarily pertinent, but the Washington Post also reports that Trump raged and yelled at his staff for booking the wrong hotel. Because that's what presidents do.

  • muselet

    That Donald Trump is delusional (he seems to believe online polls are anything more than clickbait) both heartens and terrifies me.

    Heartens, because he’s less likely to become President of the United States.

    Terrifies, because there’s a non-zero probability that Trump will become President of the United States.

    Will someone please wake me from this nightmare?


  • Aynwrong

    At this point I’m not sure it matters if he does prep for the debate. I doubt he’s even capable of maintaining even the slightest pretense at preparedness or God forbid, dignity.

    • Victor the Crab

      Drumph and dignity are like Drumph and a vegan lifestyle.

  • Arthur Croft

    Working class whites are his supporters because they’ve been ignored historically by figures exactly like him who actually don’t care about them except for getting their support.
    A Trump win may bring revolution if any of these bubbas actually figure out they’ve been duped.

    • Victor the Crab

      A Trump win may bring revolution if any of these bubbas actually figure out they’ve been duped.

      You’re placing far too much faith in a group of people who will never figure out that they’re being played for patsies and are far too willing to blame their problems on “those darky people”.

      • Arthur Croft

        I did say “if”, not “when”, and certainly agree that it is very far from likely.

        On the other hand, wait and see what happens when there’s no wall and no tangible improvement in their lives under a Trump presidency.