Is the Biden Campaign Trying to Bait Trump Into Bailing on the Debate?

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It's the week of the first debate... or is it? Last month, Joe Biden "challenged" Trump to debate him. It's all phony bravado, as Trump had been calling on Bdien to debate him early and often for months. I never actually believed that Biden wanted to debate Trump, as the debate terms proposed by his campaign were so absurd it wasn't a stretch to think they never expected Trump to accept them. With the debate now just days away, I think they're still trying to bait Trump into backing out.

How are they planning to do that? Well, have you noticed that the Biden campaign hasn't been very subtle about what to expect from Biden at the debate?

Last week, CBS senior White House correspondent Weijia Jiang said she was told by Biden campaign insiders that "we should expect some surprises as well [during the debate] because this is such a critical performance for President Biden, not only on the content but on his physical performance as well."

Then, on Monday, Biden campaign spokeswoman Adrienne Elrod said Joe Biden will be "very energized" at the debate.

Where have we heard that language before? Oh, right, Joe Biden's chief of staff, Jeff Zients, said the same thing before Joe Biden's State of the Union address.

"You’re going to see a very energized president,” he told Politico back in March. “This is a big moment. And this president rises to those big moments.”

And guess what? Experts believe he was drugged for the speech. Dr. Carole Lieberman, a forensic psychiatrist based in Beverly Hills, Calif., said that Biden’s speed and volume suggested that he was drugged.

“If you look at how Joe Biden usually is — slow and stumbling — compared to how he was during the State of the Union — fiery and angry — these are signs that are typical for someone taking Adderall or any amphetamine,” she said at the time. Would Biden's handlers have drugged him? Sure. Remember, Democrats were counting on Joe Biden's State of the Union address to reset his campaign. As soon as it was over, they were all reading from the same talking points that said Biden's "fiery" address was proof he was physically and mentally fit enough to handle the presidency.

Former White House physician Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) also told Maria Bartiromo on Sunday that for the State of the Union address, "there was a Joe Biden that came out that was not similar at all to what we see on a day-to-day basis for the last three and a half years."

Meanwhile, Trump is once again reiterating his willingness to take a drug test before the debate.


Other Trump allies are saying the same thing.

“There is no universe in which [Biden’s] not being medicated before the debate. If he wants to dispel that, he should offer to take a drug test, but we all know he won’t do that,” a Trump insider told the New York Post. 

Trump campaign spokeswoman Karoline Leavitt agreed. “I think it’s a fair question worth asking,” she said. “If Biden wants to prove otherwise, why didn’t he commit to a drug test?”

Normally, you would expect the White House or the Biden campaign to explicitly deny that he'll be drugged. The closest I could find was Biden campaign co-chair Mitch Landrieu accusing Trump of talking trash. So, they're not outright denying it, while making not-so-subtle statements about how energized Biden will be at the debate—almost as if they are baiting Trump, hoping he'll back out of the debate so Joe Biden doesn't have to show up.

I don't think Trump will bite, though. 


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