President Donald Trump bailed out on the next presidential debate after testing positive for the coronavirus, and social media users aren't buying his excuse.
The Commission on Presidential Debates said the Oct. 15 face-off between the president and Joe Biden would be virtual, rather than in person, after Trump became infected with the highly contagious and potentially deadly virus.
"I'm not going to do a virtual debate," Trump told Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo. "I’m not going to waste my time at a virtual debate."
Trump insisted he had beaten Biden at last week's debate and could do it again, but he wasn't convincing many Twitter users.
Trump opting out of debate. Pathetic and weak— Thaddeus Kosciuszko (@Thaddeus Kosciuszko)1602162854.0
Trump is the Wimp-in-Chief. You know he never wanted to do any more debates because he has no substance or the inte… https://t.co/h0uJpyjMAg— Laurie Kafka (@Laurie Kafka)1602159632.0
Because he's scared of what will happen when his mic gets cut while Biden is speaking. This guy is a coward. "Pre… https://t.co/zv25BK3xFm— Ryan Bard (@Ryan Bard)1602162649.0
Look, Donald Trump did such an amazing job in the first debate, why would he want to come back and do it again? That’s just strategy.— Jesse Spector (@Jesse Spector)1602162659.0
Donald Trump is a wimp. https://t.co/0ttjMZhxhT— Julie|GO HABS GO|WEAR A MASK😷|BLM (@Julie|GO HABS GO|WEAR A MASK😷|BLM)1602162532.0
To be fair, if I performed as exquisitely poorly as Trump did in the first debate, I would be scared to debate again too.— Mike Zamore (@Mike Zamore)1602162130.0
lord knows that the value of two more presidential debates is pretty negligible at this point but if Trump can't mu… https://t.co/bSi2AL7KHs— Jason Linkins (@Jason Linkins)1602163169.0
If Trump doesn’t want to participate in debate, fine. Give @JoeBiden the whole damn 90 minutes of prime time and l… https://t.co/sJBYSSJAU9— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@Ana Navarro-Cárdenas)1602162688.0
Just to be clear, Trump is afraid to debate Biden in a format where he will have to have ideas instead of just a lo… https://t.co/bAERX6Fqes— Joshua Topolsky (@Joshua Topolsky)1602162731.0
The Orange Coward rides again. Trump says he will not participate in virtual presidential debate https://t.co/vGb08xorLR— 📣Scott Hartwick🔊 (@📣Scott Hartwick🔊)1602162715.0
On Trump bailing out of the debate: 1. Biden is seen to have won the first 2. Trump needs this way, way more than… https://t.co/XTEVeVbIpU— John Iadarola (@John Iadarola)1602162885.0
Trump fears being shut off during the proposed next debate, so he chickens out.— John Greene (@John Greene)1602162858.0
He’s gonna flip-flop. He’s gonna cave. He needs this debate, and the virtual format means @JoeBiden is denied his s… https://t.co/SZhoCR9Tk4— Paul Begala (@Paul Begala)1602163015.0
Coward’s way out. https://t.co/Sl2Eog4TCs— Barb McQuade (@Barb McQuade)1602164836.0
This is basically what happened in 1980 when Carter balked. Reagan just got free TV time to debate John Anderson. https://t.co/EU5IaADrmL— Dave Weigel (@Dave Weigel)1602164796.0
Oh my God, please give Biden 90 minutes to respond to Trump's tweets. https://t.co/WwnjW3cw8z— 🇯🇲Black🇭🇹 Aziz 🇳🇬aNANsi🇹🇹 (@🇯🇲Black🇭🇹 Aziz 🇳🇬aNANsi🇹🇹)1602164694.0