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Report: Biden Reneges, Now Won't Submit to Search for Earpiece Before Debate

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Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh confirmed a report that the Biden campaign had agreed to an earpiece inspection prior to Tuesday night’s debate but is now declining to submit to one.

New York Post reporter Ebony Bowden tweeted on Tuesday, “NEW: Joe Biden’s campaign agreed to an inspection for electronic ear pieces at tonight’s debate several days ago but are now declining, a source familiar tells me.”

“Can confirm,” Murtaugh replied.

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Shortly thereafter, he tweeted a statement.

“Joe Biden’s handlers several days ago agreed to a pre-debate inspection for electronic earpieces but today abruptly reversed themselves and declined,” Murtaugh said.

“Biden’s handlers have asked for multiple breaks during the debate, which President Trump doesn’t need, so we have rejected that request,” he added.

The debate is slated to last 90 minutes, with no commercial breaks.

“On top of the refusal to take a drug test, it seems pretty obvious that the Biden team is looking for any safety net they can find in the hours leading up to the debate. With his 47 years as a failed Washington politician, how much help does Biden want?” Murtaugh added.

He dismissed Biden campaign communications director Kate Bedingfield’s claim that the Trump team requested debate moderator Chris Wallace not mention that more than 200,000 Americans have died from COVID-19.

“This is a lie and it never happened,” Murtaugh tweeted. “This is the height of playing politics with a public health crisis. Biden is trying to distract from the facts that he won’t submit to an inspection for earpieces, won’t take a drug test, and needs multiple breaks during the 90-minute debate.”

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Politico’s Christopher Cadelago tweeted that Bedingfield “confirmed” the request regarding COVID-19 happened.

“See how easy that was to try to throw up a distraction. It is pathetic. It is weak. And once again the Trump campaign is lying and they are going to process,” she reportedly said.

In a call with reporters, Bedingfield described the Trump campaign’s desire for an earpiece inspection as “absurd,” according to Fox News.

“His staff seems concerned that he may not do well tonight and they’re already laying the groundwork for how they’re going to lie about why,” she said. “It is completely absurd. Of course, he’s not wearing an earpiece and we never asked for breaks.”

Do you think there should be an earpiece inspection prior to the debate?

The Trump campaign’s assertion that Biden is now declining an earpiece inspection seems far more credible than Bedingfield’s claim that the Trump team asked Wallace not to mention the 200,000 COVID-19 deaths.

Is it even conceivable Wallace wouldn’t mention the impact the virus has had on the U.S. without stating the number of people who have died?

An earpiece inspection is an appropriate request, particularly given Biden’s history of significant gaffes, questions regarding his fitness to serve and his apparent overreliance on the teleprompter.

This debate is likely to be one of the most watched events in American political campaign history, and voters deserve to see how both candidates perform while relying on their own faculties.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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