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Stephanopoulos: Biggest debate question should be 'Who won the last election?'

  
Via:  John Russell  •  one month ago  •  18 comments

By:   Elizabeth Crisp (The Hill)

Stephanopoulos: Biggest debate question should be 'Who won the last election?'
ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos says it's "very simple" what should be the most pressing question posed to former President Trump and President Biden when they take the presidential debate stage this month: "Who won the last election?" "If you can't pass that fundamental threshold … then I think that's all voters and viewers need…

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ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos says it's "very simple" what should be the most pressing question posed to former President Trump and President Biden when they take the presidential debate stage this month: "Who won the last election?"

"If you can't pass that fundamental threshold … then I think that's all voters and viewers need to know," he said during a CNN interview this week. "If you're willing to lie about something as big as that, why should anything else you want to talk about be given any credence?"

Trump and Biden are scheduled to debate in Atlanta on June 27 in an event hosted by CNN. Their second debate, hosted by ABC News, is scheduled for Sept. 10.

After losing to Biden in the 2020 presidential election, Trump has continued to dismiss the election outcome. His unfounded claims of wide-spread fraud in the election prompted his supporters to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 to try to stop the certification of Biden's victory.

Stephanopoulos has frequently pressed Republicans — particularly Trump allies — in the past over their reluctance to accept the 2020 election results.

"I've made it a point, if they will not accept those facts, I don't go on to other issues," he said. "I'm not going to participate in some kind of sham where you somehow equate the legitimacy of an election or the peaceful transfer of power with a debate over tax cuts or environmental regulations."

Trump said in an interview last month that he'll accept the 2024 election results "if everything's honest" — a condition he's set without elaborating several times. But Stephanopoulos said the debate stage will be a "real test" if Trump plans to stick with his position that the 2020 election was "rigged" in front of millions of viewers and his political foe Biden.

"It's fundamental the very question of whether or not you accept the election results," the ABC host said. "It's absolutely a fundamental issue people should be confronted with."

ABC announced that its anchors David Muir and Linsey Davis will moderate the September debate. Trump has separately also been in a legal clash with the network, filing a lawsuit against ABC and Stephanopoulos earlier this year over defamation claims.


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JohnRussell
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1  seeder  JohnRussell    one month ago
 "Who won the last election?" "If you can't pass that fundamental threshold … then I think that's all voters and viewers need…
 
 
 
Ozzwald
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1.1  Ozzwald  replied to  JohnRussell @1    one month ago

I'd watch and record THAT question all by itself... jrSmiley_81_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.1.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1    one month ago

It REALLY is rather simple and basic. If you cant say who won the last election at this point you are either too stupid or too dishonest to be president. 

It should be the first question they ask Trump. 

 
 
 
Kavika
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2  Kavika     one month ago

Trump would lie and say he did. 

 
 
 
MrFrost
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2.1  MrFrost  replied to  Kavika @2    one month ago

Trump would lie and say he did. 

Of course, his ego would never allow him to admit he lost. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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3  Trout Giggles    one month ago

He won't accept the 2024 results either if he loses. He will start his shit all over again or add on to the shit he's doing now

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.1  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @3    one month ago

The sore fucking loser revenge and retribution legal fees tour continues to this day . .and will continue until when?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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3.1.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Tessylo @3.1    one month ago

We are going to find out what kind of balls the debate moderators have. If they dont grill Trump mercilessly about his election denial and J6 it will be a travesty. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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3.1.2  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @3.1.1    one month ago

You know Biden is the president right?

but you are correct, the questions to  Biden will be along the lines of “you are the best president ever. Why is that? and why is trump so bad? And  the “ questions” to trump will be “prove you aren’t unfit to be president“

same as always. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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3.1.3  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @3.1.2    one month ago

Right wingers are near desperation when they address the topic of this seed. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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3.1.4  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @3.1.3    one month ago

you know what will happen. The moderators will protect Biden and attack trump, just like they have in every General election debate  trump has been in. Hell, they intervened to protect Obama against Romney, you know these democats will fight  trump tooth and nail.

But no matter how biased they are, no matter how much work they do for Biden, most progressives will bitch and whine that they didn’t do enough.  It never changes. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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3.1.5  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @3.1.2    one month ago
You know Biden is the president right?

I know who won the 2020 election, the question is why doesnt the Republican candidate know. Three and a half years later he is still whining that the election was stolen from him. That doesnt strike you as completely odd ?, given that he cant show a shred of evidence of voter fraud. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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3.1.6  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @3.1.5    one month ago

Nobody cares.  Trump has said  he was the rightful winner for 4 years.  It’s not news to anyone. People care about the economy, immigration, Biden’s mental health.  No ones vote is  going to change over trump saying the same thing about 2020 for the millionth time.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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3.1.7  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @3.1.6    one month ago
Biden’s mental health.  

LOL. No one cares about Trump's mental health? He has a recognized mental illness. 

The American economy is as good as a president can make it right now.  And immigration is being addressed. 

The political right, aka MAGA is becoming untethered from reality. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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3.1.8  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @3.1.6    one month ago
Trump has said  he was the rightful winner for 4 years.

He might as well have said he is from Mars.  Would that disqualify him? 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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3.1.9  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @3.1.7    one month ago

The American economy is as good as a president can make it right now.  And immigration is being addressed.

that must explain why Biden’s approval rating is over 60% and not at a record low for his presidency.  Everything is perfect and Biden just ran a sub 4 minute mile while translating the Declaration of Independence into attic Greek. 

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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3.1.10  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Sean Treacy @3.1.9    one month ago

that must explain why Biden’s approval rating is over 60% and not at a record low for his presidency.

There is a machine that runs in overdrive 24/7/365 to shove false narratives in front of uninformed American faces.  Trump’s supporters come from two factions - those that don’t know how to distinguish lies from reality, and people like you who do know the difference but are giddy with excitement about feeding the lies to them.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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3.2  Ozzwald  replied to  Trout Giggles @3    one month ago
He won't accept the 2024 results either if he loses.

He has already said that if he loses it'll be because of a rigged election.  

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