Eric Trump really spun himself into a confusing web with this one.
The first son and campaign surrogate to his father, President Donald Trump, attacked former Vice President Joe Biden in a tweet on Thursday that appeared to refute reality — and which quickly sparked bewilderment online.
He spoke after the president said he would no longer participate in a debate against Mr Biden next week, citing the debate commission’s announcement that it would change the event to be virtual instead of in-person following his Covid-19 diagnosis.
“So Biden refuses to debate @realDonaldTrump face to face but will appear in person for a town hall,” The first son wrote, adding: “What a coward.”
The tweet did not make sense, given the fact that Mr Biden accepted an invitation to next week’s previously scheduled debate and his campaign agreed with the commission’s decision to make it virtual.
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) October 8, 2020
Biden’s a coward because Trump refuses to debate him? This one is making my head hurt. I can’t handle illogic on that level.
— Nancy Rosenzweig (@NanceRoseA2) October 8, 2020
Why won't Biden infect himself with COVID-19 like a REAL MAN?
— Paul 👻 (@pablo_honey1) October 8, 2020
Trump is the one who chickened out. https://t.co/dkeEAcc76Z
— Reclaim the Fight (@reclaimthefight) October 8, 2020
I tend to think that the guy who got FIVE. FRAUDULENT. DRAFT. DEFERMENTS. for a non-existent medical issue is the real coward in this story. FIVE!!! pic.twitter.com/hBjudK5Ndu
— Lady Justice For All (@LadyJustice_SMH) October 8, 2020
Eric, Donald has the coronavirus. Joe does not.
— sarah (@_sarahteague) October 8, 2020
Your dad has COVID. No one should want to be near him. There is no cowardice in this situation. Just following rules @realDonaldTrump seems to always ignore.
— Dadpool (@jekyllnhyde5150) October 8, 2020
I think it's the other way around. pic.twitter.com/KqC3F4O4HI
— #Vote Joe⬅️ (@LynnBoutin1) October 8, 2020
Mr Biden said he would debate the president next week, but supported the commission’s decision to make it a virtual event after it was reported Mr Trump contracted the novel coronavirus just days after the two took the stage during the first president debate last week.
The tweet was puzzling, seemingly making the stretch that because Mr Biden did not want to stand within close proximity to an active Covid-19 patient, he was apparently “refusing” to debate the president. Mr Biden will instead appear at a town hall the night the debate was originally scheduled.
The first son has made several questionable claims along the campaign trail while stumping for his father, who has been inside of the White House ever since returning from Walter Reed Medical Center earlier this week, where he was flown after experiencing symptoms associated with the novel virus.
Just yesterday it was reported the younger Trump told a North Dakota radio show his father “literally saved Christianity” during his years in the Oval Office.
Pete Buttigieg really went on Fox News and asked "why an evangelical Christian like Mike Pence wants to be on a ticket with a president caught with a porn star." pic.twitter.com/PQnodtivC8
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 8, 2020
“The Democratic Party, the far left, has become the party of the ‘atheists,’ and they want to attack Christianity, they want to close churches, they’re totally fine keeping liquor stores open,” he claimed.
Democrats have condemned recent statements from Trump allies claiming they were anti-Christianity or somehow against religion, with former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg taking to Fox News to discuss the issue on Fox News.
In the interview with the conservative news outlet, Mr Buttigieg said: “If people want to play that game, we can look in to why an evangelical Christian like Mike Pence wants to be on a ticket with a president caught with a porn star.
Not nearly as much spin was required for his now-viral counterpoint.