James Carville willing to bet Trump is a ‘no-show’ at next week’s debate

Democratic strategist James Carville is willing to bet that former President Donald Trump will be a “no-show” at next week’s debate with President Joe Biden.

The debate is scheduled for June 27 on CNN and will be the earliest televised general election debate in history, according to Mediaite. It was just announced that the rules have been set and to the surprise of few, they favor Biden. Add to the mix that the moderators are Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, and the 81-year-old president has got to like his odds going up against Trump.

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Carville appeared on MSNBC, with host Ari Melber referencing the rules to set his guest up.

“So I want to mention that for folks, we got the new rules,” Melber said. “This is next week. It will be different. No opening statements, two minutes to answer each question, red lights visible to candidate when time expires.”

“And a big win for the Biden campaign, given that Trump is a rule-breaker, the other candidate who’s not speaking will be muted when it’s not their turn,” he added. “Now, that in theory applies to both of them. But of course, more practically, having to wait your turn to speak is something that will affect Trump’s style of debate, if you want to call it that. There were a lot of interruptions last time.”

Melber ran a clip from a 2020 debate, in which Biden tells an interrupting Trump, “Will you shut up, man?”

He then asked Carville, “They did get progress on these rules. Will that matter or what will matter next week?”

“Well, if I was a gambler – and actually, I am a gambler – I’d take even money that Trump doesn’t show up,” the Democratic strategist replied.

The surprised MSNBC host interjected, “Ha! You don’t think Trump’s coming next week?”

“I mean, I don’t know, but I think he’s gonna wake up and decide,” Carville explained. “Just like he said he was gonna testify at his defense in his trial. He didn’t even put on a defense. Let him show up. I wouldn’t be shocked, but I certainly would not be surprised if you gave me even money, I’d say he’s a no-show.”

Social media users were willing to put their money on Biden backing out over Trump — here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story, as seen on X:

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