Tonight’s Debate: Over Before It Started

August 23, 2023
Reed Galen and Rick Wilson, co-founders of The Lincoln Project, release the following statement in preparation for tonight’s GOP primary debate in Milwaukee: 

“Since none of the candidates can make a credible case they should be president, tonight’s debate features potential cabinet secretaries grasping for relevance.

“Even though Trump won’t be in the room, the orange elephant will dominate the debate. None of the candidates will dare criticize him and polls show the indictments fuel his campaign. The cold fact is that the Republican party is now the party of Trump.

“Trump only offers a dark and dystopian view of the future; a nightmare scenario full of racist and misogynistic policies that plays to the lowest common denominator. 

“There won’t be a serious alternative to Trump on the stage tonight. President Biden is the only candidate who will stand up to Trump and protect our democracy. For all who care about the future of this country, uniting behind President Biden is our only shot at preserving the great American experiment.”

The Lincoln Project is a leading pro-democracy organization in the United States — dedicated to the preservation, protection, and defense of democracy.

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