The Democrats have no one to blame but themselves for this one.

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, President Trump plans to live tweet the first Democrat presidential debate. Because everyone and their momma’s dog has decided to run for president in the Democrat primary this year, the debate will be spread across two days with 10 candidates participating each day.

More from the WSJ:

President Trump’s political advisers wanted to keep the president off of Twitter during the Democratic debates next week, arguing that there was an advantage in letting potential challengers attack one another without distraction.

…Mr. Trump, even from a remove, always promised to be the most important figure at the debate. Regardless of the specific debate questions, many Democratic voters will be listening for how each candidate plans to take down Mr. Trump.

Interacting in real time on Twitter would make Mr. Trump’s presence more tangible by directly inserting himself into the political conversation unfolding on stage. His posts could provide instant responses as well as insights into which attacks he feels most acutely.

Political advisers warned that planning for debate night remains fluid, and that Mr. Trump can change his mind. A campaign spokesman declined to comment.

Political advisers have long wanted Mr. Trump to tap the brakes on attacking Democratic presidential rivals, concerned that the president’s reactions would elevate contenders and provide some shield from what otherwise could be a bruising primary battle. Mr. Trump’s broadsides against former Vice President Joe Biden, for example, have coincided with polls that increasingly show voters view Mr. Biden as the most likely to deny the president a second term.

To tweet or not to tweet?

Trump has mastered the art of flipping the news cycle on end with a single tweet. He’s repeatedly used his personal Twitter account to bypass the media and communicate directly with the public. Irreverence to political orthodoxy is just one reason Trump remains popular among his base.

Quite frankly, it wouldn’t really be 2019, nor would it seem quite right if Trump didn’t engage with potential Democrat opponents directly instead of thru the “proper” channels.


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