Fox News’ Brit Hume says debate must take place even though Trump is still infected

Moments after Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said next week’s debate should be called off if President Donald Trump still had coronavirus, Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume dismissed the idea up front, saying the debate should take place even if Trump shows up infected.

As the president continues to recover from his COVID-19 diagnosis which resulted in a three-day hospital stay at Walter Reed, Biden told reporters on Tuesday night that while he was “looking forward” to a debate of Trump on Oct. 15, they “have to follow. very strict guidelines” for that to happen.

“I think if he still has COVID then we shouldn’t be having a debate,” he added.

Ahead of Wednesday’s Vice Presidential Debate, which sparked a brawl between candidate camps over coronavirus security measures due to Vice President Mike Pence’s closeness to the President and other infected staff from the White House, Hume acknowledged that Trump’s capture of COVID-19 was “ not a good situation ” for the president politically.

“However, when it comes to the disease and whether we should let it rule our lives, I think he is on the right track,” added Hume, who has regularly downplayed the dangers of the virus.

Referring to Biden’s debate remarks, Fox News host Martha MacCallum wondered aloud what Hume thought of the ex-veep opening the door to the debate being canceled if Trump still had COVID-19 next week.

“Look, haven’t the medical authorities been telling us all this time that to avoid infection you stay a certain distance from each other,” he said. “And you wear masks and even in some circumstances you might have a partition that separates you from others, and that way you can go on living.”

“There is a real need to live life,” continued Hume. “And presidential and vice-presidential debates are part of it. So the idea that the president is still potentially infected somehow, that you can’t have an in-person debate goes against everything we’ve been told about this disease. .

He concluded by invoking Biden’s usual mantra that he would ‘follow the science’ on the coronavirus, saying we were in a ‘whole new ball game’ if the virus could be passed on to others even though ‘measures precautionary “such as mask-wearing and social distancing are followed.

“I don’t think we are,” he hissed.

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