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Biden Mocked For Several ‘Jump Cuts’ In Short Video Accepting Trump’s Debate Challenge

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President Joe Biden was once again widely mocked on social media over a short video his handlers posted of him accepting former President Donald Trump’s debate challenge.

The video appeared to contain several “jump cuts,” leading observers to speculate that despite its short length, Biden took several attempts to get the message right, though he seemed to be reading it off a teleprompter.

“In a super short 14 second video, the Biden campaign needed to do 5 jump cuts because Crooked Joe couldn’t deliver a clean reading. Total disaster,” Trump campaign official Steven Cheung posted on X.

“Biden’s video has 5 cuts in 13 seconds. What will Biden do in a debate when his many handlers can’t edit and splice his sentences together,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) wrote with laughing emojis.

“Biden made five cuts in 14 seconds to say 51 words. I think the world knows who will win this debate,” conservative podcast host Graham Allen added.

“Biden needed 5 cuts to make it through this 13 second video,” noted conservative Daily Wire pundit Matt Walsh.

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“lol. Biden’s comms director says he ‘did not mince words’ in this video. They literally cut them up,” talk radio host Vince Coglianese said on the X platform, posted alongside a clip of Biden-Harris campaign director Michael Tyler’s interview on MSNBC.

“This 14 second video had so many cuts its almost like a claymation film,” conservative writer and editor Jay Caruso observed mockingly.

The “Trump campaign [is] desperate because they’ve been begging to debate and he got called out,” a Biden campaign adviser told the New York Post in a push-back against the criticism.

“So they are grasping at straws trying to make a common online [video-editing] tactic be an attack,” the adviser added, noting the video was filmed at the White House.

Biden and Trump have announced their agreement to participate in a debate hosted by CNN in Atlanta on June 27 at 9 p.m., followed by another debate hosted by ABC News on September 10. Trump, who opted out of all 2024 GOP primary debates, has frequently taunted Biden on this matter, alleging that the incumbent is afraid to confront him. Trump repeatedly said during the GOP primaries he saw no need to debate because he was so far ahead of his challengers.

After Trump said he was in, Biden said in a post on X that he “received and accepted an invitation” from CNN.  “Over to you, Donald. As you said: anywhere, any time, any place,” Biden wrote.

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When asked for a comment, Trump told Fox News Digital that he would accept the invitation and “will be there.” The Republican added that he is “looking forward to being in beautiful Atlanta.”

The proposal, initially detailed by the Biden-Harris campaign in a letter to the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates on Wednesday morning, moves away from the longstanding tradition of three fall debates organized by the commission. Following the announcement, Trump told Fox News Digital that he would accept the timeline proposed by the incumbent Democrat.

“Crooked Joe Biden is the worst debater I have ever faced – he can’t put two sentences together,” Trump told Fox News Digital. “Crooked is also the worst president in the history of the United States, by far.”

Trump also told the outlet that “it is time for a debate to take place – even if it has to be held through the offices of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which are totally controlled by Democrats and who, as people remember, got caught cheating with me with debate sound levels.”

“I’m ready to go,” Trump said. “The dates that they proposed are fine. Anywhere. Anytime. Any place. Let’s see if Joe can make it to the stand-up podium.”

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“The proposed June and early September dates are fully acceptable to me,” Trump added in his statement to Fox News Digital. “I will provide my own transportation.”

Some Democrats, however, are voicing concerns. On Wednesday, Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed her personal views on the debates.

“I myself would never recommend going on stage with Donald Trump, but the president has decided that’s what he wants to do,” Pelosi said. Fox News reported. “I think the format he is suggesting is a good one.”

The California Democrat also suggested that instead of a debate, she would prefer to see “separate town hall meetings” for each candidate to let the audience “challenge them with questions about the future.”

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