On Thursday, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that the second debate between President Trump and Joe Biden would take place virtually in order to protect both parties after Trump tested positive for COVID-19.

However, it appears there won’t be a debate at all. Shortly after the news about the virtual debate, Trump told Fox Business that he would not be participating in the virtual event.

“I heard that the commission a little while ago changed the debate style, and that's not acceptable to us,” he told anchor Maria Bartiromo

“I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate. That’s not what debating is all about. You sit behind a computer and do a debate, it’s ridiculous. And then they cut you off whenever they want.”

However, folks on Twitter suspected Trump was afraid of a virtual debate because he wouldn’t be able to bully Biden in person. Voters took to the social media platform to taunt the president by sharing photos of him in a chicken costume.

“#ChickenTrump doesn’t want to be out in a position where his zoom call can be muted when he decides to repeat the last disastrous debate with Biden. He should be thankful. But hey, if he doesn’t want to debate, fine, I don’t really wanna hear him anyways. I get too much already,” one person wrote.

Another person added, #ChickenTrump is afraid of a debate where he can’t interrupt his opponent with lies... go figure.”

Meanwhile, one person suspected Trump was more afraid of the idea of having to use basic skills to attend the virtual event.

“To be fair, a virtual debate definitely does favor a candidate who can read at better than a third-grade level. I understand Trump’s concern. #ChickenTrump,” the individual tweeted.

While Trump appears to be adamant about not attending the virtual debate, Biden revealed that it would be “irresponsible” for him to comment on what he will do if the president won’t participate because Trump “changes his mind every second.” His campaign later announced they would also not participate in the event following his opponent's decision. 

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