Tonight’s highly anticipated debate, which many predict will be the most-watched presidential debate in our nation’s history, promises to be even more exciting with the addition of two very special guests.
The Clinton team has invited Mark Cuban, a notorious Trump critic, to sit in what CNN considers the best seat in the house.
Cuban, a former Trump supporter, responded to Clinton’s invitation with an enthusiastic message on Twitter:
Just got a front row seat to watch @Hillary Clinton overwhelm @realDonaldTrump at the “Humbling at Hofstra” on Monday. It is on!
Even if Cuban remains silent during the debate, his mere presence serves a propaganda purpose. Situating Cuban in a spot the media can’t miss gives commentators plenty of ammunition for anti-Trump material.
Never one to take an insult lightly, Donald Trump responded to Clinton’s ploy by offering a front row seat to Gennifer Flowers, the famous ex-mistress of Bill Clinton. Flowers was happy to accept Trump’s invitation, and says she will “definitely” be there. (Some reports are saying the Trump campaign has changed its mind, so don’t be too disappointed…).
Hillary Clinton has been repeatedly criticized for allowing (even supporting) her husband’s promiscuity, and Flowers’ presence in the audience might throw the former Secretary of State off her guard. Hillary is not an improviser like Donald Trump, and she doesn’t do well when forced to go off script. Seating Flowers in the front row is just the sort of thing that might lead Clinton into a “deer-in-headlights” situation.
“Trump’s instinct to punch back, I think, is neither scandalous nor, as many supporters claim, “genius,” but rather the natural response of an experienced businessman,” writes Powerline’s John Hinderaker.
Editor’s note: I think Mark Cuban’s presence could hinder Trump if he decides to be vocal and disruptive, but otherwise not. The mere presence of Gennifer Flowers would likely be unnerving for Hillary. I’m not sure they have ever actually met, but the symbolism would be humiliating for her. On the other hand, it might very well detract from what many believe will be a resounding Trump victory.
As we have mentioned before, while Hillary excels in the day to day press wars, Trump excels in the “big show” events. This debate will likely be one of the most watched in history.