Despite choosing to not participate in the Republican primary debates, former President Donald Trump announced he will be live-streaming the debates so he can make off-the-cuff wisecracks and insult the other candidates in the style of the beloved television series Mystery Science Theater 3000.
“It’ll be the greatest debate broadcast of all time,” Trump said in the announcement on his Truth Social account. “The only reason anyone wants to watch the debate is if I’m there to tell the truth about these other WEAK candidates. That is why I will be streaming the debate LIVE with my own commentary as an homage to the beautiful show MST3K. Look for my silhouette at the bottom of the screen. It will be the blackest, most beautiful silhouette, and my commentary will STEAL the show, just like the rigged 2020 election was STOLEN from me! MAGA!”
Trump’s campaign team had already set up a green screen room with theater-style seating for Trump so that the outline could be superimposed over the debate broadcast. “It’s going to be a great show,” said campaign communications manager Steven Cheung. “Not only will it be far more entertaining than the debate itself but it will also show the voters why President Trump is the only choice. Plus, it’ll have puppets.”
At publishing time, Trump’s inner circle was reportedly exploring expanding the format to also cover future debates and campaign speeches given by President Joe Biden, seeing the potential for creating a lucrative television series.