July 31, 2021

Traditional pre-debate handshake cancelled due to COVID-19

According to a Fox News report, the longstanding tradition of shaking hands before a presidential debate has been cancelled for the 2020 election cycle due to coronavirus concerns.

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) revealed that President Trump and Democrat nominee Joe Biden will not shake hands prior to facing off in their first debate scheduled for Tuesday evening.

“Upon entering the stage, President Trump will be standing at a podium on the right side of the stage looking out at the audience, and former Vice President Biden will be standing at a podium to the left side of the stage looking out at the audience,” Peter Eyre, a senior CPD adviser, told reporters.

Biden and Trump will stand while host and moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News will be seated at a desk. There will be a small number of guests present at the debate, and Eyre stressed that all attendees will “be subject to a variety of health safety protocols, including COVID testing.”

Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said in April regarding COVID-19 that “in a perfect world,” no one would ever shake hands again. “I don’t think we should ever shake hands ever again” in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Other notable differences beyond the cancellation of the traditional handshake include skipping opening statements from the candidates in favor of jumping straight into the debate topics.

The debate will start at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday and is being hosted by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio.

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58 Responses

  1. Hasn’t anyone ever herd of wearing gloves for hand shakes or are the democrats THAT ashamed to show any morals at all ? what a circus this will be.


      1. Social distancing (I know it’s a farce) took care of that long ago for many who were still observing this crap.

    1. Shaking hands isn’t a matter of morality, but usually a matter of American and European courtesy. In Japan where I’ve visited it’s a matter of bowing.

      But in the COVID-19 political panic, I don’t take umbrage at their not shaking hands. However, I would like them to face each other and at least hank each other for coming to the debate. But no walking 10 paces and firing of course. 😉

      1. I think what would be approprite this year would be for POTUS to give sleepy Joe a middle finger salute. The left is way beyond morality and courtesy.

        1. Cindy, your answer brought a huge smile to my face on an otherwise difficult day! I agree with Carole! As us older folks say: You go, girl!!!

    2. I read that Biden will have a button in his pocket to press and then will be told an answer. So watch to see if he reaches into his pocket.

      1. Just read about that too! They implanted a device near his ear so they could tell him how to wander
        It wouldn’t surprise me. But who knows if it’s true. You sure won’t get t a true answer from factcheck

    3. DEMOCRAT has been putting their hands in their backside. Don’t you know Muslim don’t use toilet paper? All these DEMOCRAT has CONVERT DURING OBAMA TERM! Hick I wouldn’t shake hands will them! Butthole is for cleaning out the inside of the body! Why do you think men get AIDS FROM?

  2. Both parties tend to be vicious in their responses and loud spoken. Biden is going to be quick to anger and lash out with very derogatory statements that attack people.

    1. Biden going walk off the stage after the second question! He going to claim it bed time! Then flip the bird at Wallace!

  3. Dems ban on handshaking, what is next. A ban on procreation, for those that don’t understand, that means no intercourse.

    1. Hell , why not have them both wear white cloves , and have them shake hands , are could it be wacky Joe Biden is afraid to face Trump on this debate .

  4. American Digest “staff writers”, it would be nice if you “guys” would proofread your articles before publishing. Grammar and spelling, especially of people’s names correctly, go a long way toward credibility. You are supposed to be “professionals”, aren’t you?

      1. Next they will be burning, looting, and murdering little children, but it is not their fault, it is what they were taught.

        1. But that is to only to take place , When They Get Angry , “But then those Democrats been angry ever since Donald J. Trump got into the race to the white house , “Then their anger became hate to hateful , that made them worse , to where it is taken those types of people today , and they are making them selves look like those cartoons we know of , only they are funny , but these types of people are for real , and I for one do not have no pity for such type of people , as they brought it all on themselves , and they even look stupid , when they open their mouths to talk , and the way they say things , and think that no one has noticed , maybe that is because goofy dose not know goofy from goofy , because they are all goofy.

  5. What? No hugs? They could do chicken wings where they take their elbows & ‘gently’ hit each other’s elbow. I still want to know if they are going to take drug tests prior to the debate. I have t agree with Trump that they may have Biden on performance enhancing drugs. If Biden goes for it, don’t hesitate, do the tests!!

  6. Can Joe Biden even stand for the entire debate? It’s going to be a very lopsided debate. Biden will either blow up in anger or say something that makes no sense to anyone but him. The human gaff machine. No amount of prepping will help him stay up with President Trump. Even with Chris Wallace as the commentator, who is a antiTrumper, Biden still is behind President Trump. It should be very entertaining. For Republicans and Independents anyway.

  7. I’m in the generation that meant everything when you shook a person’s hand. It was not only a friendly gesture, it was also a sign of liking that person, trusting him, AND expecting that person to be an honest & decent human. Therefore, I think NOT shaking JOE BIDEN’S hand is a very good idea!! BUT, I’m sure Biden will miss not doing it since he LOVES having roaming hands !!!

  8. Chris Wallace? Get Joe Rogan
    Fine no handshake put the gloves on and let Trump beat Biden old school, if Pelosi interferes let Trump knock her out too? I would pay for that

  9. Who cares. I say take 2×4 and bust Joe Biden over the head,, Idiot needs just give it up I do not want to see America have another president that does nothing but tell lies 24-7 and by the way Joe Biden sucks

  10. Wonder which drugs Joe Biden on to improve his dementia symptoms. or Cholinesterase inhibitors. These medications — including donepezil (Aricept), rivastigmine (Exelon) and galantamine (Razadyne) — work by boosting levels of a chemical messenger involved in memory and judgment then after they wear off Joe seems to crash and go back to his basement

  11. What a misleading headline. What the hell is wrong with you people. Just some more misleading info. Most people would read this and think the debate was canceled. I am a avid reader of yours but you will be unsubscribed by me.

  12. And why are most states only allowing paper ballots can’t we stand 6 feet apart put on our gloves and show up in person what’s wrong with thatThat’s so the Democrats can cheat only way they can win this Do not mail your ballot came show up huge for this election Republican patriots the Democrats are counting on you not to show don’t give him that

  13. Trump is better off not shaking hands with a dem. / liberal / communist / terrorist criminal like biden , who would do something evil against Trump while doing it ! Would YOU shake hands with known organized crime ? !


  15. I would not shake hands with Quid Pro Joe either!! You don’t know where it has been and if it will fall off!!!

  16. I expect the debate to be conducted in favor of Biden. Chris Wallace has been AGAINST the president since day one and I’m disgusted that he was chosen to moderate. Watch how he plays to Joe Biden.

  17. I really appreciate this post. I have been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You have made my day! Thank you again

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