Donald Trump appears to have decided to skip participating in the upcoming Republican presidential debates. The Republican National Committee declared in February that the opening debate for the Republican presidential candidates will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in August 2023.
The RNC considered holding between 10 and 12 debates from August until the summer of 2024, when the Republican National Convention occurred. The RNC stated last week that the second debate would occur at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley near Los Angeles, California.
On Tuesday, the 76-year-old politician used his social media platform Truth Social to explain why he plans to refrain from this debate.
He posted on Tuesday, April 25, “I see that everyone is talking about the Republican Debates, but nobody got my approval, or the approval of the Trump Campaign, before announcing them.”
He added, “When you’re leading by seemingly insurmountable numbers, and you have hostile Networks with angry, TRUMP & MAGA hating anchors asking the ‘questions,’ why subject yourself to being libeled and abused?” Trump expressed his opinion.
As the chairman of the venue is Fred Ryan, the publisher of The Washington Post, Trump stated that he doesn’t want the ceremony to take place at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. He opposes the idea.
— World-Wire (@WorldWire) April 27, 2023
Whereas the Trump campaign claimed that the social media message is self-explanatory. According to a person knowledgeable about the debate preparations, the RNC discussed the procedure with every campaign and candidate.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has hinted that there might be requirements for participation, such as a specified funding threshold, and that contenders would be asked to sign a pledge promising to support the ultimate GOP nominee. Trump has so far declined to commit to that.
McDaniel was asked on CNN on February 26 if she could imagine a scenario where Trump skips the debate if he’s compelled to sign a document declaring his support for the nominee. To that question, McDaniel answered, “I think President Trump would like to be on the debate stage. That’s what he likes to do. And I expect they’ll all be there.”
Following Trump’s complaint that the moderators of the 2020 debates were unfair to him, the RNC also modified its rules to forbid its presidential candidates from taking part in debates sponsored by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates.
It’s not the first time the businessman has raised a fuss over the debates. He also threatened to skip the primary debate in early 2016 because he believed Megyn Kelly wouldn’t treat him fairly.
He refused to participate in a Fox News debate in January 2016. He demanded the removal of Megyn Kelly, the network host who had moderated a prior Fox News debate at that time. Instead, Trump hosted a veteran’s charity event.
He also mentioned in March 2016 that he might decide not to participate in the CNN interview since he did not like the network.
Trump also refused to take part in the Republican presidential debate scheduled for Salt Lake City, Utah, in March 2016, which led to the cancellation of the event.
In the meantime, Trump announced in November 2022 that he would run for president again and appears to be asking supporters to join his campaign, including Kellyanne Conway, his former top adviser.
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