Trump Bails On Sanders Debate
Donald Trump issued the following statement:
"Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher. Likewise, the networks want to make a killing on these events and are not proving to be too generous to charitable causes, in this case, women’s health issues. Therefore, as much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders - and it would be an easy payday - I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be."
If ever an event like a debate with Bernie Sanders seemed ideal for Donald Trump's campaign, a highly-rated media-circus chance for an end-run to damage Hillary Clinton, this would seem to have been it. Yet, after saying on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show earlier this week that he would love to debate Sanders if the host network would donate millions of dollars to a charity, he's backed out.
Minutes before Trump's statement, Sanders' campaign manager Jeff Weaver said two broadcast networks offered to make a major contribution to charity in order to host a debate between Sanders and Donald Trump. Weaver said, "Our campaign and the Trump campaign have received two offers by broadcast television networks to host the Sanders-Trump debate that we suggested. Both offers include a major contribution to charity".
Rather than speculating, I'll leave it to Trump's defenders to struggle for an answer.