Trump Makes Stunning Campaign Announcement And Shocks Everyone
Former President Donald Trump is reportedly considering skipping at least some of the Republican primary debates for the 2024 presidential election. According to the New York Times, Trump believes that he is up by too many points and that there are not enough candidates who are polling close enough to him. Trump is also said to have concerns about the hosting institutions and the timeline of the debates.
Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel had previously announced the first two debates of the GOP presidential primary season, to be hosted by Fox News and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. However, Trump is said to be considering skipping one or both of these debates due to his polling advantage.
One person who spoke with Trump recalled him saying, “In his mind there’s not enough candidates who are polling close enough to him. And that if he does a debate this early with candidates who are polling in the single digits, there’s no upside for him.”
Trump reportedly mentioned his previous disputes with former Fox News host Megyn Kelly as part of his reasoning for not wanting to participate in a debate hosted by the network. He has also expressed concerns about the debate schedule publicly, stating in a recent post on his social media platform Truth Social that he did not approve the debates and that there is no reason for him to subject himself to being "libeled and abused" by "hostile Networks with angry, TRUMP & MAGA hating anchors asking the 'questions'."
It remains to be seen whether Trump will actually follow through on his reported plans to skip the debates, but his potential absence could have a significant impact on the Republican primary race. As a frontrunner in the polls, Trump's presence in the debates could provide an opportunity for other candidates to challenge him and gain momentum. Without him, the dynamics of the race could be significantly different.
Regardless of whether he participates in the debates or not, Trump remains the top political figure in the Republican Party and a potential candidate for the 2024 presidential election. His decisions regarding the debates will likely be closely watched by both his supporters and his critics in the coming months.