Mass anticipation has been circulating regarding the supposed debate between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, who is currently lagging behind in the delegate count compared to his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. While Trump was initially open to the idea of debating Sanders in California in June, he has decided to recant the invitation in a released statement Friday night.
His statement reads:
“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.”
Minutes before Trump’s statement, Sanders’ campaign manager said two broadcast networks offered major contributions to charity in order to host the debate. Beyond the broadcast networks, online show “The Young Turks” offered $1 million to host the anticipated debate, while technology company Traction and Scale offered $10 million.
Looks like Trump isn’t “feeling the Bern.”