The speculations finally ends,Trump won’t debate Sanders.
Donald Trump threw cold water on the provocative idea of debating Sen. Bernie Sanders, saying it “seems inappropriate that I would debate the second-place finisher” in the Democratic primary.
Mr. Trump’s statement put an end to days of speculation about whether he was serious or joking when he first said he was willing to debate Mr. Sanders — an offer that the underdog seized on with enthusiasm. The Vermont senator’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, has said she isn’t interested in further debates with Mr. Sanders as the race nears the finish line.
Mr. Trump first signaled he was open to the idea of a Trump-Sanders showdown in an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Wednesday, when he predicted a Sanders-Trump debate would get “such high ratings.”
In a statement, Trump ended nearly 48-hours of speculation that such a debate would take place, after he seemingly accepted an invitation to debate Sanders offered by late night host Jimmy Kimmel. Trump aides quickly said it was a joke, but the candidate followed-up in a Thursday news conference suggesting he might accept if networks donated millions to women’s health charities.
Bernie Sanders’ openness to debate Donald Trump ahead of California’s primary — an idea first floated during a “Jimmy Kimmel Live” interview with the presumptive GOP nominee Wednesday — has some Democratic lawmakers fuming.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, told Politico Thursday that the possibility of a debate was “bulls***.”
“That confirms what we’ve been saying,” Manchin told the news site. “Why would you expect Bernie should be considerate or be nice or be working to bring everyone together? Why? He’s not a Democrat.”
“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,” Trump said in the statement. “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.”
So the following Tweet just become a joke of the week and what a joke ?
I am delighted that @realDonaldTrump has agreed to debate. Let’s do it in the biggest stadium possible.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 26, 2016
The conclusion is that on the end The gambit still proved to be a win-win for both candidates, who earned headlines and television minutes highlighting Clinton’s refusal to debate