While speaking to reporters in North Dakota, Donald Trump announced that Bernie Sanders is going to have to pay to debate him, and he would have to get $10 million from Sanders to participate in the charity debate.
Oh, I’d love to debate Bernie. He’s a dream. Well, I said, and I said last night on Jimmy’s show, it was a question that was posed, and I said I’d love to debate him, but I’d want a lot of money to be put up for charity, so what we’ll do is if we can raise maybe for women’s health issues or something if we can raise $10 or $15 million for charity, which would be a very appropriate amount. I understand the television business very well. It would get very high ratings. It should be in a big arena somewhere, and we could have a lot of fun with it. I’d love to debate Bernie. Actually, I mean the problem with debating Bernie is that he’s gonna’ lose.
The biggest problem I have is if Bernie’s not going to win, but I’d debate him any way if they’d want to put up money for charity…It’s true, but they’d have to pay a lot of money for it, because look, I’m in first place. I won. I’d say something over $10 million.
Trump knows that the Sanders campaign does not have $10 million extra dollars. The Sanders campaign began May with $5.8 million and is dealing with a cash crunch. Bernie Sanders is also trying to win the remaining primary states. What Trump is suggesting is that Sanders take money that could be used to win in California and spend it on funding a debate with Donald Trump.
Trump is trying to get out of debating Bernie Sanders by specifying that the money had to come for Sanders. The Sanders campaign nor the candidate has that kind of cash, so Donald Trump is weaseling out of debating Bernie Sanders by imposing an impossible to meet condition on the debate.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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