President Donald Trump confirmed he would not participate in the GOP presidential primary debate, also suggesting he could sit out the others.
“The public knows who I am & what a successful Presidency I had,” Trump announced on Truth Social Sunday.
“I WILL THEREFORE NOT BE DOING THE DEBATES!”
It’s not known whether Trump will decide to skip every GOP presidential debate, but it appears it could be a likely scenario.
The Republican National Committee demanded each candidate sign a loyalty pledge to support the eventual nominee in order to enter the debates.
However, Trump refused to sign the pledge.
As the Daily Fetched reported last week, Trump made the decision to be interviewed by Fox News host Tucker Carlson instead of participating in the debates.
According to the New York Times, the interview has already been recorded and will air at the same time as the debate.
Meanwhile, Trump is leading the Republican pack by 41 percentage points, a RealClearPolitics revealed, placing him at 55.5%.
Trump’s commanding lead over Republican candidates is one reason he said he had little to gain from taking part in the debates.
Trump’s stance against the debates has been used as ammunition by opponents, including DeSantis, who said, “We can’t afford a nominee who is too weak to debate.”
“Why would I allow people at 1 or 2% and 0% to be hitting me with questions all night?” Trump said in June.
“No one is entitled to this nomination, including Donald Trump. You have to show up and earn it,” a spokesperson for DeSantis’ campaign posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Trump has dismissed such stances outright.
“It’s not a question of guts. It’s a question of intelligence,” he said in an interview with Eric Bolling of Newsmax.
The debate will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on August 23 and be moderated by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum of Fox News.
The RNC is proud to announce the @FoxNews Republican Primary Debate with Partners @YAF and @RumbleVideo,” the Republican National Committee tweeted in April.