Former President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday that he sees no reason to participate in the Republican debate because he is so far ahead of his opponents in the 2024 Republican presidential primary.
“I’m leading by 40 points. A lot of people say, ‘Why have a debate when you’ve got two-year-olds, three-year-olds, 15-year-olds and 14-year-olds?'” [percent]?” Trump told John Katsimatidis, host of WABC 770’s “The Cats & Cosby Show.”
“People don’t argue when they have these big leads. They say, ‘Why do we debate?’ A group of adversarial anchors, or adversarial networks, pose the question. why do i do that said the 76-year-old former president.
Trump went on to accuse the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California of being “run by the Washington Post,” where the Republican presidential primary debate is scheduled, and called the Post an “enemy of the people.” he ridiculed.
“The publisher of the Washington Post is the chairman of the Reagan Library. And that’s where it becomes one of the arguments. I don’t want to be there,” Trump told Kachmatidis, referring to the Reagan administration’s White House. said Frederick Ryan Jr., a former aide to the Reagan Library and now chairman of the Reagan Library and publisher and CEO of The Washington Post.
Trump continued, “When you’re on top, you don’t have a debate.”
The former Supreme Commander reiterated: It’s kind of insane. ”
Recent polls show Trump as the leading Republican nominee for 2024, but Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will outperform Trump in a head-to-head confrontation with President Biden. There are also polls that show
Trump will lose to Biden by an average of 3.1%, and DeSantis, 44, will outpace incumbents by an average of 1.2% in the popular vote, according to a WPA intelligence study released Tuesday.
An NBC News poll released Sunday also appears to show that DeSantis, who has not said he will run for president in 2024, is closing the gap on Trump.
The survey found that 46% of voters in the Republican primary voted for Trump, while 31% said they would choose DeSantis. By contrast, a Yahoo News/YouGov poll earlier this month showed Trump leading DeSantis by 57% to 31% among Republican and Republican-leaning voters.
An NBC News poll puts former Vice President Mike Pence behind Trump and DeSantis at 6%, former South Carolina governor and former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott. and former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. 3%, with his entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy providing his 2% support.
The Republican National Committee announced earlier this month that the first Republican presidential debate of 2024 is scheduled for August this year in Milwaukee. Organized in partnership with Fox News, Young America’s Foundation and Rumble.
In an interview Wednesday, Trump said he would be open to debate Biden before the general election if he were the Republican nominee.
“You have Democrats. You have Republicans. You have a duty to do so,” Trump said.