donald trump declines republican presidential debates citing popularity
Former US President Donald Trump has made headlines once again by announcing his decision to skip the first Republican presidential debate scheduled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He justified his absence by asserting that he doesn’t need to prove his success as a president to the American people, claiming they are already well aware of his accomplishments.
Taking to his social media platform Truth Social, Trump declared, “I WILL THEREFORE NOT BE DOING THE DEBATES!” He pointed to recent polls, where he emerged as the clear frontrunner in the Republican field. Astonishingly, 62% of the survey respondents expressed their intention to vote for him despite his facing four indictments this year alone. These charges include allegations of attempting to undermine US democracy by scheming to overturn the 2020 election results and maintain power despite his loss to Joe Biden.
He cited a plethora of issues, ranging from energy, border security and the military to the economy, as reasons why the public recognizes the success of his presidency. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis emerged as Trump’s closest rival in the CBS poll with 16% support. While the rest of the candidates lagged behind in single digit percentages.
The decision to skip the debate had been hinted at earlier, with Trump expressing his reluctance to share the stage with lower-polling competitors. Reports even indicated that he planned to forget the debate to conduct an online interview.
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Despite his absence, Trump remains a central figure in the race. The four criminal and three civil trials he faces, concerning allegations spanning his presidency, will likely be points of contention among his opponents during the debate. Observers anticipate that Trump’s legal challenges could shape the discourse even if he’s not physically present.
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While seven other candidates have qualified for the debate, including state governors DeSantis and Doug Burgum, former vice president Mike Pence, and others, it’s clear that Trump’s absence leaves a void. While he dominates the polls, his decision to abstain from the debate raises concerns among his allies that his rivals could seize the opportunity to create a viral moment and gain momentum. As the political landscape continues to evolve, the absence of the former president from the debate stage certainly doesn’t diminish his impact on the race.