GOP Panics Over Trump’s Latest Threat

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( – Republicans appear to be divided on if former President Donald Trump needs to appear in the first Republican primary debate. The event is scheduled for August 23 and it will take place in Milwaukee.

There are some who are under the impression that if Trump skips the debate it will be bad. However, there are also others who believe that Trump is avoiding committing to attending the debate in an attempt to gain more control over the debate rules and the event’s ticketing.

The Republican National Committee has also announced that all Republican candidates who take the stage will need to make a pledge that they will support whoever the GOP presidential nominee turns out to be following the primary election. This is something that Trump has refused to do as he claims that his support is dependent on who the selected nominee is.

Some Republicans have pointed out that if Trump opts to not attend the debate, then fewer voters are going to tune in which could potentially hurt the other candidates. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), argued that Trump should attend the debate adding that it is necessary for all candidates to get a platform to express their opinions on a variety of topics.

This would not be the first time that Trump has missed a major event. Last month, Trump skipped the annual “Roast and Ride” fundraising event hosted by Ernst in Des Moines. The event was attended by eight other candidates. Trump did not only fail to attend this event but he also did not send any video message for Ernst to display during the event, despite the fact that two large screens had been rented for that purpose.


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