Trump confirms that he will not participate in Republican primary debate

 August 21, 2023

Candidates vying for the Republican Party's presidential nomination are set to square off on Wednesday evening in a debate hosted by Fox News.

Yet as the Daily Caller reported this weekend, the race's leading candidate has confirmed that he won't be participating. 

Trump: "Why would I debate?"

Former President Donald Trump made the announcement in a post to Truth Social on Sunday, arguing that he has nothing to prove.

Trump declared, "The public knows who I am & what a successful Presidency I had, with Energy Independence, Strong Borders & Military, Biggest EVER Tax & Regulation Cuts, No Inflation, Strongest Economy in History, & much more. I WILL THEREFORE NOT BE DOING THE DEBATES!"

That statement came in the wake of another Truth Social post in which Trump said, "Many people are asking whether or not I will be doing the DEBATES?"

"ALL AMERICANS have been clamoring for a President of extremely High Intelligence. As everyone is aware, my Poll numbers, over a 'wonderful' field of Republican candidates, are extraordinary," he insisted.

"In fact, I am leading the runner up, whoever that may now be, by more than 50 Points. Reagan didn’t do it, and neither did others. People know my Record, one of the BEST EVER, so why would I Debate? I’M YOUR MAN. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" Trump concluded.

Trump asks why he "would I let these people take shots at me"

The Daily Caller noted that this is not the first time Trump has expressed disdain for the idea of appearing on a debate stage with his Republican opponents.

During a June interview with Fox News host Bret Baier, the former president declared, "I like to debate. I don't mind it at all," but asked, "Why would I allow people at 1% and 2% and 0% to be hitting me with questions all night?"

Trump added, "Why would I let Ada Hutchinson--his name is Asa but I call him 'Ada' because, you know...why would I let him, Chris Christie who's got nothing going except 'I be tougher than Trump'--he's not tougher than anybody, he's slob, but why would I let these people take shots at me?"

Poll shows Trump well in the lead

Trump's position as head of the GOP's pack appears to have solidified, with a recent poll showing him as having more support than all other candidates combined.

Carried out between August 16 and August 17 by Emerson College, it found that he is supported by 56% of Republican primary voters, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy tied for a distant second place.

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