The first GOP primary debate is fast approaching, but it looks like former President Donald Trump won’t be in attendance. However, that doesn’t mean he won’t be making his presence felt. With eight candidates qualified for the debate, each hopeful has a chance to stand out among the crowded field and prove they are the best choice to win the White House in 2024. But some GOP leaders are dismissing the debate as unnecessary, pointing to Trump’s strong poll numbers as a reason not to participate. And let’s be honest, Trump’s poll numbers are yuge!
The Trump-aligned MAGA Inc. PAC has launched a new website promoting the @GOP presidential primary debate as the “2024 Vice Presidential Debate” — suggesting the candidates are campaigning to be Donald Trump’s running mate.https://t.co/kDJ4OUj4Oa
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 23, 2023
Trump’s Make America Great Again PAC has even launched a cheeky new website promoting the event as the “2024 Vice Presidential Debate.” It’s like they’re saying, “Hey, these guys might be running for president, but let’s face it, they’re really just campaigning to be Trump’s right-hand man.” The website features all eight candidates who will be in the debate and asks viewers to vote on who they think Trump should pick as his running mate. It’s a smart move by Trump to keep himself in the spotlight and show that he still holds significant influence within the party.
In typical Trump fashion, he announced on Sunday that he won’t be participating in the debates. He argues that his strong showing in the polls makes his presence unnecessary. And he’s got a point. A new CBS News poll has Trump leading the field by a whopping 50 percentage points! That’s like winning by a landslide. It’s clear that Trump still has a massive following and is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination in 2024.
Instead of participating in the debates, Trump plans to promote counterprogramming during the same time slot to divert voters’ attention. It’s a classic Trump move to steal the spotlight and make sure all eyes are on him. Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Trump knows how to make a spectacle. So get ready for Trump’s alternative event and brace yourself for all the drama and excitement that is sure to follow. This is just the beginning, folks!