In a throwback to 2016, Donald Trump is up to his old tricks again. He is using his talent to manipulate the media and keep everyone guessing about whether or not he will show up to the upcoming primary debate on Fox News. It looks like Trump is planning some “counterprogramming” to divert attention away from the debate in Milwaukee next week. Classic troll move, right?
According to sources, one option Trump is considering is sitting down for an interview with former Fox host Tucker Carlson. That would certainly create some buzz and steal the spotlight from his challengers.
But the drama doesn’t stop there. The media frenzy surrounding Trump’s criminal indictments is in full swing, and it’s expected to continue next week when he is arraigned in Georgia. Rumor has it that Trump might even time his surrender in Atlanta to coincide with the debate in Milwaukee. Talk about taking control of the news cycle.
In true Trump fashion, he is teasing everyone with the possibility of attending the debate, but he hinted on Thursday that it’s unlikely. He took to Truth Social (his new social media platform) to vent his frustrations about Fox News, accusing them of not showing all the polls where he’s beating Biden. And of course, he couldn’t resist taking a dig at the media for using unflattering pictures of him.
Let’s face it, folks. This is Trump’s debate to skip, and he knows it. He’s got Fox executives begging him to participate, but he’s not buying it. He has his reasons, from his frontrunner status to bias at Fox, to that pesky pledge requiring candidates to support the eventual nominee. Trump doesn’t play by the rules, and he’s not about to start now.
Meanwhile, the suspense is building for Trump’s top rival, Ron DeSantis. His campaign got off to a rocky start, and now he’s banking on this debate to turn things around. But it won’t be easy. Recently leaked strategy documents reveal that DeSantis plans to defend Trump and attack rising star Vivek Ramaswamy, who is threatening DeSantis’ position as the runner-up.
It’s all shaping up to be a real nail-biter, my friends. Will Trump show up or not? Who will come out on top in the debate? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure, Trump is always in control, and he knows how to keep us on the edge of our seats.