Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Monday night that he may not attend the next debate — scheduled for December 15 — unless the host network CNN pays him $5 million.
But the money would go to charity.
Speaking at a rally in Macon, Georgia, the real estate developer remarked that because of him “CNN had 23 million people [watching], it was the biggest show in the history of CNN.”
That’s when he made the proposal.
“How about we do this with CNN,” he said at about the 3:20 mark. “I won’t do the debate unless they pay me $5 million. All of which money goes to the wounded warriors and the veterans. Seriously! I would love to do it.”
Watch the video, via Real Clear Politics.
While CNBC called Trump’s proposal “a ransom,” The Hill referred to it as a demand.
Trump demands $5 million donation to wounded vets to appear in next CNN debate: https://t.co/NZAaGtXsbL pic.twitter.com/kXYXtF6NNf — The Hill (@thehill) December 1, 2015
The New Republic called it a threat.
Donald Trump is threatening to skip the next debate unless CNN pays him $5 million. https://t.co/BacvV9BYML pic.twitter.com/wrJGfWpszB
— New Republic (@NewRepublic) December 1, 2015
Time called it a proposition.
Trump proposes $5 million ransom for showing up at CNN debate https://t.co/kVRS330nTe — TIME.com (@TIME) December 1, 2015
And conservative columnist Tammy Bruce thought it a good idea.
Good idea! [Video] “Trump: Tell CNN I Won’t Do The Next Debate Unless They Donate $5 Million To Charity” https://t.co/nEyRDsRHjC
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) December 1, 2015
We’ll find out just what it is sometime within the next two weeks.
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