Most of America was interested in a debate for the first time in months this week thanks to Donald Trump’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live this past week. Kimmel hit Trump with a question from Bernie Sanders — his guest for the following night — involving a possibly debate in California. Trump said it was a good idea and proceeds should go for charity, Sanders loved the idea, America loved the idea, and several networks lined up to make this happen. We even got a bunch of offers for money, with The Young Turks offering up $1 million towards a debated and Bob Arum’s Top Rank putting up a whopping $20 million to make it happen.
Then Trump pulled out. His campaign released one of those memorable statements online and effectively killed any debate that could’ve happened:
Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher. Likewise, the networks want to make a killing on these events and are not proving to be too generous to charitable causes, in this case, women’s health issues. Therefore, as much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders – and it would be an easy payday – I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.