Following his Time magazine interview last week, it came out that Donald Trump was considering requiring CNN to pay $10 million to charities of his choice in order for him to appear at their September 16th debate.
“Here’s my question: So if I go to CNN and I say, Look, you’re going to have a massive audience, and if I say to them, I want $10 million for charity, nothing for myself, what happens? I’m not showing up, right?,”…
Part of me thinks he is just laying the ground work for an exit strategy. If CNN actually paid he would look like a dominant figure and embarrass everyone else. If they don’t, which is far more likely, then he can just not show up and use this as an excuse. It’s clear that Donald did not enjoy the last debate experience with Fox News, so it would be understandable why he would choose to wimp out of this one.
Still, the chances are he will go and not put up a stink about it. It’s just fun to speculate why he was pushing this $10 million from CNN line.