Rallygoers were given a chance to weigh in on former President Donald Trump’s potential attendance at the first debate where he expects to be “abused with terrible questions.”
Speaking before a crowd from Erie, Pennsylvania Saturday night, the president maintained a noncommittal stance as he framed his perspective on standing shoulder to shoulder with the GOP primary candidates.
Having moments earlier referred to one member of the field as “a son of a b*tch,” Trump led into an audience poll, “Am I going to stand up there by guys with zero, one, two, three percent, maybe four and have them ask me hostile questions?”
“And if I don’t go to the debate…they say that ratings are going to be really bad,” he continued priming the crowd. “We’ll see what happens; I haven’t made a commitment one way or the other. Should I do ’em or not?”
A strong reaction from supporters left the president quieting them over “entertainment” and he asked, “But now put on your political cap, right? We have to save our country. We have to win. Should I get up there with 10 or 12 hostile people and a hostile network and be abused with terrible questions?”
Rather than asking for yeas and nays, Trump asked the same question in two different ways only to have the most vocal attendees oppose his attendance at the Aug. 23 debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“You people just want entertainment,” the president smiled.
Of course, his talk of the Fox News debate, slated to be hosted by Martha MacCallum and Bret Baier, maintained his longstanding dispute with corporate media.
Fresher still was his rivalry with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis whom he didn’t hold back on after recounting a tale about seeking Trump’s endorsement in the 2018 gubernatorial election.
“They say, ‘Will you run against the president? Will you run against the president?’ He says, ‘I have no comment.’ I said that mean’s he’s running, this son of a b*tch is running against me. I got him elected! He’s running,” the president railed.
Similar language was used in speaking about President Joe Biden whom Trump tore into, particularly for the crisis at the southern border. “We have somebody that’s not at the top of his game, never was at the top of a game, never was. We have a guy who’s a dumb son of a b*tch and to allow this to happen in our country”
As for the GOP field and the “entertainment” his supporters cheered for, the onetime commander-in-chief offered a passing remark on DeSantis’ campaign that suggested, despite talk of cratering poll numbers, the primary season is still in its infancy.
“I think if he ever made a comeback, it would be the greatest comeback in political history,” Trump said before adding of the overcome deficit in 2018, “You’re so far behind, you couldn’t win if George Washington and Abraham Lincoln came back from the dead.”
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