Donald Trump Has Already Backed Out Of Debate With Bernie That He Proposed

Trump told Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday night that he would debate Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders on national television for charity.

For a few hours, social media was abuzz with the possibility of an actual debate between presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump and Democratic hopeful and self-proclaimed political revolutionary Bernie Sanders. This was all due to Trump telling ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel that he would debate Sanders on national television as long as the proceeds would go to charity. He then talked about how big the ratings would be and yada yada yada.

With Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton having already declined Fox News’ invitation for a debate with Sanders, Bernie jumped all over this news, tweeting the following:



Once Bernie sent that out late Wednesday evening, Sanders supporters and news media outlets got uber excited at the prospect of a prime-time Trump-Sanders spectacle. Berners felt like this could be the thing to push Sanders to the overwhelming victory he needs in California to give him the nearly impossible delegate count he needs to grab the nomination. The news just loved the thought of something else shaking up this already insane election season.

But, lo and behold, it was all quickly doused with cold water, as those who have paid any attention to Trump knew it would be. Thursday morning, CBS News reported that the Trump camp has already begun telling news outlets that he was just kidding.


Imagine that! The guy who backed out of at least two GOP debates, who promised to release his tax returns for months before reneging and who has contradicted or flip-flopped on nearly every single issue he’s discussed was just making shit up on TV. Who would’ve thought?

Justin Baragona is the editor and publisher of Contemptor. Prior to starting the site, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He currently resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.
24 Comments on this post.
  • Woad
    26 May 2016 at 12:22 pm

    What coward and a liar. Is this really who you want to be representing the GOP? I would be totally embarrased if he was the democratic nominee.

    • Jim
      26 May 2016 at 2:37 pm

      Kinda like you, who can’t even use his own real name.

      • CC Smith
        26 May 2016 at 6:45 pm

        Yeah. Why don’t you use “Jim” and leave pic blank instead? Then attack a person instead of discusaing an idea or correcting facts.

        • Chris
          27 May 2016 at 3:51 am

          HAHAHAHA, beat me to it.

    • Matthew Goodpaster
      26 May 2016 at 7:19 pm

      Really and have you paid any attention to how many times Hillary has lied, flip flopped,how many scandals and bodies are attached to her name? And you would be embarrassed of Trump? Should be embarrased for yourself with your head stuck so far in the sand.

  • millgrist
    26 May 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Donald Trump’s word was good for less than 24 hours. Is that a new record for flip-flopping?

    • Matthew Goodpaster
      26 May 2016 at 7:20 pm

      Ask Hillary the queen of lies scandals and flip flops

    • pat
      26 May 2016 at 8:24 pm

      No….actually, I think $HilLIARy still holds that record

  • michael
    26 May 2016 at 1:16 pm

    trump is all talk and no action. what a loser, and backing out says a LOT about his questionable character. I like Sanders because he has integrity, and Trump does not have that quality.

    • Matthew Goodpaster
      26 May 2016 at 7:23 pm

      You can Like Sanders all day to bad he will not be running in November. Hillary has bought the nomination 7 years ago and no matter what we the people say or want she has the super delegates in her back pocket. Therefore there is no Sanders in the equation your choices are Trump or Clinton. With those choices Ill take Trump any day.

      • Robert
        27 May 2016 at 9:15 am

        say good bye to your job after the trumpster moves it overseas. chump.

      • Bones
        27 May 2016 at 9:37 am

        Not true. You are not limited by those too. In the primary you can write in Bernie Sanders for the presidency, think outside the box. 🙂

        • Bones
          27 May 2016 at 9:39 am

          Two* Damn autocorrect… that’s what you get for not paying attention before posting. LOL

  • Kathy Long
    26 May 2016 at 1:34 pm

    He remembered later that if he had to face Bernie in November’s election he would probably lose, so he didn’t want to do anything now to make Bernie look like the better candidate, especially better than Hillary. Smart political move on his part. At least you have to give him that.

    • Dave Woods
      26 May 2016 at 3:48 pm

      If he debated Bernie there would be three asses directly related to him. Himself, his own ass and the new ass that Bernie would tear him if he did debate.

  • Alex
    26 May 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Guess handvsize doesn’t indicate if you have real cohones. Trump is supposed to be the boogey man that we are supposed to be so afraid of that we have to vote for the first lady from walmart? He is afraid to debate the nicest man in politics. Your fired !!!

    • pat
      26 May 2016 at 8:27 pm

      …….and NO Chairs were “Thrown”…..Bernie Or Bust

  • Dave Woods
    26 May 2016 at 3:54 pm

    He dropped out because if he debated Bernie he would have three asses directly attached to him. Himself, his own ass, and the NEW ass Bernie would tear him if he did debate.

  • Paul
    26 May 2016 at 6:06 pm

    I’m still trying to figure out whether he is Tweedle-dee, tweedle-dum, or Tweedle-dumber.

    • Mike Wood
      27 May 2016 at 8:14 am

      Humpty Trumpty wanted a wall.
      Humpty Trumpty had a big fall.
      All of his money and all of his men.
      Couldn’t put Trumpty together again.

  • pat
    26 May 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Too Bad……it would have been YUGE!

  • Mike Wood
    27 May 2016 at 8:12 am

    Three major candidates left. Is it really true that only one has any integrity? Is it really true that only one wants to give the voters of California a chance to hear debate on the issues before the biggest primary in the country? Who has respect for voters? Who is unafraid? Who is the leader and who are the followers? We could argue this all day but in fact the character of the candidates is playing out right now in this very issue. I hope people are paying attention.

  • Dozerrific
    28 May 2016 at 7:51 am

    Trump never offered to debate Bernie. He was asked a question. The same question Bernie was asked when he was on the same show. Trump answered the question in his characteristic way. Yes he would and if they did these were his conditions. They never agreed to do anything, either side. So, there is no backing out of anything. This guy isn’t reporting on facts, he’s taking a situation and spinning it to his agenda, which is 90%of news today. And you lemmings are eating it up like pigs from a slop trough. No wonder the highest office of our country will be held by either an ego maniac, a criminal liar (at best!) or a socialist. Idiocracy was supposed to be a work of fiction not prophecy.

  • Brenda Randall
    28 May 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Unless Sanders is the vetted candidate by the Democratic Party- why should they have a debate? If he is the choice of the Democratic ticket- then of course he will hold the debate !

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