Yay or Nay?: Trump Turns Down Debate With Bernie Sanders

ICYMI: Last week Donald Trump turned down the opportunity to face off with current Democratic runner-up Bernie Sanders in a nationally televised debate. 

Quick background info: Bernie Sanders and his hopes of nabbing the Democratic Presidential Nomination are on its final life-line. The Sanders Campaign needs to complete a straight up Doug Flutie-esque Hail Mary during the June 7th California Primary if it wants to keep Hillary Clinton from snagging the nomination this week. As a result, The Brooklyn Brawler challenged The Hilldabeast to a nationally televised debate in Cali prior to the showdown in an effort to build on his momentum and potentially some steal on-the-fence voters from the Clinton Campaign. In the most unsurprising turn of events, Hillary turned down Bernie’s invitation to debate prior to the Cali Primary. The Clinton Campaign clearly believes that more time in the public eye for Hillary = more chances for her to fuck things up. Which is why Hillary not only turned down the chance to spar with Bernie, but has also been relatively MIA as of late (more on that at another time).

Hillary’s refusal to debate Bernie wouldn’t stop the Sanders Campaign from trying to gain more attention/appeal prior to tomorrow’s California Primary. Sanders formerly challenged the presumptive Republican Nomination, DJ Trump, to a debate in order to provide him some much needed life support. Not only was the news of this potential showdown a shocker, it was also enticing as fuck. I mean, there’s nothing like watching two +70-year old dudes yell at each other for two hours straight…




Flash forward: After initially accepting Bernie’s invitation to face-off in a nationally televised debate, DonDon and his camp ultimately declined the decision. Here’s what The Donald had to say:

“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.” – via PolitcusUSA

Quick Tally From That Press Release:

  1. 4 different shots taken at the Democratic Party as a whole. 
  2. 1 solid low-blow aimed at the media.
  3. 2 self-aggrandizing comments.
  4. 2 “Crooked Hillary Clinton” comments.

Now that’s an efficient use of of 115 words in terms of verbally assaulting various parties, even for Trump. 

It may seem like a no-brainer choice for Trump to turn down Sanders’ invitation to a debate, considering he is in fact the presumptive GOP nominee and Bernie is the presumptive Democratic runner-up. Then again, the Trump Campaign initially accepted the debate because they clearly felt that DonDon’s campaign could benefit from the face-off with The Brooklyn Brawler. Which had us thinking… should Trump have turned down Bernie’s challenge, as he ultimately did? Or should have Trump continued with his pattern of making ridiculously unlikely and unprecedented decisions and taken on Bernie? Let’s break down some pros and cons for y’all:

The Ups:

  1. Both Trump and Sanders would most likely be taking shots at Hillary Clinton throughout the debate. This would provide a double-whammy effect of Clinton derision, without anyone to defend Hillary.
  2. The Democratic Party would appear even more divided and divisive than ever. Trump would go out of his way to incite people’s anger towards the likes of Hillary Clinton, while Sanders would most likely stand-by, as Trump would be denouncing his own opponent.
  3. Some on-the-fence voters might find the populism of Trump relatively similar to that of Bernie’s. If the Dem ticket ends up featuring Hillary Clinton, Trump could potentially swing current Sanders supporters (and it could be solely out of a disdain of Clinton, to be frank).
  4. The debate would highlight another no-show for the presumptive and already coronated Hillary Clinton.


The Downsides:

  1. Bernie Sanders could go full kamikaze, take one for the team, and just try to drag the entire debate into the mud for the good of the Democratic Party. This specific situation seems unlikely considering the current contention between Sanders and the DNC. However, Sanders would most likely go out of his way to take down Trump, no matter how hard Trump tried to steer the conversation towards Hillary Clinton.
  2. All the debate really offers for DonDon is to fuck things up. Dude is a verbal loose cannon and could get surrriously tripped of if he goes into the debate a bit too nonchalantly or arrogantly.




While Trump probably made the right decision by ultimately turning down Bernie… it really is a dissapointment and deviation from what the 2016 election cycle has been all about. It would only make sense that during this entire political circus that a GOP candidate would be debating a Democratic candidate that might not even be on the ticket.


Only in America….






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