Trump Costs Charity $20 Million by Refusing to Debate Sanders on Promoter's Pay-Per-View
A boxing promoter has ponied up $20 million to donate to charity, as Donald Trump suggested, if Trump debated Bernie Sanders before the June 7th California primary. Businessman Bob Arum, owner of Top Rank Promotions, said in a press release reported by the Washington Times:
“It’s the debate of the century between two of the top pound-for-pound politicians in the country — Mr. Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee and Senator Sanders, the Democratic candidate...We have two contenders ready, willing and able to go mano a mano over the most important issues facing the United States. And I am ready to promote it.”
Last week Trump agreed to the idea on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel LIve. Politico reported:
Appearing on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in a show that aired Wednesday night, Trump said he would be willing to debate Sanders if proceeds from such an event went to charity.
Then days later, Trump backed away, saying it would not be "appropriate" to debate Sanders.
Democrat Party rules say nothing about debates for charity during an election, and do not prohibit extra-party debates.
Sanders responded with disappointment after jumping at the chance to debate Trump after Hillary Clinton stated she would not debate Sanders before the California primary. Sanders said in Los Angeles:
"I hope that he changes his mind again. Mr. Trump is known to change his mind many times in a day...Trump is a bully, he's a big tough guy. Well, I say to Mr. Trump, what are you afraid of?"
Mr. Arum said he would donate $20 million to a charity of Donald Trump's choosing if he debated Sanders on his pay-per-view channel, Lincoln-Douglas style, without moderators.