Donald Trump derided his Republican 2024 rivals on Monday by suggesting what they would really be competing for in the first GOP primary debate.
The former president wrote on his Truth Social platform: “Let them debate so I can see who I MIGHT consider for Vice President!”
Trump has vowed to skip the Fox News-hosted event in Milwaukee on Aug. 23. He previously called Fox a “hostile network” and said he shouldn’t have to respond to candidates trailing him so far in the polls.
Trump is currently the GOP front-runner by a country mile. A New York Times/Siena College poll released Monday put Trump ahead of the GOP field with 54 percentage points. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is second, 37 points behind.
DeSantis, Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.), former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy have so far qualified to appear on the debate stage with Trump.
Former Vice President Mike Pence and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson haven’t yet made the debate cut.