Yes, you read that headline correctly.
Donald Trump continues to defy the odds and every sane thinking individual in the country who can’t understand why he is leading the pack for the GOP nomination at the moment.
We have already shared, from a PR perspective, why Donald Trump is still a media darling and the frontrunner for the election next November. Essentially, Americans are so thirsty for change in Washington, they will run full speed to a mirage hoping that oasis is real in the middle of the street.
And now, in preparation for the next GOP Presidential Debate on CNN in a couple of weeks, Trump has a way to … well, trump himself.
“How about I tell CNN, who doesn’t treat me properly … I’m not gonna do the next debate, okay?” The demand garnered tepid applause from the crowd.
Trump zeroed in more on his idea: “I won’t do the debate unless they pay me $5 million, all of which goes to Wounded Warriors or goes to vets. Seriously! I would love to do it.”
Donald Trump can hide behind a bald eagle and cloak himself in Old Glory. This is not about patriotism. This is a heist. Trump has been butt-hurt about CNN’s “mistreatment” of him at the last debate. And he’s been well publicized regarding his place for the network:
“CNN had 23 million people [watching], it was the biggest show in the history of CNN.”
He’s not exaggerating — it was.
That said, Trump has the big head and believes his appearance should come at a premium and CNN should pay dearly. And so, we have this charitable misgiving idea.
A CNN spokesperson did not respond to requests for comments (from many publications and outlets). The next debate is slated to take place on Dec. 15 in Las Vegas.
From a PR vantage point, imagine if CNN calls his bluff: “CNN is anti-American!” And then what if they fold: “CNN actually paid a candidate to appear on a debate.”
If that wasn’t an endorsement, they did it all for ratings — nothing else.
Either way, Jeff Zucker and his news network can’t win. And as much as you hate to read it: Check. Mate. What do you think?
[PHOTO CREDIT: KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images]