Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump Essentially Agree to a California Debate

During an appearance with Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday night, Donald Trump did the usual late night talk show routine where he’s jabbed by the host, talked a little bit about his personal life and rambled on about the same nonsense he typically says during these kinds of appearances.

Well, during the interview Kimmel jokingly said that Bernie Sanders (who’s his guest tomorrow night) wanted to know if Trump was willing to debate him since Hillary Clinton declined an invitation for a debate hosted by Fox News.

“If I debated him, we would have such high ratings. And I think, I should give, I should take that money and find some worthy charity,” Trump said.

I’m not sure if Trump should be talking about donating money to charity concerning the recent controversy that’s swirled around his campaign about the money he was supposed to have raised for veterans.

Be that as it may, Sanders was eager to put the presumptive GOP nominee on the spot by agreeing to debate him, tweeting this after Trump’s comment:

First, let me play the role of “Debbie Downer.” While this sounds like a great idea, I’m almost certain neither the DNC or the RNC would want (or even allow) this to happen. Though I’m not certain what, if any, power either party would have to stop it. Clearly Republicans aren’t going to “steal” the nomination from Trump if he were to have this unsanctioned debate, and Sanders really has nothing to lose at this point so the DNC couldn’t do much of anything to stop it. Either way, I really can’t see Trump ever showing up for this in the first place. This is someone who talks a much bigger game than he actually backs up. I think Bernie Sanders would absolutely crush Trump in a debate – which wouldn’t be good for his campaign.

That being said, I would love to see this. While I am looking forward to seeing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump square off during the general election, I would have been just as happy seeing Sanders take him on as well.

In many ways the two campaigns have been very similar to one another with their populist message, their very passionate supporters and the “anti-establishment” rhetoric on which both candidates have built large parts of their campaign.

But at the same time, the two men could not be more different. It would be two loudmouth native New Yorkers who are nearly polar opposites of one another going head-to-head. I don’t say this often because he lies about damn near everything, but Trump is absolutely right when he says the ratings would be huge. I would literally pay money to watch that debate.

Will it happen? Like I said, it’s doubtful. Though if we’ve learned one thing about the 2016 presidential primary, it’s that we should never say never. Because I’m pretty sure this time last year if I had told everyone that Donald Trump would eventually be the GOP presidential nominee, the vast majority of people would have insisted that would “never” happen.

But it did.

In the meantime, if you want a humorous preview of what a Trump/Sanders debate could sound like, check out this “debate special” from @midnight on Comedy Central a couple months back. Let’s hope we actually get to see the real thing sometime in the next couple weeks before the California primary.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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