The moment the news broke that there was a “tentative agreement” between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump to potentially have a debate, the political world went into a bit of a frenzy debating the merits of such an event and even the possible ramifications of it actually happening. I think in the back of our minds, most of us knew it was never going to take place for any number of reasons. Either the two parties were going to do whatever they could to stop it, or Donald Trump, the spineless blowhard that he is, would find some way to cowardly excuse himself from it to avoid actually following through.
So it shouldn’t take too many people by surprise that someone who skipped one GOP debate because he was scared of Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, then refused to participate in another because he was afraid of being exposed by Sen. Ted Cruz, found an excuse not to participate in the debate with Sanders after a tech company offered to pay the
ransom $10 million he said he wanted to be given to charity in order for him to show up.
After Traction and Scale CEO Richie Hecker offered to pay the $10 million he had demanded, Trump was quick to release a statement saying that, even though his own requirements were met, he wouldn’t be participating in the debate:
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.
To translate: I really didn’t think anyone would offer the ridiculously high amount of money I demanded for this event. However, now that someone has called my bluff, I’m going to prove what a coward I am and make up an excuse not to follow through on something that was my idea, because like my campaign, I am completely and totally full of sh*t.
Well, Twitter users did what they do best – they hilariously responded under the hashtag #ChickenTrump:
I've honestly never felt so bad for an animal species in my life. What have chickens ever done to deserve this hashtag? #ChickenTrump 🐓🐣
— Daniel Bostic (@debostic) May 27, 2016
Please everyone follow the one, the only:
— STOP Trumpnado (@Trumpnado2016) May 27, 2016
Why did the #ChickenTrump cross the road? To distance himself from his old positions.
— Trump Buster 2000 (@Trump2017No) May 28, 2016
#ChickenTrump are those tiny hands the fragments of wings left behind?
— Righteous Tweets (@KurtisLewis5) May 28, 2016
He won't debate Bernie but thinks he can take on Hillary. You couldn't make this shit up for a political TV drama. #ChickenTrump
— Maggie H (@MaggieH25) May 28, 2016
It's no coincidence that Donald's skin is the same color as buffalo wing sauce. #ChickenTrump
— Mark Schenkel (@SchenkelTown) May 28, 2016
🎶Brave Sir Donald ran away
He bravely ran away, away!
When danger reared its ugly head,
He bravely turned his tail and fled🎶#ChickenTrump
— Angry Bernie Sanders (@AngrySenSanders) May 28, 2016
— Patriot Lemonade (@PatriotLemonade) May 27, 2016
Those are just a few, but there are many more.
This is the sort of stuff that baffles me about Trump supporters. They really do believe that he’s a “tell it like it is, macho” individual when he’s one of the most thin-skinned cowards we’ve seen run for president in most of our lifetimes. While this debate was never confirmed or even officially scheduled, this will be the third debate he’s backed out of in just a few months.
I’m sure Donald Trump and his supporters will spin this in some way, but the bottom line is, someone called his bluff and when it was time to “man-up” and face a challenge he issued – he ran away like the coward we all know that he is.