During the Republican National Committee conference call meeting on Thursday afternoon, Trump threatened to pull out of the upcoming GOP debate on Oct. 28 if his demands were not met.
The conference call, which included top advisors to the presidential campaigns, spiraled into chaos when the threat was made.
Three sources that were present for the meeting told POLITICO that Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager, said that if there are no opening and closing statements, and if the debate lasts more than two hours (including the commercial breaks), Trump will “have to reconsider his participation.”
This news comes shortly after WUSA9 captured footage of a Trump supporter shoving and spitting on a Hispanic student shouting, “Go back to where you came from!” during his most recent political rally. With the increasing criticism of his fans and the rising number of protests interrupting his rallies, it's no wonder it is easy for him to threaten to exit the debate.
Would his withdrawal from the debate really be so bad? Would it be reasonable to think that the next GOP debate would be much less of a joke if Trump, who is regularly mocked by media outlets and internet users, was not present?
POLITICO reached out to Trump’s spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, as well as his campaign manager, but have not received any statement on the matter.
Banner credit: gageskidmore/Flickr