Social media went wild following Bernie Sanders’ response to Donald Trump’s statement last night on Jimmy Kimmel that he would “love to” debate Bernie for charity. Bernie Responded “game on” on Twitter.
Game on. I look forward to debating Donald Trump in California before the June 7 primary.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 26, 2016
But since Bernie’s tweet, Trump has yet to confirm the debate will actually take place. Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver said he was worried Trump would “chicken out” of the debate.
“We are ready to debate Donald Trump. We hope he will not chicken out. I think it will be great for America to see these two candidates and the different visions they have for America going forward. What we’ll have to see is does Donald Trump have the courage to get on the stage with Bernie Sanders. That remains to be seen.”
It appears Weaver’s fears may be coming true. Sources told CBS news that Trump’s statement about debating Bernie “was a joke” and that it would “never happen”. The chief White House correspondent for CBS tweeted the clarification from “Trump sources”.
— Major Garrett (@MajorCBS) May 26, 2016
If CBS News sources turn out to be correct, it will be a big disappointment to many following the Democratic and Republican primaries. UC-Berkeley professor Robert Reich said a debate between the two anti-establishment candidates in this primary would be good for the country.
“I don’t know if it will actually happen, but a debate between the two anti-establishment candidates who have captured the imagination of America this year, neither of whom has ever belonged to one of the major parties, and who are staging revolts against politics as usual – on one side, the authoritarian populist Trump, and on the other the progressive populist Bernie – would be good for the nation. It would highlight the anti-establishment fury that’s gripped America, and the reasons for it – crony capitalism and an economy rigged by the moneyed interests. And it would put the two parties (and Hillary Clinton) on even clearer notice that they must respond to this fury.”
He continued, “It would also let America see how effective Bernie can be nailing Trump to the wall for his bigotry, hatefulness, and xenophobia.”