Monday during a speech in Georgia, Republican Presidential Frontrunner Donald Trump once again announced a game changing concept… Charging the network CNN $5 million for an appearance during the GOP primary debate.
While the undercard candidates would kill to be on the main stage of such an event, the Donald sees the opportunity in a whole different light… One in which he sees himself in the position where he can simply take it or leave it.
While the mainstream media will likely pick up this story and attempt to spin it as a super rich man trying to line his pockets, there is a huge caveat… Trump doesnt want the $5 million for himself, he wants CNN to donate that amount to a veterans organization such as the Wounded Warriors Project.
Critical error or brilliant strategy? You be the judge.
Looking ahead to the next Republican debate, to be hosted by the network on December 15, Trump said: How about we do this with CNN? I wont do the debate unless they pay me $5 million and the money goes to wounded warriors or vets.
Trump justified his price tag by saying that he has been a big ratings draw for those networks that have hosted the Republican primary debates.
The GOP hopeful has said in the past he wants networks to donate advertising profits to help military-related charities. However, at other times in his speech, he seemed more skeptical of the idea, telling the crowd of approximately 5,000 that the move would only be spun by his opponents.
So what will happen is theyll say, Oh, Trump is chicken, he said.
Trump flew to Georgia after meeting with dozens of black pastors in his Manhattan offices, and he said that the meeting went very well.
It was a really terrific day, he said.
Trumps rally Monday evening featured the endorsement of black Georgia Republican Bruce LeVell, who has served as GOP chairman of Gwinett, a suburban Atlanta county. Herman Cain, a black business executive and radio host who ran for president in 2012, was among those introducing Trump.
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