Donald Trump has been accused of contemplating not attending the primary Republican major debate as a result of he’s supposedly petrified of former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has vowed to come back after Mr Trump.
Matt Lewis appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe after writing a Daily Beast column entitled Showing Up to the GOP Debate Would Be the Ultimate Trump Flex.
“I’m curious to see if Donald Trump is afraid of Chris Christie, so afraid of Chris Christie that he doesn’t show up, that he uses excuses such as, ‘I’m not going to sign the pledge, the RNC pledge,’ or whether Donald Trump is just an egomaniac who craves attention, who loves attention, and who now feels that he has a bigger chip on his shoulder, has to unburden himself and play the victim again that he shows up in Milwaukee,” he mentioned, in accordance with Mediaite. “And I think I’m leaning toward the latter. He may not fully appreciate the danger that Chris Christie specifically poses.”
To participate within the debate, candidates need to pledge to help the eventual nominee, one thing a number of candidates, together with Mr Trump and Mr Christie, have appeared sceptical of.
“I think the biggest flex would be to turn himself in, to surrender himself and then go to the debate,” Mr Lewis mentioned, referring to Mr Trump’s latest indictment in Georgia. “I think Donald Trump shows ‘I can walk and chew gum at the same time’. And so I think if you add that in and just his compulsive need for attention, I think he shows.”
Host Joe Scarborough responded that he was “going to take the other side of it. I do think he’s scared of Chris Christie. He saw what Chris Christie did to Marco Rubio when Chris Christie went into a debate with one thing in mind. He knows Chris Christie put Jared Kushner’s father in jail for a very long time”.
“He knows he’s a prosecutor who’s ruthless and knows how to push his case. And he also knows that his secret sauce in 2016 was being the disrupter,” he added. “Shaking Hillary Clinton up on the debate stage, shaking the Marcos and everybody else up on the debate stage. That gig that’s like eight years old, right?”
“That’s Elvis in ’77 now. And I think Chris Christie’s got his number and he knows Donald Trump … obviously, his political gut instinct is second to none – he sees it coming,” Mr Scarborough mentioned in regards to the former president. “I think he’s scared to death of Chris Christie and will not have the guts or the nerve to go on stage with Chris Christie anywhere.”
Jonathan Lemire, the host of MSNBC’s Way Too Early, cited a supply in Trumpworld who mentioned that an argument for Mr Trump to not attend could be that Mr Christie would then probably set “his sights on Ron DeSantis and maybe finishes him off there”.
Mr Lemire additionally famous that Mr Christie hasn’t certified for the second GOP debate, maybe permitting Mr Trump to participate with out having to battle with the previous governor.