Fox is Told to Stay Open to a Trump First GOP Debate

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If you remember, 2024 presidential candidate Donald Trump has said he will not be attending the first GOP debate. But as his former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway says, Fox should keep the “center podium warm” for him.

According to Conway, it will be hard for Trump, a man who loves to mix it up with his opponents and be confrontational, to turn down such an opportunity.

As she told Fox News during an interview on Monday, “If I were you, I would keep that center podium warm because maybe he’ll make the announcement the day of. You just never know.”

Indeed, Trump is known to be a bit unpredictable. And he likes to keep people on their toes.

As Conway explains, it fully makes sense why Trump wouldn’t want to attend. For starters, he’s a definite frontrunner, some 40 percentage points ahead of his closest GOP rival, according to most recent polling.

So what does he have to “gain by going?” Conway says.

Then again, “That’s a natural habitat for him.”

Besides, it’s not like the debate would be a bad thing for him. At least it wasn’t in 2015. At the time, he more than proved himself as the leader and “never lost it,” eventually becoming both the nominee and the president.

For Conway, she hopes he does go, if for no other reason than to see him succeed.

According to Fox, who is hosting the first GOP debate in Milwaukee on August 23, Trump, as well as Florida’s Ron DeSantis, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Chris Christie have all qualified to enter the debate so far.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see who actually shows up.