Last night, while appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump casually agreed to debate underdog Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. Just when you thought the election couldn’t go any more against establishment plans, this happened.
Kimmel brought up the possibility, although it has been floated many times before. Most recently, left-leaning internet media giant The Young Turks tweeted that they had contacted both Trump and Sanders regarding their participation in such a debate, to be hosted by the Young Turks.
As for last night, Trump had this to say about his willingness to debate Sanders:
‘Yes, I am. How much is he going to pay me? If he paid a nice sum toward a charity, I’d love to do that. If I debated him, we would have such high ratings and I think I should take that money and give it to some worthy charity.’
Sanders quickly tweeted, “Game On,” as you can see below:
Game on. I look forward to debating Donald Trump in California before the June 7 primary.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 26, 2016
Such an announcement comes after Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton refused to participate in a debate to be held by FOX News, saying that there would be “no more debates” between her and Sanders before the primary season comes to a close. Clinton asserts that “there is no way” that she will lose the Democratic nomination to Sanders, who remains about 8 percent behind his necessary vote totals.
The numbers, however, tell a different story. If Sanders is able to pull off a dramatic win in California when that state votes on June 7, then he has a good shot at overtaking or coming close to overtaking Clinton in support, all while trying to woo over party officials. His chances in California continue to increase, as he is now statistically tied in the polls with Clinton. On top of that, unaffiliated voters can participate in the state’s Democratic primary, and Sanders basically always wins those voters by huge margins.
As of late, Sanders has even more firmly established himself as the most formidable challenger to Trump in November, maintaining his over 10 percent lead in the polls, while Clinton has fallen to 0.2 percent behind Trump.
Below, you can watch the segment from last night. Trump’s appearance on the show prompted the two musical guests of the evening, The Weeknd and Belly, to cancel their visit.
Featured Image is via Screenshot from the video.