The Republican Presidential Primary debates are happening without Donald Trump.
That’s created a massive void in the once must-see debates when they had the former President.
And Donald Trump dropped one fact about the GOP debate that the establishment will hate.
The third Republican Presidential Primary debate was held in Miami, Florida last week.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie squared off in the NBC News-hosted debate.
The frontrunner for the GOP nomination, former President Donald Trump, once again skipped the debate to hold a rally in nearby Hialeah, Florida.
Trump skipped the first two GOP debates and countered them with an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson and a rally with striking autoworkers in Detroit.
For many conservatives, the debates have lost their sizzle without Trump taking part.
The former President called the third GOP Primary debate “not watchable” during his rally.
“I think they’re at a debate tonight,” Trump told the crowd. “Nobody’s talking about it.”
“I was watching these guys. They’re not watchable,” Trump said. “You know, the last debate was the lowest-rated debate in the history of politics. So, therefore, do you think we did the right thing by not participating? Somebody said, one of the dumber ones, ‘He doesn’t have the courage to stand up.’ Well, listen, I’m standing in front of tens of thousands of people right now, and it’s on television. That’s a hell of a lot harder to do than debate. That’s a hell of a lot harder.”
Trump has a huge lead over his closest challenger, DeSantis, of over 40 points in the RealClearPolitics polling average.
Despite goading from his GOP rivals it doesn’t appear that the former President is planning on taking the debate stage this Primary.
Trump has cited his commanding lead in the polls and giving oxygen to his no-hope competitors for skipping the debates.
“Why would I allow people at 1 or 2% and 0% to be hitting me with questions all night?” Trump told Brett Baier during a Fox News interview.
The ratings for the third debate were the lowest yet during the primary, confirming the former President’s assertion.
Trump used his rally to take a swipe at Haley who he labeled a “birdbrain” and ridiculed her for running for President after she said she wouldn’t run against him.
He also slammed Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) whose neck he called an “engineering marvel.”
The GOP Primary debates are losing relevance without the presence of Donald Trump.