How Don­ald Trump pulled the plug on the fourth debate — just hours after the third

How Donald Trump pulled the plug on the fourth debate — just hours after the third

For­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump announced his deci­sion not to attend the fourth Repub­li­can debate mere min­utes after the end of the third, which he derid­ed as “bor­ing” while speak­ing at a ral­ly held at the same time as the event.
Trump cam­paign spokesman Chris LaCivi­ta told CBS News that the for­mer pres­i­dent would not be attend­ing next mon­th’s debate in Tuscaloosa, Alaba­ma. The announce­ment, while made ear­li­er than many would have pre­dict­ed, was not alto­geth­er unex­pect­ed, as Trump repeat­ed­ly panned the debate at his ral­ly in Hialeah, Flori­da.
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For­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump wraps up a cam­paign ral­ly in Hialeah, Fla., Wednes­day, Nov. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Lynne Slad­ky)
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“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?”
He was met with affir­ma­tive cheers fr …