Former President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has called on the Republican National Committee (RNC) to cancel all remaining 2024 presidential primary debates and to support Trump in the primary race. This statement came after the second GOP primary debate on Wednesday night, which Trump did not attend.
Trump’s campaign manager, Chris LaCivita, characterized the debate as “boring and inconsequential” and stated that nothing said during the debate would change the dynamics of the primary contest, which he believes is dominated by President Trump. LaCivita urged the RNC to end further primary debates and focus on efforts to defeat President Joe Biden in the upcoming election.
Instead of attending the debate, Trump delivered a speech at Drake Enterprises, a parts supplier in Clinton Township, Michigan, where United Auto Workers were striking against major American automotive manufacturers. During his speech, Trump criticized Biden’s push for electric vehicle sales and the impact of the Biden administration’s green energy agenda on the auto industry and blue-collar workers. He also accused Biden of visiting Michigan for a photo opportunity at the picket line only after Trump had announced his own visit to speak with striking auto workers.