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Trump counter programmed the Republican debate — even though he didn’t need to

Trump counter programmed the Republican debate — even though he didn’t need to

Former President Donald Trump, the GOP frontrunner, turned down the chance to take on his opponents face-to-face for a one-on-one with Carlson. | Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty Images

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Former President Donald Trump tried to upstage his lower-polling opponents in a roughly 45-minute interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday evening as they attempted to chip away his commanding lead of the 2024 presidential race. Trump turned down the chance to take on his opponents face-to-face for a one-on-one with Carlson. Their chosen medium was X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, where Carlson has more than 9 million followers. “Do I sit there for an hour or two hours or whatever it’s going to be and get harassed by people that shouldn’t even be running for president? Should I be doing that?” Trump said of the Fox debate. “And a network that isn’t particularly friendly to me.”