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Never mind, Donald Trump doesn't want to debate Bernie Sanders after all

Libby Nelson is Vox's policy editor, leading coverage of how government action and inaction shape American life. Libby has more than a decade of policy journalism experience, including at Inside Higher Ed and Politico. She joined Vox in 2014.

It always seemed too good to be true. Now Donald Trump says that, actually, despite what he said on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night, he doesn't want to debate Bernie Sanders after all:

In a statement that was remarkably insult-dense even for the presumptive Republican nominee, Trump managed to insult Sanders (debating him would be "an easy payday"), Hillary Clinton ("crooked"), Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz ("the Democratic nomination process is totally rigged"), and the TV networks ("would make a killing on this event").

Sanders, on the other hand, seemed more than up for the debate, even urging his supporters to sign up if they wanted to watch:

Unfortunately for Sanders and his supporters, Trump now says he'll wait to debate the Democratic nominee.


The map we see every presidential election is pretty much useless