GOP presidential hopeful and real estate magnate Donald Trump has stated many times that he believes he is the reason for the record setting viewership numbers of the debates. On a fledging network like CNN, those numbers make a major difference to their bottomline. Given the large draw of the GOP debates, the network can charge advertisers a lot of money to reach their audience during that timeframe.
Billionaire Trump doesn’t think it is right for the networks to make such extravagant amounts of money off of the debates and has stated before that they should donate the money made from advertisements during the GOP debates. Of course, any network, especially one that usually struggles with ratings like CNN, would be unlikely to do so and instead welcome the increased revenue. Now, Donald Trump has an idea that, if he truly does demand it, could not only impact CNN’s revenue draw, it could also result in a hefty donation for a veterans organization.
While at a rally with 5,000 supporters in Georgia, Trump continued his braggadocious message that he is the ratings draw for networks in the debate. Based upon that belief, he reportedly floated the idea that CNN should pay him $5 million to appear on the debate, which will take place on December 15 in Las Vegas.
Trump says that he would donate the money to programs that help veterans, though he didn’t specify any particular programs. He did not give any indication whether he would refuse to appear if he did indeed attempt to make that deal with CNN and they refused.
Do you think CNN should pay Donald Trump $5 million to appear at the December 15 GOP debate?