Donald Trump declines to debate Bernie Sanders

Posted at 3:52 PM, May 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-27 16:54:38-04

For weeks Donald Trump has built up the suspense of future debates against Bernie Sanders, but that quickly changed Friday when Trump announced he's backing out of the debate.

As recently as  Thursday, he said he would  try to raise $10 million for charity and then move forward with the debate. But something changed.

"Therefore, as much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders, and it would be an easy payday, I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably ... Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be," Trump said Friday.

Trump who was recently named the presumptive Republican nominee, cited several reasons as to why he is backing out of the debate, including that the debate would be against "a second place finisher."

Trump says the Democratic nominee process is "rigged" and that Clinton will be the presumptive nominee, even if Sanders has the numbers. 

TODAY'S TMJ4 reached out to both the Clinton and Sanders campaign for a response, but no one was available.