Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump delighted his audience at a recent rally with a hilarious proposition for CNN, joking that he’s tempted to charge the network an appearance fee in the next GOP primary debate.
Trump spoke to about 5,000 backers Monday at a rally in Georgia, telling how he’s been a ratings boon for networks hosting the presidential forums.
He suggested he would demand that CNN pay $5 million for him to appear in the next debate, scheduled for Dec. 15 in Las Vegas. Trump said he’d give the money to programs that help veterans.
“So what will happen is they’ll say, ‘Oh, Trump is chicken,'” he said, thrilling his audience with his well-practiced diatribe against political reporters and “talking heads.”
Trump flew to Georgia after meeting with dozens of black pastors in his Manhattan offices, and the candidate told his audience that the meeting in New York was “inspiring.”
“It was really terrific day,” he said.
Trump is trying to bolster his support among non-whites, a growing electoral force that helped propel President Barack Obama’s two victories.
Trump’s rally Monday evening featured the endorsement of black Georgia Republican Bruce LeVell, who has served as GOP chairman in the suburban Atlanta county of Gwinett. Herman Cain, a black radio host who ran for president in 2012, was among those introducing Trump.
As he often does at rallies, Trump boasted of his standing atop many GOP presidential preference polls. And he pledged to build a wide coalition among Hispanic voters, but then promised would not back down on his stance on illegal immigrants entering the country.
“Our borders are like sieves,” he said. “People are just pouring in.”
He promised, again, that “we’re gonna build a wall” and “Mexico is gonna pay for it.”
At another point, he boomed: “If you don’t have borders, you don’t have a country. I’m sorry. … We’ve gotta get our country back, folks.”
The Associated Press contributed to this article