ChickenTrump Movement Gains Steam: By Turning Down Debate, Donald Trump May Have Lost His Chance At Winning Over ‘Bernie Or Bust’ Supporters
As ChickenTrump goes viral on Twitter in response to Donald Trump’s refusal to debate Bernie Sanders, the presumptive GOP nominee may have just blown the chance he had of pulling in the “Bernie or Bust” crowd who had vowed never to vote for Hillary Clinton.
The ChickenTrump hashtag grew almost immediately in response to Trump’s statement that he would not be debating, an idea he had publicly toyed with in the last few days. The idea arose after frontrunner Hillary Clinton turned down the Sanders camp’s request for a final debate before the California primary, one she had agreed to earlier in the campaign.
Spurred by the refusal by Hillary Clinton, many Sanders supporters latched onto the hope that a debate against the Republican nominee would allow Sanders to show his potential strength in the general election. That has been a major argument for the Vermont Senator as he tries to woo the superdelegates who would be able to put him over the top and potentially steal the nomination from Hillary Clinton, and to them the event would have been a key part of that strategy.