Former President and 2024 GOP frontrunner Donald Trump may not have been on the debate stage Wednesday night in Simi Valley, California for the second GOP debate —but he sure did come up a lot.
The Don, who is up by more than 50 points in some polls, reacted to the jabs and barbs thrown his way from fellow GOP contenders; he says it was “much more important” from him to work to “save” autoworkers Wednesday night.
Trump skipped the debate to speak to autoworkers in Clinton Township, Michigan.
“I thought it was much more important, considering I have a 56-point lead, for me to be dealing with the UAW and the fact that the Biden Administration is going to destroy their jobs over the next two years by going all-electric vehicle,” Trump told Fox News Digital in an exclusive interview Wednesday night.
“The crowd was incredible—unreal,” he said. “I think we have great support to save the autoworker.”
Trump didn’t address every shot his opponents made at his expense —but he did respond to former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s “Donald Duck” line.
“Donald, I know you’re watching. You can’t help yourself,” Christie said. “You’re ducking these things. And let me tell you what’s going to happen. You keep doing that, no one here’s going to call you Donald Trump anymore.”
Christie added: “We’re going to call you Donald Duck.”
Watch the clip above.
“Anybody that would come up with that nickname shouldn’t be running for president,” he told Fox News Digital.
“The most recent Fox News poll shows 60% of Republican primary voters supporting Trump for the GOP nomination — that’s up from 53% in the last survey in August.,” Fox News reports.
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