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Trump Should Skip the Debate

For once in his life, Trump was telling the truth. He has such a stupendous start over Ron DeSantis, Mike Pence, Chris Christie, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott and the rest of the Republican pack that the cosmos would have to split open and smite him to block his nomination. As my colleague Steven Shepard recently wrote, no candidate has ever blown a summer-before-the-convention lead as big as Trump’s. “A Trump collapse would be unprecedented. So, too, would a DeSantis turnaround,” he commented.

A person shouldn’t eat when he’s not hungry, drink when he’s not thirsty or debate when he’s already won. So if Trump has already acquired the nomination and stowed it in a box in his Mar-a-Lago bathroom for reopening on the week of the Republican convention, there’s no reason, outside entertaining his fans, for him to appear on the Milwaukee dais.