GOP FRONTRUNNER: NETWORK’S “4000 PERCENT” AD RATE INCREASE DUE TO HIS PRESENCE ON STAGE
|| By FITSNEWS || GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump wants CNN to devote the profits from its second “Republican” presidential debate next week to America’s veterans – saying it would be “a truly wonderful thing” for the network to do.
In a letter to CNN president Jeff Zucker, Trump says the network should “not accept the massive profits” the debate will generate. Instead, he’s urging Zucker to devote these “many millions of dollars” to a list of organizations benefiting U.S. veterans.
“The veterans of our country, our finest people, have been treated horribly by our government and its ‘all talk and no action’ politicians,” Trump wrote. “In fact, some would say they are treated like third class citizens – even worse, in many cases, than illegal immigrants. It is about time that someone comes to their aid.”
In his letter, Trump cited a “4000 percent” increase in the network’s ad rates for the debate – which is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EDT next Wednesday, September 16 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California.
“This tremendous increase in viewer interest and advertising is due 100 percent to ‘Donald J. Trump,'” he wrote, adding that “word is that your audience will be even larger.”
It’s hard to argue that point. An estimated 24 million Americans watched the first GOP debate – more than three times the audience for the highest-rated “Republican” debate of the 2012 cycle.
Trump has made the plight of veterans one of the top priorities of his 2016 presidential bid. Of course he also upset some veterans when he criticized the military service of liberal U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona.
Savvy of him to see this as an opportunity to earn some of their support … while at the same time drawing additional attention to the ongoing scandal.
Our view on all this? Veterans deserve to be taken care of … although we would remind our readers that the very best thing we can do to protect veterans’ interests is to create fewer of them. And that starts with pursuing a sensible foreign policy based on the protection of legitimate American interests, not the interests of the American military-industrial complex.