Trump says he wants to debate politicians and leading editors in a 'ratings bonanza' TV special on election fraud

By Cheryl Teh

Former President Donald Trump on Sunday threw down a challenge to top politicians and news editors to debate him in a TV special on voter fraud. 

In a statement released on Twitter via his spokeswoman, Liz Harrington, Trump wrote: "If anyone would like a public debate on the facts, not the fiction, please let me know. It will be a ratings bonanza for television!" 

While Trump did not name who, specifically, he would like to debate, he mentioned in the statement that he would be down to "challenge" the leaders of news organizations or "far left politicians, who have perpetuated the Real Big Lie." 

"This includes members of the highly partisan Unselect Committee of Democrats who refuse to delve into what caused the January 6th protest — it was the Fake Election results!" Trump wrote.

There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, and the Trump camp's lawsuits alleging voter fraud in states including Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and Pennsylvania have failed.

However, Trump continues to cast doubt on election integrity. On October 15, Trump called for a vote recount in Pima County, Arizona's second-most populous county after Maricopa County.

The former president also continued to claim the Cyber Ninjas' vote recount in Maricopa County uncovered "undeniable evidence" of fraud, despite the Republican-driven audit confirming that President Joe Biden beat Trump by 261 more votes than were initially counted.

Most recently, Trump pushed the same baseless voter-fraud claims during a close to 40-minute long interview with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, where he expressed approval of the latter's plan to melt down Dominion voting machines and turn them into prison bars