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The West is suffering from a crisis of courage

By Jemima Kelly

24 Aug 2023 · 3 min read

The first Republican primary debate, held in Milwaukee on Wednesday, was an unusual one: it featured no one who currently stands a chance of being the party’s candidate in next year’s presidential elections. The only man who does, Donald Trump, decided it wasn’t worth the hassle.

“I am leading the runner up, whoever that may now be, by more than 50 Points,” the four-times indicted former president wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social, on Friday. “People know my Record, one of the BEST EVER, so why would I Debate?”

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