Trump Backs Out of Moderating Dec. 27 GOP Debate

Breaking news from Reuters via Twitter: “Donald Trump says he won’t moderate Dec. 27 GOP presidential debate.”  It was actually going to be more of a Lincoln-Douglas debate between Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, since every other GOP candidate had declined to participate.

Fox News has a somewhat ominous quote from Trump explaining why he won’t moderate the debate:

It is very important to me that the right Republican candidate be chosen to defeat the failed and very destructive Obama Administration, but if that Republican, in my opinion, is not the right candidate, I am not willing to give up my right to run as an Independent candidate. 

Therefore, so that there is no conflict of interest within the Republican Party, I have decided not to be the moderator of the Newsmax debate. The American people are embarrassed by the gridlock currently taking place in Washington. I must leave all of my options open because, above all else, we must make America great again!

No word from Newsmax and ION, hosts of debate, on whether they’ll cancel the debate entirely, or use a different moderator.