It’s On: Trump Releases Details About Rival Event To Fox News Debate


This story has been updated.

It looks like it’s really happening: Republican frontrunner Donald Trump announced a Thursday night event at Drake University as counter-programming for the Fox News presidential debate, which he has said he would not attend.

The event was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. local time, the same time Fox’s primetime debate is slated to start, but the start time was moved back to 7 p.m. on Thursday morning.

Because both events are in Des Moines, the move sparked speculation that Trump could still feasibly attend both his own event and the GOP debate.

After the event was announced, Trump took to Twitter to blame his boycott on the “taunting” statement released by the network on Tuesday, which ribbed the billionaire about his threat to skip the debate if he was treated “unfairly.”

Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager, told the Washington Post the campaign has invited “all major networks” to carry the event live.

Trump had earlier said he would host an event in Iowa to raise money for veterans in lieu of attending the debate.