On Monday, Donald Trump took time out of his busy schedule describing television broadcasts only he can see to focus on a new challenge: Extorting CNN to the tune of $5 million.

Trump workshopped his demand during a speech in Macon, GA, trying out a few different angles before shoving the nation’s wounded veterans into his publicity clown car:

“How about I tell CNN, who doesn’t treat me properly ... I’m not gonna do the next debate, okay?” The demand garnered tepid applause from the crowd.

Trump zeroed in more on his idea: “I won’t do the debate unless they pay me $5 million, all of which goes to Wounded Warriors or goes to vets.”

Later, he seemed to ask the audience to cosign his request, explaining—with no apparent irony—that without their support, he’s worried his opponents will call him a chicken.

“You have to tell me because I know what they’re going to say,” Trump said. “‘Trump is a chicken’ … One thing I’m not is chicken, OK?”

Rude—to chickens.

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