Donald Trump quits Fox debate over Megyn Kelly

Trump-NHOn Tuesday, Fox News announced that GOP front-runner Donald Trump decided to throw in the towel on Thursday’s debate, citing an ongoing feud over moderator Megyn Kelly.

“Probably, I won’t be doing the debate,” he told reporters in Iowa after receiving an endorsement from Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. “I’m going to have something else in Iowa, do something where we raise money for the veterans and the wounded warriors.”

According to Politico, Fox issued the following statement, indicating that the Trump campaign threatened Kelly:


Trump demanded that Kelly not moderate the debate.  Fox News declined to capitulate.

Newsmax said Trump made the decision after the network mocked him:

“I didn’t like the fact they sent out press releases toying, talking about Putin and playing games,” he said. “I don’t know what games Roger Ailes [Fox’s chairman and CEO] is playing, but what’s wrong over there, something’s wrong.

“But when they sent out that press release talking about, ‘I said why are these people playing games?’ Most likely I won’t be doing the debate.”

He said that Fox “can’t toy with me right they toy with everybody else. Let them have their debate and see how they do with the ratings.”

Trump called on Fox to donate earnings from the debate to veterans’ organizations. “They’re going to make a fortune with the debate. Let’s see how many people watch.”

As a result, Twitchy said, Megyn Kelly began trending on Twitter.

Art of the deal?  Hardly, said Newsbusters:

Here’s a plan:

Who knows, it just might work…


Hands down.


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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