Donald Trump’s very fragile ego just couldn’t bear the critical questioning of his platform by Megyn Kelly tonight. And instead of taking it like a man, much less like a president, he went on a Twitter tirade against her, including calling her a “bimbo” again.
I am no fan of Kelly nor her guest Chris Stirewalt. But there was absolutely nothing wrong or unfair or even especially biased against Trump. But Trump apparently thinks he's entitled to the slobbering coverage he usually gets on Fox. Heck, it’s not like anybody brought up that Hawaii birther investigation he claimed to be conducting (and never revealed the results of). No, Kelly and Stirewalt very substantively discussed Trump’s immigration plan from the standpoint of rival Jeb Bush's criticisms of it.
For example, Kelly said about Jeb Bush in her introduction, which was obviously pre-scripted, "The gloves come off the in the race for the White House as a leading Republican contender attacks Donald Trump, the frontrunner, calling his immigration proposals 'unrealistic' and 'not conservative.'" We saw a clip of Bush attacking Trump.
Following that, Kelly discussed the plan with Stirewalt who accurately described Trump's evasive answers on particulars about how he'll work his plan. "He's banking on the fact that his supporters are so loyal to him, the core of supporters that he has, are so loyal to him that it doesn't really matter what he says," Stirewalt said, "...'cause they think Trump's gonna do it for them when he gets in there."
"Well, is that true, though?" Kelly asked. She cited a conservative organization that said his plan would take 20 years and cost between $420 billion and $620 billion" and that it would reduce the economy by 5.7%.
Kelly went on to cite a new poll that showed "Trump's got a problem with the Hispanic voters," as she put it. She asked the very legitimate question as to how that will affect Republicans in the general election since the other candidates seem to be moving toward Trump's anti-immigrant stance. "We saw Mitt Romney try something like this. It didn't work out too well for him," Kelly said. Stirewalt said the candidates could get "marooned" there.
But this was too much for Mr. Stand Up For America. In his temper tantrum, he retweeted the following personal attacks: “The bimbo back in town. I hope not for long.” And “She has come back looking like Nancy Grace.”
Watch what set off Trump’s childish vindictiveness, below, from the August 24 The Kelly File Show. Share your thoughts as to whether Fox will stand up for Kelly now or continue to throw her under the bus.
(H/T NewsHound Richard)
On cue, as I predicted Frank Luntz shows up on GOP TV’s “Hannity” to do a mea culpa on The Donald. Frankie has a bad case of the sads he got it wrong about The Donald but to make it up to loyal Fox News fanboys he tells the droolers Trump got the first 100% on the Frank-O-Meter measuring audience support (though on vets, not Megyn).
So when to I get my prize, a Kewpie doll with a fat Bill O’Reilly head? Now if I can only predict the stock market. ;^)
NOTE TO MASSES
Buy popcorn this week. The Foxies launch war with Trumpster.
With regards as to whether FOX “news” will stand up for Kelly or let her lay under Trump’s clown car, from what I saw on F&F this morning, they didn’t mention Trump’s tweets attacking Kelly in the 1st or 3rd hour of their show. However, in the 2nd hour, Kilmeade most certainly did. It didn’t look to be scripted nor were there any graphics showing Trump’s tweets (like FOX “news” often uses when they are discussing particular tweets).
Kilmeade strongly objected to Trump’s tweets against Kelly by saying, “And I’ll tell you one thing, Donald Trump did something totally out of control yesterday. He started tweeting against Megyn Kelly totally unwarranted, professionally and personally. You cannot, you should not be going after her and that actually bothers me personally. We’re all still friends with Donald Trump but he’ is totally out of bounds reigniting that fight. I don’t know if he expects to get ratings out of that or poll numbers but he’s not going to be successful.”
During Kilmeade’s rant, Elisabeth seemed to be agreeing with him and chiming in with “he did” and something else that I couldn’t make out. She could have/should have been stronger in her apparent agreement with Kilmeade but at least she wasn’t pulling a Douchey who simply checked out during Kilmead’s statement.
When Kilmeade started in on Trump, Douchey looked away from Kilmeade and started reading his notes for the next segment. His face showed that he was clearly uncomfortable with what Kilmeade was saying about their pal, Trump. So I’ll give Kilmeade a big thumbs up for calling Trump out while Elisabeth gets a “meh” and that coward, Douchey, gets a yoooge raspberry for not even attempting to stick up for his colleague, Kelly.
Btw, Trump also went after Jeb Bush on the Twitter last night. Bush went to the border yesterday, criticized Trump’s immigration plan and also gave a statement in Spainish. Trump’s tweet called Bush “crazy” and said “who cares that he speaks Mexican, this is America, English!!”
“Speaks Mexican”. OMG and LOL! While F&F showed a bit of Jeb’s statement and some of Trump’s rebuttal on BOR’s show last night, not a thing was said to the viewers about Trump’s embarrassingly stupid Bush tweet.
For someone with an ‘aw shucks, country boy’ demeanor on camera and a less than impressive educational background, he kinda grows on you.
He’s very good at separating himself from other Fox News talking heads by making observations few others are. And most — not all — of the time he’s not nearly as mean-spirited as his FNC colleagues.
In recent months I’ve added him to my trifecta of some of the most insightful political commentators.
Liberal or Democrat: Gloria Borger (CNN)
Establishment Republican: Ana Navarro (CNN)
Conservative Republican: Chris Stirewalt (FNC)
JMHO. Your mileage may vary.