Suddenly, Donald Trump doesn’t have a problem with Megyn Kelly and he never did… he’d like you to believe. It has nothing – nothing, I tell you – to do with the fact that quitting the last Fox News debate may have cost him votes in the Iowa caucuses.
From The Washington Post:
“I’ll be there. I have no objection to being there,” said Trump in an interview today with Steve Malzberg of NewsmaxTV. “That had nothing to do with Megyn Kelly, the fact that I went out of the last one. It had to do with a memo that was sent out by Fox that was a little bit taunting.” In any case, Trump expressed no regrets for having skipped out on the Jan. 28 affair, saying that he held an event to benefit veterans that raised $6 million. “So I wouldn’t have changed places.”
And for the sake of history, that Fox News statement that Trump called “taunting”? That came only after Trump had been publicly blasting Kelly and musing aloud about whether he should skip the debate.
So will this latest frame of mind stay with Trump up to and through the March 3 debate? And the bigger question in my mind is whether or not Kelly will pull any punches.
Trump undoubtedly is a huge ratings draw. However, it appears he’s getting sucked into Fox News’ generally accepted (fair and balanced) punditry a big reason he lost in Iowa is because he skipped their debate. While this, on the surface, appears logical it’s a classic case of Fox News putting 2 things onto a graph and assuming they’re related because it fits some self-serving meme.
The better explanation, IMHO, is The Donald broke the cardinal rule in Iowa and didn’t emphasize his ground game enough. Why is my opinion any better? Because the polls continued to break for Trump. If Iowa didn’t subscribe to their idiotic, inbred, and completely outdated caucus system which is designed to dramatically reduce voter participation to the most obsessed partisans, Trump likely would have won. So while Trump’s popularity held to the end, he couldn’t fill the chairs. By the same token, it explains Rubio surprising pundits and besting his poll numbers.
However, based upon the ego masturbation spewing from The Donald’s pie hole post-Iowa, he’s fallen for the Fox bulls—t so this round goes to Roger and Company. 👍
To answer Ellen’s burning question, this leads up to whether or not Megyn will pull any punches. While you might assume not since to the victor go the spoils, the reality is Fox can’t afford to cheese off the Trump fans, a huge percentage of their audience. So, I expect Megyn will ask tough questions but sensitive questions like misogyny will be off topic. Lesson learned. So everyone wins except the voters.