Donald Trump blasted Fox host Megyn Kelly recently for an alleged mistake he claims she made, according to a recent article on Newsmax. This latest chapter in the feud between the Republican presidential frontrunner and the controversial news reader occurred on Monday’s edition of “The Kelly File” when Kelly said Trump was leading rival Ted Cruz by 15 points in a Monmouth national poll when he actually leads by 27 points.
The Donald tweeted that “@megynkelly, the most overrated anchor at @FoxNews, worked hard to explain away the new Monmouth poll 41 to 14 or 27 pt lead. She said 15!” The New York City real estate magnate further blasted Kelly’s math in another tweet, saying, “@megynkelly is very bad at math. She was totally unable to figure out the difference between me and Cruz in the new Monmouth Poll 41 to 14.” @realDonald Trump, according to the Conservative Tribune.
Trump further continued his barrage, saying, “I wonder if @megynkelly and her flunkies have written their scripts yet about my debate performance tonight. No matter how well I do–bad!”-@realDonaldTrump.
The most interesting battle in the presidential campaign for 2016 is Megyn Kelly versus Donald Trump beginning with the first debate on Fox in August. Rather than asking objective questions about Trump’s position on important issues, Kelly assaulted him with hostile questions about statements he’d allegedly made in the past about women. Trump reacted by admitting he and Rosie O”Donnell had a contentious disagreement in which strong words were exchanged. Trump came out of the first debate claiming Kelly had unfairly targeted him.
The stage is now set for Round Two of the Kelly-Trump rumble as Fox News announced recently Kelly will again be host of the January 28, 2016. Chris Wallace and Bret Baier will also be there as they were in the first debate. The network’s debate will occur in Des Moines, Iowa only days before voters cast ballots in the state’s caucuses set for February 1, 2016.
Since that first debate in which Trump accused Kelly of being unfair to him, more than 50,000 people have signed a petition to have Kelly booted from all future GOP debates, according to The Gateway Pundit.. That total was reached by the end of August in the aftermath of the first debate. There is no word as to an update as to how many viewers have signed the online petition as of today, Monday, December 28, 2015.
Legendary Fox News boss Roger Ailes made the decision to leave Kelly on the moderating team. Ailes, who orchestrated the Richard Nixon successful “Silent Majority” comeback campaign for president, has reached mythical status among GOP ranks. Born in Warren, Ohio, Ailes was inducted into the Warren High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. He began his television career on The Mike Douglas Show in 1961. He rose quickly as he climbed from property assistant on that show to producer in 1965 and executive producer between 1967 and 1968. It was during the Douglas show that Ailes and Nixon’s paths crossed. Nixon was shrewd enough to recognize talent when he saw it and asked the Ohio native to serve as his media adviser from 1967 through 1968.
Ailes success in bringing back Nixon from his defeat to John F. Kennedy in 1960 to victory in 1968 against Hubert Humphrey caught the attention of the political world. Ronald Reagan asked the communications genius to handle his 1984 campaign against Walter Mondale. Ailes was given a great deal of credit for the Reagan election to the White House.
After continuing his extraordinary success advising George H.W. Bush in his bid for the presidency in 1997 and 1998 through the primaries and against Michael Dukakis. After leaving political consulting in 1992, Ailes was later hired by Rupert Murdoch to create the now famous “Fox News Channel”.
It will be interesting to see if Kelly once again aggressively attacks Trump in this debate. Since the Iowa caucuses are only a few days later, the debate conceivably could affect the outcome of the entire Republican nomination campaign. Ted Cruz and Trump are currently in a dogfight atop the polls in the Hawkeye State, although Trump continues to lead national polls.
The Republican Convention in 2016 will be in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to Doris Kern Goodwin, who appeared on Fox News today. Monday, December 28. Goodwin, a famous biographer, said Abraham Lincoln won the Republican nomination in 1860 after none of the four candidates could win a majority of the delegates on the first ballot. She speculated as to whether history might repeat itself in Charlotte again in 2016.
A lot of questions about the future of his country will be answered as we leave 2015 and head into the New Year. The debate in January on Fox News may answer some of those questions.