Even the harshest critics of Donald J. Trump will acknowledge his greatest asset is his show of strength in the face of the enemy. It matters not that the show of strength is real or just bluster; the perception is the reality with the Trump followers. Trump promises to get in the face of the enemy and make them squirm by the sheer force of his personality. In other words, Trump has no fear and that is what America hungers for in a president, so goes the Trump narrative. It mattered not to Trump if the enemy were the Mexicans, the Chinese, the Muslims, ISIS or even Russian leader Vladimir Putin. But the latest Donald Trump decision not to face the enemy in the form of “Public Enemy Number One,” Fox News, and more specifically, Megyn Kelly, is a “yuge mistake.” Politico reports on Wednesday “Donald Trump quits debate to stay center stage.”
But the “center stage” that Trump is seeking may not be what he thinks. It is a “trap” set by Fox News head Roger Ailes. Mike Allen of Politico said in the “Politico Playbook” on this Wednesday morning: “Americans don’t like someone who backs away from a fight. Trump’s biggest vulnerability is whether he has the TEMPERAMENT to be president.”
Mike Allen added, “And you KNOW Roger Ailes will rub it in by placing an empty podium at center stage. This is a stunt you’d pull if you were desperate – not when you’re dominant.” The “trap” for Trump set by Ailes is the insulting press release that read in part, “We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president – a nefarious source tells us that Trump has his own secret plan to replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings.”
The Twitter reference is a tweet Trump sent to his followers, polling them to see if he should participate in the Fox News debate. Trump posted a poll on Twitter Tuesday afternoon asking, “Should I do the #GOPdebate?” with the ability to click Yes or No.
The following is what set Trump off last August during a Fox News debate of Republican candidates. Trump has yet to get over it. Megyn Kelly’s long question to Trump:
“Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don’t use a politician’s filter. However, that is not without its downsides, in particular, when it comes to women. You’ve called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ ‘slobs’ and ‘disgusting animals.’…
Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees.
Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who was likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?”
Since that time, Trump has viciously attacked Kelly at every turn. Kelly has clearly gotten under Trump’s skin, calling into question Trump’s temperament for the White House. It appears that the dynamic trios of Roger Ailes, Fox News and Megyn Kelly have brought Trump to his knees, something that more than a dozen Republican candidates for President have been unable to accomplish.