How did this GOP debate turn into an event that is more about Megyn Kelly than it is the candidates running for president? Donald Trump has cemented his decision not to stand at a podium and give Megyn Kelly another chance to condemn him rather than ask questions. Trump has pulled out of the last GOP debate after Fox News seemed to pin more emphasis on the moderator, rather than the candidates.
“Fox and Friends” live on Wednesday morning, January 27 has asked numerous guests if Trump is hurting his campaign by pulling out of the debate, which is moderated by Fox celebrities and televised on Fox. They didn’t asked anyone what Trump pulling out of the debate will do for the ratings of the debate on Fox.
Presidential debates at this stage of the game are not traditionally “must see TV,” that was the case until Trump came along. Yes, he is entertaining, but through all that pizzazz, the man demonstrates a strength not seen in the other candidates. His anger is pointed at all the things lacking in this country and the injustices that have gone on too long. It is his ideas that keep the people tuning in, but his flamboyant delivery is also an enticing factor.
The last time Kelly moderated the GOP debate she took the opportunity to seemingly bash Trump under the umbrella of asking questions of a candidate. It was atrocious and many of the folks who watched the debate, Trump supporters or not, were stunned to see the “fair and balanced logo” go out the window.
Trump hasn’t forgotten this, as Yahoo News reports today, “Trump has raged against Kelly and her coverage of his campaign since that debate.” Yahoo also suggests that the “Fox host played a key role in Trump’s big Tuesday announcement that he would not be attending this Thursday’s Fox-hosted debate.”
In the last debate it looked as if Kelly had her own agenda and finding out who would make a better candidate for president among the people on stage didn’t seem to be part of that agenda. She appeared to be in an attack mode as her mood and even her facial expression changed when it came time for her to address Trump.
Her questions were more in the form of accusations and the coy look she had on her face while spewing her words Trump’s way was the same type of look someone might have after a successful taste of revenge. It felt as if Fox and Megyn Kelly set Donald Trump up to be a sitting duck for the barrage of insults.
According to Extra, Kelly thinks it’s a bad idea for Trump to miss this debate. Kelly said, “It would probably be a bad decision to not show up at the FOX News debate.” She went on, “I think this is the last chance they have before voting begins and he’s still within two points of Ted Cruz. It’s a tight race out there, but obviously it’s up to Mr. Trump whether he’s there or not there the show will go on.”
Kelly has made her cocky remarks on air that she will be there even if Mr. Trump won’t. You can almost see those wheels turning in her head as she talks. Is she trying to play the role of the woman who takes Trump down by standing in the way of his appearance in this debate? You can’t help but notice she is enjoying this debacle, but what is even more of a disgrace is that Fox is letting her do this.
Instead of setting up a panel of moderators so that the debate will be, well a debate, it is almost like they are afraid to remove Kelly for the greater good. People want to tune in and hear the issues tonight, they don’t want a second round of Kelly’s accusations at Trump’s expense. Why is this debate all about Meghan Kelly and not the candidates that should appear at their podiums?
So why would Donald Trump want to repeat the scenario from the first GOP debate? He doesn’t and neither do the voters. Some are saying he is afraid of Megyn Kelly, while his supporters know that it is not fear driving Trump away from the debate. Trump knows that with Meghan Kelly there, it won’t fall under the form of a debate, it would be more like putting him in the proverbial dunking booth with Megyn Kelly and only Megyn Kelly flinging those balls trying to knock him in. That isn’t what a debate should look like.
So you could say that if Fox were holding a debate, Trump would show up, but he doesn’t want to participate in a three ring circus with Kelly as the ringmaster. If Fox could see the error of their ways and gracefully bow out Kelly, maybe the American voters could go on and hear the issues at stake in America today from all the candidates.
Will Trump not showing up at this event hurt his chances for occupying the White House? Not at all, because his supporters know that if there really was a debate format offered, he’d be there. Instead this last debate will unfold to be all about Meghan Kelly! That is the kind of politics that Trump is steering away from.