The Republican Presidential debate tonight at 9 p.m. on Fox News will be without the front runner Donald Trump as his continued feud with the news network and journalist, Megyn Kelly continues. Thursday, Donald Trump took to twitter, once again, to voice his opinion on how the debate will fair without him. Trump posted, “The “debate” tonight will be a total disaster – low ratings with advertisers and advertising rates dropping like a rock. I hate to see this.” Of course, Trump really can’t hate to see this as it is his lack of participation that is causing the lack of interest in Thursday’s night debate. Other political moderators and commentaries are varied on how Trump’s conduct will affect his campaign.
Bill O’Reilly has weighed in by basically begging Trump to attend tonight’s debate. O’Reilly on his own news program the O’Reilly Factor, replied to Trump, “You have in this debate format the upper hand – you have sixty seconds off the top to tell the moderator, ‘You’re a pinhead, you’re off the mark and here’s what I want to say, and by walking away from it, you lose the opportunity to persuade people you are a strong leader.” Not matter how much pleading Trump will not appear or even consider the question seriously. Steve Deace, the conservative Iowa radio host who is backing Ted Cruz, said that Trump’s taking on of Fox News is right in step with how his conservative supporters feel about Fox News. “Most of my audience has a bipolar feeling about Fox News,” Deace said of Fox. Continuing he said, “They view it as the most reliable place to go for news coverage, but they have grown increasingly untrusting of it when it comes to analysis.” He went on to say that “Trump’s supporters are ultimately “desperate people” who “will latch onto megalomaniacs who claim to have all the answers.”
What do Trump supporters think of Trump’s stand against Fox and notably Megyn Kelly? They support Trump’s decision and they do believe that Trump has been slighted by Fox News. Trump has said he has the most loyal supporters and it that he is most likely correct in that assumption. They are those who say that taking on the usually conservative news agency Fox would be political suicide. Not so for Trump. Rush Limbaugh, the talk radio darling of the conservative set, praised Trump’s decision and accused Fox News of “acting as if they had been jilted at the altar.”
Conservative pundit, William Bennett said in a statement of Trump, “”Of course Donald Trump can be a difficult character; he needles and provokes. But that does not give Fox News, or any network for that matter, leave to depart from its necessary posture of impartiality or, if you will, being ‘fair and balanced.’ Which leads us all back to Thursday night Republican debate without the Republican front runner. Now the question has to be if any of the other candidates will pick up any steam without their biggest challenger sharing the stage with them. Could make it an interesting evening.