It is a misnomer to think that debates are for the candidates. In some regards they are as it gives candidates exposure. It is ultimately not for even the networks who seek good ratings. Ultimately the debates are intended for the voters. Real estate mogul Donald Trump just decided to bail on the Fox News debate being held in Des Moines, IA on Thursday night. This is the last debate before Iowa Republicans caucus, and Donald Trump stuck his thumb in the eye of those very voters.
The reason he’s missing? Megyn Kelly. Below is the press release the campaign sent… if you can call it that, typically they actually read like a professional wrote it.
As someone who wrote one of the best-selling business books of all time, The Art of the Deal, who has built an incredible company, including some of the most valuable and iconic assets in the world, and as someone who has a personal net worth of many billions of dollars, Mr. Trump knows a bad deal when he sees one. FOX News is making tens of millions of dollars on debates, and setting ratings records (the highest in history), where as in previous years they were low-rated afterthoughts.
Unlike the very stupid, highly incompetent people running our country into the ground, Mr. Trump knows when to walk away. Roger Ailes and FOX News think they can toy with him, but Mr. Trump doesn’t play games. There have already been six debates, and according to all online debate polls including Drudge, Slate, Time Magazine, and many others, Mr. Trump has won all of them, in particular the last one. Whereas he has always been a job creator and not a debater, he nevertheless truly enjoys the debating process – and it has been very good for him, both in polls and popularity.
He will not be participating in the FOX News debate and will instead host an event in Iowa to raise money for the Veterans and Wounded Warriors, who have been treated so horribly by our all talk, no action politicians. Like running for office as an extremely successful person, this takes guts and it is the kind mentality our country needs in order to Make America Great Again.
So he’s hiding behind veterans when he’s really scared to face Megyn Kelly again before the Iowa Caucuses. Yet, yet we are to believe that he can take on Hillary Clinton in a debate? We are also to believe that he will be able to take on Vladmir Putin when he can’t handle tough questions from Megyn Kelly?
Then he cites online debate polls as proof that he won? Seriously? Online polls? Those are an *excellent* way to measure public sentiment… of internet trolls.
The one positive from this development is that the adults can now have a serious conversation since the man-child has exited stage left. Good riddance.
Disclaimer: This writer has endorsed U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for President.