GOP front-runner Donald Trump says he will skip the next Republican debate as the Iowa caucuses approach.
“I probably won’t be doing the debate. I’m going to have something else in Iowa,” said the billionaire former reality TV star at a news conference in a high school workout room in Marshalltown, Iowa, on Tuesday. “Let’s see how much money Fox makes without me in the debate.”
Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski confirmed to the Washington Post later that he would “definitely not” be there.
The Fox News debate is scheduled to be held in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday night.
Since a debate held last August, Trump has been engaged in a public spat with Fox News after Megyn Kelly launched a vicious feminist attack on Trump trying to paint him as a “sexist misogynist” during the first GOP debate. In the debate she viciously began her so-called question with a declaration, saying:
KELLY: 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.
TRUMP: Only Rosie O’Donnell.
KELLY: No, it wasn’t.
TRUMP: Thank you.
KELLY: For the record, it was well beyond Rosie O’Donnell.
TRUMP: Yes, I’m sure it was.
KELLY: 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?
TRUMP: I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct.
Trump is typically foulmouthed and against political correctness he called men the same thing. For example, he called Jeb Bush “stupid, incompetent, useless, worthless, looser” numerous times, yet Megyn filtered out his insults on men and tried to portray him as a women-hater.
Megyn’s attacks mirrors those of Hillary Clinton which is also trying to use the same snake attacks, trying to divide people and create an imaginary men vs women war, portraying men as oppressors and women as victims.
“He’s definitely not participating in the Fox News debate,” Lewandowski said. “His word is his bond.”
Instead of partaking at the debate, Trump will be in Iowa to raise money for the country’s war veterans.
Trump did not want Megyn Kelly, a Fox News journalist, to be present at the debate, a request turned down by the TV channel.
The rejection made him say “bye bye” to the GOP debate, too many of which, he believes, have been held.
His campaign manager, however, said the decision was related to the Fox News debate, adding Trump would welcome other ones.
Earlier in the day, Fox News Channel President Roger Ailes said, “Megyn Kelly is an excellent journalist, and the entire network stands behind her. She will absolutely be on the debate stage on Thursday night.”
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