After admitting he “probably would have done a little better” in this week’s Iowa caucus if he had not boycotted the only debate held in the state, GOP front-runner Donald Trump is still licking his wounds from a second-place finish in the first-in-the-nation presidential contest. His decision to skip the event came after Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly was slated to return as one of the debate moderators.
Many candidates hitting Trump no show. Cruz says how will he stand up to Putin if he can’t stand up to @megynkelly. We’ll see if voters care
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) January 27, 2016
While Trump blamed Fox News Channel’s supposedly unfair treatment of his campaign, days before blowing off the debate, he said on CNN that Kelly would be a primary reason he would boycott.
“I don’t like her,” he said bluntly. “She doesn’t treat me fairly. I’m not a big fan of hers at all.”
Examples show she’s just as tough with other candidates as with Trump. –>Megyn Kelly: Worthy foil for Donald Trump https://t.co/Vz5Qq4L8ar
— Brit Hume (@brithume) January 28, 2016
He went on to call Kelly “very biased,” asserting that he would pull out of the event if he got the inkling that he would be “treated unfairly.”
— MSN (@MSN) February 4, 2016
According to a recent Fox News report, Trump might soon be making the same decision. Kelly, the nation’s leading cable news outlet confirmed, will be making her third moderating appearance of the 2016 race on March 3. The debate, which will take place in Detroit, will feature the same lineup of moderators — Kelly, Bret Baier and Chris Wallace — as the previous two events hosted by the network.
— Task Force Freedom (@CplSoletrain) February 4, 2016