If you thought Roger Ailes’ phone call to Donald Trump, allegedly promising that Fox News would treat him fairly, meant that he would never put him with anybody who would grill him again, you thought wrong. Fox News has announced the moderators for the January GOP debate and it consists of Brett Baier, Chris Wallace and…Megyn Kelly.
In other words, it will have the same moderators that did the August 6 debate, according to the Los Angeles Times. At that debate, Megyn Kelly asked Trump some pretty pointed questions, including questions about his obvious misogyny. Afterwards, Trump took to the Sunday morning talk shows, and to social media, to whine up one side and cry down the other about the inappropriateness of her questions, and to claim that she owed him an apology.
This was all in spite of the fact that he said she must have had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever,” in response to why she was so hard on him. It is very hard to interpret that in any way other than a reference to menstruation. One way that our society dismisses strong women is by saying that they must be on their periods when they challenge anybody, particularly men. Trump, of course, tried to back pedal and say he meant her nose, or her ears, but that’s not what he said, and that’s not how America heard it.
If Trump is still in the race in January (and we have to believe he will be), how will he handle Kelly’s participation? She’s not likely to tone it down unless Ailes threatens her job over it. The L.A. Times piece says that Ailes stands behind the conduct of all three of the moderators in the August 6 debate. He even went so far as to say that they’re “the best political debate team ever put on television.” That doesn’t sound like someone who’ll threaten Kelly’s job if she’s “mean” to Trump again.
Fox News has not yet said how they’re limiting January’s debate, possibly because they have no way of knowing who will still be in it come January. Rick Perry has already laid off some staff, so it’s a safe bet that he won’t be in it enough to even appear at the kiddie debate, if there are still enough candidates for that this winter.
Since Donald Trump is such a crybaby, it wouldn’t be surprising if, should he appear at that debate, he feels that Ailes has gone back on whatever deal he thought they had about Megyn Kelly. That would be especially true if she’s just as tough on him in January as she was on August 6.
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