Mapping Trump’s relationship with Fox News is like trying to get a handle on the middle school dating scene. They’ve broken up at least once already, and they broke again Tuesday, with Trump threatening to skip the next Fox News debate because Megyn Kelly treats him “unfairly.”
But it was Fox who got the last words in this time — and they stung enough to make Donald Trump pack up his toys and go home.
“I’ll do something else”
Trump has a long-standing, one-sided feud with Megyn Kelly. It started when Kelly tried to pin down Trump for his ugly statements concerning women; Trump was unable to answer the question meaningfully then and he’s still incapable of answering it meaningfully — which is why he suddenly got cold feet with the news of Kelly moderating Thursday’s upcoming debate and threatened a boycott:
I don’t like her. She doesn’t treat me fairly. I’m not a big fan of hers at all…If I think I’m going to be treated unfairly, I’ll do something else.
Fox News didn’t take kindly to this falling out. In a statement provided to TPM, a Fox spokesperson skewered Trump’s complaints about unfairness, saying world leaders wouldn’t play by his rules:
We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president — a nefarious source tells us that Trump has his own secret plan to replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings.
It’s a joke, but there’s truth to it. He’s an authoritarian. Anyone he can’t bully or control he’s not going to deal with. At least gorillas have the good sense to be submissive to their betters. Trump doesn’t even have that, as demonstrated with this ongoing feud with Kelly.
And before you think I’m praising Kelly, consider what it takes to be a better person than Donald Trump. That bar isn’t low — it’s buried six feet under the Earth, right there next to Paul’s campaign.
Trump acknowledged the reply during a televised news conference late Tuesday, where he told the audience he wasn’t going to attend the debate and instead said he was going to throw a fundraiser for Wound Warriors, attempting to make up to American vets for confusing them with communists.
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