Trump, Fox News trade tackles over debate boycott

trump's feud with fox news

Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Lewandowski, blasted Fox News on Wednesday morning for what he said was unfair treatment of the Republican presidential front-runner, saying Thursday’s scheduled debate co-moderator Megyn Kelly ‘is totally obsessed with’ tarring and feathering the billionaire. Trump has pulled out of the debate, the last event before Monday’s Iowa caucuses. Lewandowski said the ‘repercussions’ of how the network treated his boss will be felt in TV ratings as the feud between Trump and Kelly continues. ‘Maybe Fox was going to have a 20 or 25 million person debate,’ he said ‘but without Mr. Trump’s participation I think they might have a 1 or 2 million person debate.’

Trump’s debate boycott, Fox News replies

As a result of Donald Trump’s comment that he will not be honoring the Fox News GOP debate, Fox News has hit back in its battle with the GOP presidential front-runner, saying, “He can’t dictate the moderators or the questions.” Still, the network said he’d be welcome at Thursday’s debate if he changes his mind about skipping it. According to the dailymail, Donald Trump is refusing to debate seven of his fellow presidential candidates on stage, as a result of co-moderator, Megyn Kelly. Donald Trump’s campaign manager was warned by the news agency of his threats. “We can’t give in to terrorizations toward any of our employees. Trump is still welcome at Thursday night’s debate and will be treated fairly, just as he has been during his 132 appearances on Fox News & Fox Business, but he can’t dictate the moderators or the questions.”

Trump will host a fundraiser and other campaigns

Trump is not going to be idle, as he has decided to host a fundraiser for military veterans. Lewandowski said other campaigns have asked about the possibility of joining Trump’s boycott and participating instead in the promised fundraiser, and ‘it’s very possible’ the Fox news debate stage could be missing more than just one candidate.