Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Trump Says He'll Skip Fox News Debate

He was upset that Megyn Kelly was supposed to be one of the moderators and was hinting that he might skip it because of his feud with her, but he really wasn't going to skip it. He was simply trying to play the refs like any basketball coach complaining about the fouls before the game (think Phil Jackson).

But then Fox News put out an incredibly snarky tweet taunting him. You know, like any professional news organization would do. This was their tweet...

"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.”

After he saw that, Trump told them to stick it. He's not showing up. And you know what, when I heard that, I thought "You get 'em Donald."

Do you honestly think a news organization that puts out a statement like that before a debate they are moderating would have been fair to him? Talk about unprofessional.

I know, I know, I can't believe I'm writing that either. Of course the candidates should be able to handle tough quesitoning, and of course they shouldn't get to pick the moderators (although they successfully kicked off Chris Matthews last time around, remember?). Of course they should have thicker skin, and of course Trump has shown that he can't handle it when he gets criticized. But that move by Fox News was pure bush league; third grade amateur school yard nonsense.

It was Trump-esque.

I can forgive it in a buffoon like Trump. I can't forgive it in a so-called news organization. For the first time since he started his campaign, I'm on Trump's side.

Which probably means he's making a terrible political mistake.