If Donald Trump can’t handle Megyn Kelly, how will he deal with ISIS?
The would-be narcissist-in-chief has struck again. And the vapid media have shown all too well how willing they are to play into his hands.
Real estate mogul and professional blowhard Donald Trump is throwing a hissy fit, saying he won’t attend the next scheduled Republican debate on Fox News just because he thinks one of the moderators hasn’t been “fair” to him. The GOP front-runner is once again displaying his thin skin. And for some reason, it’s national news. What should be national news is what a lightweight Trump is.
Actually, I take that back. That shouldn’t be national news, since there’s nothing new about it.
Several of the militia goons at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge were arrested, with one killed and one injured, in a face-off with law enforcement, and I tried in vain to find information on several cable channels, but all I could find were talking heads spewing how Trump wasn’t going to be at the debate. Did it help him or hurt him? Did it show strength?
I wanted to learn something about an actual news story about issues that much of the country cares about, especially people living in the West. Instead, it was Trump, Trump, and more Trump. Once again, he trumped real news — and the media all played along. He couldn’t risk being out of the spotlight, even for a day.
There was a lot of coverage of the CNN Town Hall with the three Democratic candidates — a Town Hall that, whoever your preferred candidate is, was filled with substance — and Trump knew he had to draw the attention back to himself.
I’m no fan of the fake news channel or Megyn Kelly. But Kelly asked Trump some tough questions at the first debate, so he’s decided to take his debate football and go home. Although Kelly often played the designated blonde on Fox & Friends, she also has a law degree and has an established following for her evening program.
But her tough questions were too much for the Trumpster. He (and his Trump Twitter-ites) attacked her on social media and on the air, even suggesting that it must have been her period and she was out of sorts. He’s called her a lightweight and much worse. What his supporters said on social media isn’t worth repeating.
So as the next debate approached, and Kelly was scheduled as one of the three moderators, Trump threatened to boycott. Fox News chief Roger Ailes didn’t back down.
“Megyn Kelly is an excellent journalist, and the entire network stands behind her,” Ailes said in a statement. “She will absolutely be on the debate stage on Thursday night.” (I wouldn’t agree with his assessment, but at least Ailes is standing by his people.)
Earlier, Trump had complained that Kelly didn’t treat him “fairly.” He put out a poll on Twitter for his Trumpeters to vote on whether he should participate. Fox had an epic comeback:
“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.”
The presidency of the United States is the hardest job in the world. Witness the graying and aging of each U.S. president over four or eight years. The president faces endless tasks of running the government, answering the public, battling his critics, and, above all, keeping the country safe.
The president doesn’t get to choose which issues to face — and which to ignore. There’s no backing down from terrorist threats, hostile foreign leaders, or hostile leaders in Congress. The president has to face huge (excuse me, YUUUUUGE) challenges about economic downturns, income inequality, climate change, unemployment, health care, immigration, voting rights, gun violence … you get the picture. You don’t get to hold a Twitter poll about ISIS or al Qaeda.
It’s a 24/7 job, not a television reality show.
Back in 2011, Kelly asked Trump, “Do you really think you’re a better moderator than I am?”
Trump answered, “No, I could never beat you. That wouldn’t even be close. That would be no contest. You have done a great job, by the way, and I mean it.”
Personally, I hope Fox displays an empty podium just so Kelly can ask a few questions and say, “Oh, that’s right. Mr. Trump decided he didn’t want to attend.” And that the other GOP contenders do the same. Why they haven’t opened up this line of attack is something I don’t understand.