Still Upset About Megyn Kelly, Donald Trump Will Not Participate in Thursday's Debate

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Anger toddler and Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, will not participate in Fox News’s Thursday primary debate. During an Iowa press conference/tantrum earlier today, Trump stomped his feet repeatedly and yelled “Noooooo,” before throwing his food to the floor. “Let’s see how much money Fox is going to make on the debate without me,” Trump said. “Fox is going to make a fortune. I told [Fox] they should give their money to the Wounded Warriors.”


He added, “It’s time that somebody plays grownup,” before threatening never to speak to anyone ever again. The New York Times reports that Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, confirmed that Trump would not be participating in the debate, saying, “it’s not under negotiation.”

During the press conference, Trump continued his attacks against Fox host Megyn Kelly. Earlier this week, Trump—again—renewed his objections to the “bimbo” with “blood coming out her wherever” on Twitter. “Based on Megyn Kelly’s conflict of interest and bias she should not be allowed to be a moderator of the next debate,” Trump wrote. Like any reasonable parent, Fox refused to give in to the tantrum and confirmed that Kelly would remain a debate moderator.

Fox News said that Senator Rand Paul will take Trump’s place at the Thursday event. Governor Jim Gilmore (VA) who, apparently, is also running for president will join Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum in the warm-up debate.

Trump said that his campaign will “do something simultaneously with the debate,” ostensibly that means he will sit in the corner and think about what he’s done.

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Lee Adama's Moral Center

So, what are the odds that this is less about Megan Kelly, and far more about the fact that Trump has just passed Cruz in the latest Iowa polls? The aggregates actually having him pulling out to a pretty meaningful lead, especially with less than a week to go. And New Hampshire is still easily his to lose. So why step on that stage when you know that every single person out there is coming for you? If he really is in this to win it, and it’s looking more and more like that is the case, then it makes sense to skip this debate, right? Especially since he can easily chalk up his decision to “the media” and whatnot and be done with it, at least as far as his supporters are concerned.