Donald Trump Drops Out of Fox News Debate on Thursday

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UPDATED: After a day of threatening to abstain from Fox News’ Thursday night GOP debate, Donald Trump has officially dropped out of the event, his campaign manager told the Associated Press.

The debate will be hosted by the network’s Megyn Kelly, who Trump slammed as “biased against” him.

“Megyn Kelly’s really biased against me,” Trump said in an Instagram video on Tuesday. “She knows that. I know that. Everybody knows that. Do you really think she can be fair at a debate?”

He also posted a poll on Twitter, asking his followers if he should participate in the debate. Fox News shot back on Tuesday with a tongue-in-cheek statement.

“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 network said.

Trump called the response a “pathetic attempt by Fox News to try and build up ratings for the GOP Debate.”

“Without me they’d have no ratings!,” he wrote.

Trump has threatened to pull out of previous debates, though if he does not participate in Thursday’s event, it will mark the first time he’s followed through on one of those threats.

Bret Baier and Chris Wallace will be joining Kelly as moderators for the Thursday debate.

Fox News issued a statement on Tuesday night, accusing Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, of making threats against Kelly.

“Capitulating to politicians’ ultimatums about a debate moderator violates all journalistic standards, as do threats, including the one leveled by Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski toward Megan Kelly. In a call on Monday with a Fox News executive, Lewandowski stated that Megyn had a ‘rough couple of days after that last debate’ and he ‘would hate to have her go through that again.’ Lewandowski was warned not to level any more threats, but he continued to do so. 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.”

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  1. Debora Beals says:

    How nice for Trump…
    I don’t have to play by the rules – WHAT rules!? I’m BORED with – [air quotes] “issues.” I won’t be denied my nomination, dammit, there’ll be riots and hell to pay if I’m denied. The sooner I’m elected – can we do it before November? – I can start making deals and yeah, I gotta plan, and it’s gonna be fanTAStic, you’ll see. F— these debates, I’m running outta one-liners.

  2. Tracy says:

    We the people deserve a fair, honest, and unbiased debate by a fair and impartial entity with professional and ethical beliefs who recognize that they have a genuine responsibility and duty to the people of this nation to provide honest, timely, and impartial news as it happens. Fox News has forgotten itself! To shore it up, all the contenders are playing typical “politician” games instead of accepting that any dishonest, biased individual has no place there for the people’s sake! The American people are smarter than, “Oh, Trump’s afraid of Megyn”. Really? Is this the third grade? They should all demand the direct and immediate removal of any individual who cannot be respectful to all the candidates and do their job with intelligent and impartial commentary. This is part of the process to provide the American people with the information they need to make a responsible decision and vote accordingly! The individuals who participate should be hand picked by all the candidates just as in Jury Selection, not by someone at the network who only has ratings in mind. It’s dishonest! Does Fox News think it can force it’s, or Megyn’s, candidate on us somehow? I say again, Fox News has forgotten itself! The other candidates have forgotten themselves as well. It appears that they both have forgotten what their job is really about! We the people deserve much better! And, it’s time to make this country great again. I’m actually seeing the TRUMP NEWS NETWORK in the making! All Mr. Trump has to do is continue to be himself and provide honest, timely, and impartial news, and call anyone out who can’t be fair and play by the rules. Can’t these networks and politicians see that every time they try to play by the old rules, they look that much more foolish! The American people are now smarter than ever and have no desire to continue with the old status quo. Grow up Fox News, and Megyn, and do your job right so we the people can all work together to make this country great again!

    • Alex says:

      Trump is a child, who doesn’t understand the basic idea of politics. The basic idea of politics is compromise and if you can’t compromise and see both sides of an argument you have no business being in any political office. Not to mention the man claims to be “humble” and then tries to brag about being a successful business man when, his companies have applied for bankruptcy how many times?? Trump is a joke and a danger to the future of this country.

  3. Jeanne says:

    Trump is spot on. Fox for the last two years is no different than the other network. Megan Kelly should have been gone long ago. Nice Fox stands behind employee’s where is E.D. Hill Page Hopkins Alysn.

  4. Dunstan says:

    Donald Trump is nothing more than a name-calling bully. His behavior is infantile, his grasp of the issues is nearly non-existent and he has no neck.

  5. CNN and Fox News are making a killing off these endless debates, where they hawk new cars and big Pharm during the breaks for many times their average ad price. You know, that sweet one where the woman has an AWAKE cat and a SLEEP cat? And you think it’s cute until you realize your mom is paying for the shite. So why should he just endlessly fill their pockets when they just ask the same crap over and over? If we’re not going to shorten the process, then let’s make it more effective, less pageantry.

    • Alex says:

      You know that CBS makes even more money off of the Super Bowl and the Grammys right? So political campaigns for President of the United States are less important than sporting events and award shows for people who can’t see past their own nose?

  6. LOL at those who call Trump scared of Miss Kelly, let me point out, does interviews on all networks even CNBC, has interviewed with plenty of liberal reporters, Hillary is doing the next debate moderated by Rachel Madow, that’s the real joke!!! Kelly is biased to the point of having Commie Michael Moore on her show last night to berate Trump, what was she trying to prove? Then the network comes out with that news release which insults a candidate for President, if that is how they feel, why should he be there? I’ll be watching his town hall and will donate to the Wounded Warriors, better than watching a debate that is not fair and balanced and caters to candidates who have no chance of getting elected.

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  9. Jacques Strappe says:

    So. will The Donald be debating himself. He lets everyone know he is The Masturbater

  10. Je vizzusi says:

    Big mouth billionaire thinks he can win caucus and primaries without a final debate. Listen Iowans, he can’t. And Cruz is worse.. but should gain points. No GOP Candidate has gone on to win a General Election after winning New Hampshire and Iowa. But if BMB wins both, we will never hear the end of it. FOX News or not!

  11. Richter says:

    Fox has been unfair and insulting, mocking Trump at every opportunity. The hypocrisy is obvious to those who watch Fox and can easily see the intentional spin used, particularly stressing key words and phrases to paint a tainted picture. Even by the comment above about Putin… Please, no one is expending nearly half the energy on pointing out flaws and faults of other candidates.

    • Alex says:

      Fox has never missed an opportunity to insult or point out “flaws” of any democratic candidate. Stop being butt hurt over an insult made about a joke of a candidate who is too much of a baby to deal with things that get tough.

  12. cadavra says:

    But let’s give credit where credit is due: He’s accomplished something no one else ever has–he’s made Fox News look like they actually have some integrity.

  13. Geri313 says:

    The real problem is letting faux journalists be involved in any debate. And of course letting a faux “news” network be involved in a debate is also inherently wrong. Regardless, we’ve all heard the GOP candidates pretend the economy is not improving, etc. We have not heard how they intend to improve the Affordable Care Act, just how they plan to get rid of it. Lots of tearing down, but no solid ideas for improving America and moving forward. All negative talk. Nothing positive. No wonder so many traditional Republicans plan to hold their nose and vote for a Democrat in November. Of course the lower middle class will stay true, but they always inexplicably vote against their own economic interest.

  14. #tbt says:

    I’m starting to feel a lot more disappointed in the media that with Trump. I mean, he’s a moron like no other. But that fact that intelligent journalists are wasting hours and hourssssssss of TV time to ‘intellectually’ discuss Trump (with the exception of the unnecessary amount of hours spent measuring the snow from the blizzard!) when there are so many issues of actual importance that need coverage is just insane and disgusting… WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!! Seriously. Because even discussing that would be better than what you’re doing right now. Smh.

    (P.S. I’m talking to you especially, CNN!)

  15. Greggan says:

    One doesn’t need to hold the news media in low regard to recognize Trump’s behavior as petty, autocratic, and megalomaniacal. This is small taste of what’s to come If he ever gets into office.

  16. Josh S says:

    Now all who watch the debate can actually learn more about the other candidates. That could work as a pro or a con for Trump himself, depending what the others say. It does seem that Mr. Trump does not truly understand what the word debate means.

  17. labman57 says:

    Of course the Bombastic One is threatening to boycott the debate, because Megyn scares him … or hurt his feelings … or whatever.
    I would suggest that Trump is a thin-skinned, glass-jawed, panty-waisted prima donna … but that would be too kind.

    Furthermore, Donald and his fellow Republican POTUS wannabes are a bit confused, as they seem to believe that the GOP debates have actually been ROASTS intended to entertain rather than inform.

  18. pamela says:

    Megan Kelly IS biased – all her interviews are with anti-Trump people. Why should Trump enhance the standing of fox? An event to raise money for the Vets is gr8!!!

  19. Jonathan Pulliam says:

    Trump gets credit for efficiency. He’s leading in Iowa with a higher percentage of likely voters than Cruz, Rubio, and Carson combined. Megyn Kelly indeed IS a lightweight. Bernie’s promoting a tx hike and Hillary’s about to get indicted. What’s not to like?

  20. Pete says:

    What a chicken!

  21. Cath says:

    If he can’t face Megan Kelley how is he going to face our real enemies?

  22. CMarks says:

    Wow, kind of hard for me to choose sides on this one. Only thing is, I don’t think Trump skipping the debate is going to hurt Fox’s ratings all that much – lots of folks will be tuning in just 1) to see if he really doesn’t show up and 2) how Fox will handle his absence if he doesn’t. Honestly I’ve skipped all of the GOP debates up until now due to my dislike of Donald, now maybe I’ll check this one out. Should Mr. Trump end up as the Republican candidate he’s going to need Fox News way more than Fox News will need him.

  23. Tom says:

    I love it. Trump is torturing all of his fellow conservatives, they really do eat their own.

  24. Lisa says:

    I used to like Trump. But since he made that bizarre statement about putting a wall up at the Mexican border, I lost all respect for him. There is no way a person who says such a ridiculous thing can run such a large country. I can’t even imagine him meeting with other world leaders after that. It would be an embarrassment.

    • Je vizzusi says:

      Most of the land Trumps proposed wall is Private! Big Ranchss, Farmland and State and National Park. The question is, how are you going to get your hands on this land? He attempted in Scotland to take away, bribe officials and steal property to build a massive golf course and hotel. It failed.. he thinks he can buy the Mexican Government, he thinks he can buy our vote!

  25. russell802208 says:

    I don’t support Trump but I hate fox/faux news and they need to keep their tabloid reporting out of presidential elections.
    Fox news has a place and it’s only for entertainment only.

  26. Malcolm says:

    Hopefully this move will rule him ineligible as a realistic candidate. Diva fits over one third of a moderating team…? Not a stable bet (surprise, surprise).

  27. DR says:

    Someone needs to tell the Donald a politician needs to pretend to get along with everyone. Obama after 7 years realize this is politics and you have to be full of bullshit to get along and get things done. If by a remote chance he gets elected he will be force to compromise and listen to his many enemies.

  28. When he loses the nomination he will say, “I would have won if I’d stayed in the debate and not dropped out. My bad.”

    • CMarks says:

      No way will Trump accept blame if he fails to win the nomination. That simply isn’t the way Donald does business or conducts his personal life. He’s always right and anyone disagreeing or having a different point of view is wrong. Trump is never wrong, he doesn’t accept blame and he doesn’t apologize.

  29. Shoes4Industry says:

    No worse than last night’s CNN (Clinton News Network) sham debate. MSM is a joke.

  30. Bill B. says:

    Fox, much to my amazement, did the right thing. I don’t really care rhough. I stopped watching these as they have nothing to say that isn’t irritating & childish and always full of hate and negativity.

  31. peachena says:

    Great! Now why doesn’t Trump DROP OUT of the presidential race? The air is finally seeping out of his bloated ego?

  32. Jesse says:

    Real presidential, Trump. What a baby. Imagine if someone like Obama pulled this kind of thing? The right would go NUTS

  33. tlsnyder42 says:

    I didn’t think Megan’s question about bashing women was truthful or accurate, but Trump is a chicken. . .

  34. Chris says:

    Oh great, more time to listen to Ted Cruz go on and on about nothing. And Jeb Bush to pretend he’s relevant. Wait, did I just hear Trump meeowing?

  35. CMarks says:

    Why can’t this SPAM be flagged and removed?

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