Megyn Kelly has been one of the most polarizing voices on Fox News lately. She will now be hosting a town hall for the GOP candidates and Donald Trump has already passed on the opportunity to participate.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 23, 2016
Suffice it to say that the feud between Megyn Kelly and Donald Trump has been mainly a one-sided aggression. Trump has escalated the feud many times on media shows and social media, but Megyn Kelly just remains silent while Trump slowly pulls his hair out.
It has been such a sticking issue with Trump over the past few months that Megyn Kelly even scared him away from the last GOP debate, which many believe is what cost him the win in Iowa, although he has made up for lost ground after the Iowa defeat and won over voters in New Hampshire and South Carolina, taking hefty margins of victory in both of those states.
But according to CNN Money, Trump will not participate in the “voter summit,” which will take place in Houston, Texas, and double as the GOP version of a town hall style of platforming for the candidates. Some speculate that there is also one reason he will not go on the show and that is because Megyn Kelly will be hosting the event.
Of course the Trump camp has come up with the excuse that they have pre-existing campaign events scheduled for the day of the show, which will take place on February 24 and air live on the Fox News program The Kelly File as a two-hour special.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 23, 2016
Trump’s campaign spokesperson Hope Hicks issued a statement on the event.
“The campaign has a previous engagement in Virginia and then New York, which could not be rescheduled,” Hicks wrote in the statement. “Given this was just proposed at the last minute it was not possible to change our plans in order to attend. Mr. Trump looks forward to participating in the next Fox News debate.”
It seems as though Megyn Kelly has been somewhat of a boogeyman for Donald Trump. Her silence during the public feud between her and Trump seems to have unnerved the GOP frontrunner and chased him away. He skipped the last debate because he felt like Kelly was going to be unfair to him.
With the voter summit that is coming up on her show, Trump would also have to go head to head with Kelly on a range of issues and there is no doubt that she would have to bring up their public feud in the questions. There would also likely be a question or two in there about the topic that got the feud going in the first place, which was his misogynistic treatment of women on social media.
With that in mind, the next Fox News debate will also feature Megyn Kelly in the moderator’s chair. But Trump would be a fool to miss that one. It will take place in Detroit and will be ahead of key election states, which could mean the difference between him losing the election or winning.
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) February 18, 2016
There is no doubt that if he missed the debate with Kelly in the moderator’s chair, other candidates would capitalize on the opportunity and shred him in his absence. There have been many of his rivals in the GOP primary season that have been aching to take a slice out of Trump’s pie without him mouthing off to them on a public stage.
— Salon.com (@Salon) February 23, 2016
It should also be noted that Megyn Kelly’s voter summit will be held one night before the GOP debate on CNN, which is the final lead in to Super Tuesday. That is the key day for all primaries, given that so many states will be weighing in and awarding delegates.
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