The burning question of whether Donald Trump would attend Thursday night‚Äôs Fox News/Google debate, moderated in part by Fox News host Megyn Kelly, was settled by his campaign manager, who confirmed that Trump would¬†‚Äúdefinitely not‚ÄĚ be participating.
Trump camp manager @CLewandowski_ confirms to WaPo that Trump is ‚Äúdefinitely not‚ÄĚ participating in Fox New debate. ‚ÄúHis word is his bond."
‚ÄĒ Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) January 26, 2016
Kelly, on the other hand, confirmed that she would be at the debate as a moderator, kicking off Tuesday night‚Äôs ‚ÄúKelly File‚ÄĚ with a recap of the day‚Äôs back-and-forth between Trump and Fox News. She also at one point topped Twitter‚Äôs list of trending topics and has hovered there ever since.
And so the debate escalates on Twitter: is Trump afraid to face Kelly, or is she the next Candy Crowley and truly biased against him?
‚ÄĒ Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 26, 2016
Trump: ‚ÄúMegyn Kelly is a lightweight‚Ä¶This isn‚Äôt a reporter. This is a lightweight.
‚ÄĒ Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) January 26, 2016
Donald Trump is so afraid of Megyn Kelly that he says he'll boycott the debate, but he will totally take on Putin/China/etc. Clown show.
‚ÄĒ Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) January 27, 2016
Megyn Kelly wins the debate. Obvi.
‚ÄĒ Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) January 27, 2016
So Donald Trump can't handle tough questions from Megyn Kelly, but he'll be able to handle Hillary Clinton. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
‚ÄĒ Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 27, 2016
The guy who's not afraid of Putin, the Chinese or ISIS remains terrified of Megyn Kelly. Any questions?
‚ÄĒ John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) January 27, 2016
Cruz to Levin, on Trump ducking Fox debate: "If he thinks Megyn Kelly is so scary, what exactly does he think he'd do with Vladimir Putin."
‚ÄĒ Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) January 27, 2016
‚ÄĒ Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) January 27, 2016
"He fights!" Unless it's against Megyn Kelly, then he runs away. #MakeAmericaGrateAgain
‚ÄĒ SFK (@stephenkruiser) January 27, 2016
IMO, Trump is afraid to face Ted Cruz just before the IA Caucus. Megyn Kelly is a convenience excuse.
‚ÄĒ jon gabriel (@exjon) January 27, 2016
Has anyone accused Ted Cruz of hiding behind Megyn Kelly yet? Or called him a Megynecologist?
‚ÄĒ Lee Stranahan (@stranahan) January 27, 2016
"The only thing we have to fear is Megyn Kelly."#PresidentTrump
‚ÄĒ Brent crowguye (@crowguye) January 27, 2016
Donald Trump says he'll negotiate with Nancy Pelosi and the "establishment" but won't take questions from Megyn Kelly. Amazing.
‚ÄĒ Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) January 27, 2016
@SupermanHotMale I reallly hate to be in a position to agree w/ Megyn Kelly. But Trump will do that to ya.
‚ÄĒ CloreenBaconskin (@CloreenBacNSkin) January 27, 2016
It must kill Trump that a brilliant, attractive woman like Megyn Kelly refuses to cower to him.
‚ÄĒ Keith White (@keethers) January 27, 2016
So Trump says he can make deals w/ Pelosi, Schumer, Reid, Putin etc. but runs from Megyn Kelly. Smh.
‚ÄĒ Politics Matter (@Politics_Matter) January 27, 2016
So typical of #Trump not being in the next debate because Megyn Kelly will be a moderator. If he doesn't get his way, he bails. Wussy.
‚ÄĒ John B. Right (@Biarritz77) January 27, 2016
Trump throws tantrum and bows out of #GOPDebate because Fox News won't protect him from the scary Megyn Kelly. President material? LMAO. No.
‚ÄĒ Harmony & Grace (@HarmonyAndGrace) January 27, 2016
Ha, Megyn Kelly doing some trolling ‚Äď Tony Perkins endorses Cruz "exclusively" on her show.
‚ÄĒ Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) January 27, 2016
Meanwhile, Megyn Kelly on her way to being #1 trend on Twitter‚Ä¶ #kellyfile ratings not exactly dented.
‚ÄĒ Shelby Holliday (@shelbyholliday) January 27, 2016
Megyn Kelly gloating over no-show Trump is the most I've ever enjoyed Fox News.
‚ÄĒ Jeff Greco (@jeffgreco) January 27, 2016
Trump has promised to hold his own event which will benefit veterans. A smart move?
‚ÄĒ ron husband (@fitness58) January 27, 2016
‚ÄĒ Civis Silas (@Civis_Silas) January 27, 2016
‚ÄĒ Suzanne R (@sdrr38) January 27, 2016
@SandraSmithFox I hope Donald trump keeps his pledge not to take part in the GOP debate moderated by Megyn Kelly. She disrespected him
‚ÄĒ larry rea (@larrea07) January 27, 2016
Megyn kelly is NOT. neutral! What do they keep talking and talking about this @megynkelly You are the problem.
‚ÄĒ DebbieBarth (@DebbieBarth) January 27, 2016
Disagree. This was SMART. He does not have to participate in the Megyn Kelly Fox News circus. This is no debate. https://t.co/bxTVpMDpBA
‚ÄĒ Kat for #Trump2016 (@katlivezey) January 27, 2016
@FoxNews Don't blame him for not showing up. Megyn Kelly is out to get him. Republican establishment is scared sh__less.
‚ÄĒ John R. Perchak (@JohnPerchak) January 27, 2016
Megyn Kelly used 1st debate to showcase her rising star. We learned nothing about the candidates at that debate & now she's up again? No thx
‚ÄĒ nancy elizabeth (@iluvbkk) January 27, 2016
It's funny how Megyn Kelly is currently a "big deal". Guess what? Trump is simply doing moves like this to get all the free media time he +
‚ÄĒ Finding Hope (@ChristianAnon) January 27, 2016
@seanhannity once again Fox has shown their disregard for viewers and their opinion on Megyn Kelly! She is a terrible person tabloid hack!
‚ÄĒ Denise (@DeeDee0027) January 27, 2016
Anyone who doesn't believe that Megyn Kelly and Fox network have an agenda is fooling themselves. RNP wants status quo.. Sayers not doers
‚ÄĒ Big Orange (@volunteerswin) January 27, 2016
@realDonaldTrump Yes‚Ä¶ stand up to Megyn Kelly and the bullying‚Ä¶ don't give them the satisfaction.
‚ÄĒ Runce Loh (@Runcie) January 27, 2016
Megyn Kelly antagonized Trump for months, why would he ever entertain letting her do the same on Thursday?
‚ÄĒ Robert C. Riegle (@RobRiegle) January 27, 2016
@johncardillo When GOP allowed Candy Crowley to hijack a debate, i thought it should never be allowed again. Megyn Kelly = Candy Crowley
‚ÄĒ CJCheetham (@Chris_Cheetham) January 27, 2016