Fox News released a harshly-worded statement late last night on Donald Trump’s decision to skip the debate on Thursday, going as far as accusing Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski of threatening Megyn Kelly.

Is that really threatening language, however?

Fox News went on to note that “Trump is still welcome” at the debate if he wants to show up, but “he can’t dictate the moderators or the questions.”

Lewandowski was on “Morning Joe” this morning where he made a ratings prediction for the Trump-less debate:

“Maybe Fox was going to have a 20 or 25 million person debate but without Mr. Trump’s participation, I think they might have a one or two million person debate.”

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Lewandowski also said other campaigns want to skip the Fox News debate as well:

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