Where’s the beef? As Donald Trump told Wolf Blitzer today, it’s with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly:
Trump on Megyn Kelly: “I might be the best thing that happened to her. I mean, who ever heard of her before?" pic.twitter.com/lw4ZzuMx9M
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) January 25, 2016
Here’s the video (via the Washington Examiner):
Trump evidently finds Kelly so objectionable, he says he might sit out the next debate, where she’ll be a moderator:
Trump adds that he is not 100% certain he will participate in the Thursday Fox News debate.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) January 25, 2016
More from The Hill:
Trump said he “probably” would participate, but that “nothing is 100 percent” yet.
“I’m not 100 percent, I’ll see,” Trump said. “If I think I’m going to be treated unfairly I’ll do something else. But I don’t think she can treat me fairly, actually. I think she’s very biased and I don’t think she can treat me fairly.”
“But that doesn’t mean I don’t do the debate,” he continued. “I like doing the debates. I’ve won every single debate according to every single poll … so I want to do the debates, they’re good for me. But I don’t think she can treat me fairly and I’m not a big fan of hers. Maybe I know too much about her.”
Some tweeters came down on Trump’s side:
LOL! So True!
Trump: ‘I Might Be The Best Thing’ That’s Happened To Megyn Kelly, ‘Who Had Heard of Her Before?’https://t.co/wHYf6IrsYA
— Linda Suhler, Ph.D. (@LindaSuhler) January 26, 2016
— Junior (@SiCk_DiAbLo) January 26, 2016
— The Majority Awakens (@DefendingtheUSA) January 26, 2016
— Gcf (@Gcf1517) January 26, 2016
MEGYN KELLY IS A DISTRACTION ! WHY DOES TRUMP NEED 2 SPEAK WITH THIS KIND OF NWO FEMALE PERIOD ? https://t.co/4XXh7gF3ye
— anthony russell (@anthony76730120) January 26, 2016
But many others took The Donald to task:
Trump *really* has an issue with women. It’s a bit creepy. https://t.co/JTqwrFYQR2
— Kemberlee Kaye (@KemberleeKaye) January 26, 2016
— jon gabriel (@exjon) January 26, 2016
Has trouble relating to women who aren't on his payroll? https://t.co/vgpflTN8RS
— Kevin D. Williamson (@KevinNR) January 26, 2016
At this point, if Ted Cruz and Megyn Kelly jumped out at Trump and yelled “Boo!”, I think he’d faint. What a wimp.
— Dr. Schadenfreude (@PoliticsOfFear) January 26, 2016
Translation: Trump is a wuss. https://t.co/TgOqNCZmzq
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) January 25, 2016
— Alexandra Allis (@My3Alexandra) January 26, 2016
— CeJa (@CandaceJones425) January 25, 2016
It's amazing to me how thin-skinned Donald Trump is. He's still whining about Megyn Kelly moderating Thursday's debate.
— Brian Dell (@BrianDell12) January 26, 2016
This needs to stop Mr. Trump. Life isn't fair+you're not going to like every journalist. Get over it. https://t.co/QgKBW3Km3F
— Crystal Wright (@GOPBlackChick) January 25, 2016
Trump is afraid of Megyn Kelly, but expects us to trust him to defeat Hillary? https://t.co/s1cofGzR9q
— #NeverTrump (@lheal) January 25, 2016
"Wimp"Trump THREATENS to SKIP debate over Megyn Kelly!!
DUDE! How the hell would you fight ISIS?
— ✯✯US VETERAN✯✯ (@Mike_USPatriot) January 25, 2016
Donald Trump can't stand up to Megyn Kelly, but he'll be able to stand up to Putin and ISIS? Yeah, okay. ?
— Mike Dury (@MikeDury) January 26, 2016
Donald Trump can't be serious. Skip debate because of @megynkelly? What happens if you don't like a senator or world leader if you're POTUS?
— Sunida York (@SuniDae) January 26, 2016
— Awkward Fuzzball (@awkwardfuzzball) January 25, 2016
But remember Trump is a Strong, Tough, Fighting Man who will intimidate nations into compliance https://t.co/kTVmQsI37M
— Sunny (@sunnyright) January 26, 2016
— Phillip Bell (@Philnjax) January 26, 2016
@thehill if Trump can't handle Megyn, how is he going to handle Hillary/Sanders/ISIS/Iran/Russia/China/etc.?
— jorge melaney (@JorgeMelaney) January 25, 2016
A Fox spokesperson has reportedly weighed in:
Fox News reax Trump debate threat in part "We’re very surprised he’s willing to show that much fear about being questioned by Megyn Kelly.”
— John Santucci (@JTSantucci) January 26, 2016
Here’s their statement:
“Sooner or later Donald Trump, even if he’s president, is going to have to learn that he doesn’t get to pick the journalists — we’re very surprised he’s willing to show that much fear about being questioned by Megyn Kelly.”
With only a few more days until the debate, either Trump or FNC/Kelly will have to yield. And Kelly doesn’t seem all that concerned about Trump’s feelings, so … let’s just say Trump may have to grin and bear it.
@oliverdarcy Good. I'm no longer interested in his views since they change like the wind.
— #FREESTACY #RIPTWITT (@Corduroyalist) January 25, 2016
@oliverdarcy Oh please, that would be wonderful!
— Lynn Mackay (@LynnieCA) January 25, 2016
— Luke Person (@Lperson96) January 26, 2016
@thehill Good riddance! Tired of his rambling, incoherent, and self affirming crap. Won't give substantive answers anyway.
— Pallamus (@Pallamus) January 25, 2016
— Stephanie (@stephaniew3295) January 26, 2016
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.