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Donald Trump will not attend Fox’s Republican debate because of Megyn Kelly

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stops speaking while waiting for protesters to be removed at a campaign rally at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, January 26, 2016. (REUTERS/Scott Morgan)

Donald Trump announced on Tuesday night that he’ll be a no-show at Fox News’ Republican primary debate on Thursday because he believes that Megyn Kelly, one of the evening’s three moderators, is biased against him. The “feud” between the two goes back to the first primary debate in August, when she challenged him on sexist remarks he made about women, with Trump later infamously proving her point by saying that Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever.” Over the last few days Trump has openly expressed his doubts about attending and tried to force Fox into replacing Kelly on the debate stage, but the network stood firmly behind its anchor. “Megyn Kelly is an excellent journalist, and the entire network stands behind her,” Fox News executive Roger Ailes said in a statement. “She will absolutely be on the debate stage on Thursday night.”

Trump then took to Twitter to ask his followers: “Should I do the #GOPDebate or not?” Fox responded with a sarcastic statement, writing they had “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,” and that the real estate magnate would replace his cabinet with “his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings.” While as of this writing 57% of  more than 140,000 Twitter voters answered “yes” to his question, this is one poll Trump won’t be paying attention to: his spokesman Corey Lewandowski told The Washington Post that he is “definitely not participating in the Fox News debate,” adding, “his word is his bond.” In an official statement on his Twitter page, Trump said that he “knows a bad deal when he sees one” and rather than attending the debate on Thursday, he will be hosting an event to raise money for “the Veterans and Wounded Warriors.”


Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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