Trump Picks Fight With Fox News. Who Will Win?
Donald Trump said last week that he could go into the streets of New York City and shoot someone, but he would still win the presidency. For many who heard this statement, this is evidence that he is crazy. For others, this is confidence. Trump is so confident in his voters, and in his supporters, that he created a hyperbole to show just how sure he that he will take the Iowa Caucus, even when many say Cruz could take the state.
And while this example Trump through to the media was hypothetical, Trump has actually acted to prove his confidence. For Republicans, Fox News is really considered the Mecca of politics, and their favor is crucial for any election. It can be argued that Sean Hannity had a large impact on the failure of Rubio’s Gang of Eight bill, and in a time where there is no such thing as objectivity, a heavy hitting reporter can make or break you.
Well, Trump disagrees. After the first Republican debate, where Megyn Kelly went after the candidate stating in so many words that he was waging a “war on women,” Trump turned the situation around. Instead of bowing down to the media, Trump went up against the media. He openly stated his criticism for Kelly, and the result was a vacation which had many people wondering if she had been fired. It could have been total coincidence that she had planned a vacation exactly at this time, but if she did not, then Fox realized they needed to get her off the air for a bit until everything calmed down. Trump had gone up against Fox News, and he had one. And the result was an increase in his poll numbers.
Now, with the last debate approaching tomorrow night before the Iowa Caucus, Trump is doing the equivalent to shooting someone in the streets: he is ditching the Fox News debate. His reason? Because he said Megyn Kelly will not be fair, and if we lived in a world that was not offended by everything, he called would call her a bimbo. While so many candidates would have done anything for some extra air time on a very watched network, Trump is going up against them, picking a fight which he knows he will win.
Fox News is clearly upset about this, as they can expect many to turn off their TV since Trump will not be on the debate. They released a press release yesterday, clearly dissing Trump and trying to take away an form of legitimacy he has, writing, :
“We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to rest Donald Trump unfairly when they meet him if he becomes president- a nefarious source tells us that Trump has his own secret plan to replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings.”
Trump, of course, immediately responded to Fox News’ statement on Twitter, writing,
“The statement put out yesterday by @FoxNews was a disgrace to good broadcasting and journalism. Who would ever say something so nasty & dumb.”
Of course, Trump’s opposers are trying to paint the picture that Trump is scared of a final debate that will hurt his numbers in Iowa. Trump, however, does not care, and instead will hold a fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors Project, a non profit which gives money to Veterans. You can expect that every other news network will be covering this event, and that because Trump will not be at the debate, channels will be turned away from Fox News to see what Trump is up to. Furthermore, Veterans Affairs is a huge issue for any presidential election.
While many would think that refusing to do the last debate before the Iowa Caucus would hurt Trump, it may surprise you that it could possibly help him. Going up against the media is a trait that makes Trump so attractive to his followers, and helping the veterans instead, will only paint a better picture.