Get ready for Round Two.
The next Republican debate is coming up this Thursday and will be hosted by FOX News. Based on their back and forth the last time FOX News hosted, Donald Trump asked the network to take Megyn Kelly off the moderator desk.
Unfortunately for Trump, the network is doing no such thing.
USA Today reports:
Fox to Trump: Megyn Kelly will be a debate moderator
Fox News has a message for Donald Trump: Megyn Kelly will be a moderator for next week’s Republican debate, despite the businessman’s call for her removal.
Hours after Trump accused the Fox anchor of bias and said she should not be part of the debate, Fox issued a statement: “Megyn Kelly has no conflict of interest. Donald Trump is just trying to build up the audience for Thursday’s debate, for which we thank him.”
In a tweet, the Republican front-runner said: “Based on @MegynKelly’s conflict of interest and bias she should not be allowed to be a moderator of the next debate.”
Based on @MegynKelly's conflict of interest and bias she should not be allowed to be a moderator of the next debate.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2016
Kelly herself has consistently declined to respond to repeated attacks from Trump, who has described her as a “bimbo” among other insults.
If you’ve forgotten how things went last time, here’s a reminder:
Of course, other more liberal networks are already salivating over this.
Brian Stelter of CNN:
Donald Trump vs. Megyn Kelly: The sequel begins
Donald Trump’s beef with Megyn Kelly is back on — with a vengeance. On Saturday he said Kelly “should not be allowed” to moderate the next GOP debate.
But Kelly is definitely moderating it — and her employer, Fox News, is dismissing his complaint.
Kelly, Bret Baier and Chris Wallace are set to be the three moderators of next Thursday’s GOP debate in Iowa.
Trump famously tangled with Kelly during the first debate of the primary season last August. Kelly’s first question to him recounted how he’d disparaged women with terms like “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” She also invoked the “war on women” and asked about his temperament.
Trump tried to deflect the dart, but it stuck, as did other questions from the moderators. Afterward, Trump said “I thought Megyn behaved very badly, personally,” and criticized her repeatedly.
FOX certainly won’t have a viewership problem, that’s for sure.
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