By Susan Jones. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says the Republican Party is better off having Donald Trump off the debate stage Thursday night:
“You know, I think Donald Trump taking his ball and going home — there’s absolutely no risk. It’s an improvement to the debate. The IQ of the debate went up a couple dozen points,” Paul told Fox News on Wednesday.
“And I think it’s probably a good thing for the party. It shows sort of his delusions of grandeur, that he think he gets to dictate everything. He thinks he’s already elected himself king. So I’d say good riddance, and I’d say we’re going to have a much better debate.”
Trump announced Wednesday night that he would not take part in the Fox-hosted debate Thursday in Des Moines. He objects to having Megyn Kelly as a debate moderator, after she questioned his treatment of women — and his temperment to be president — in the first debate last August.
Fox News refused to remove Kelly as a moderator, and in the back-and-forth, the cable network jabbed Trump Wednesday night in a statement, saying: “We 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 — 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.” (Read more from “Rand Paul Just Dissed Trump in a Major Way – It Has to Do With the Debate Boycott” HERE)
Trump Refuses to Reconsider Debate in Fiery Fox Interview
By Jonathan Easley. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday night lashed out at Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly in his first appearance on the network since he announced he’d boycott the next GOP debate.
He also refused to reconsider his decision to sit out the network’s Thursday night debate – the last before the Iowa caucuses in five days – and said he’d move forward with his own competing event to raise money for wounded veterans.
Speaking on “The O’Reilly Factor,” Trump continued his long-running feud with Kelly, who he has been criticizing ever since she challenged him on his past derogatory remarks about women at the first GOP debate in August.
“I have zero respect for Megyn Kelly,” Trump said. “I don’t think she’s good at what she does and I think she’s highly overrated. And frankly, she’s a moderator; I thought her question last time was ridiculous.”
Kelly is also set to moderate Thursday night’s debate on Fox News. (Read more from “Trump Refuses to Reconsider Debate in Fiery Fox Interview” HERE)