With his loss in Iowa behind him, Donald Trump admitted not attending the January Fox News Republican debates probably kept him from winning. Now, according to Brietbart, Trump has decided he will attend the March 3rd Fox News debates, even with Megyn Kelly as a moderator. Fox News confirmed earlier this week Megyn Kelly will be one of the moderators at the Republican presidential debates March 3 in Detroit Michigan, along with co-moderators Bret Baier and Chris Wallace.
Trump’s decision was made public on the February 5 airing of The Steve Malzberg Show on Newsmax TV. Pam Key of Brietbart quoted Trump as saying, “I will be there. I have no objection to being there. That had nothing to do with Megyn Kelly, the fact that I went out on the last one. It had to with a memo that was sent out by Fox that was a little bit taunting and I said it was inappropriate. What happened is because I didn’t do it I raised six million dollars for the vets. So I wouldn’t have changed places. I did the right thing.”
Trump appears in the quote to deflect concerns his history with Kelly had anything to do with his decision to not attend the Iowa Fox News Republican presidential debates. Critics have said his fundraiser for the vets was an effort to save face for bailing on the debates, pointing to the fact a week before the debates he was making disparaging comments about Kelly on Instagram
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The rift between Kelly and Trump started at the first Fox debate in 2015 when Kelly asked Trump the following opening question.
Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don’t use a politician’s filter. However, that is not without its downsides. In particular when it comes to women, you’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals …Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice that it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton who is likely to be the Democratic nominee that you are part of the war on women?
That question, and Trump’s comment after the debate intimating Kelly was having her menstrual cycle, fueled a rift which appeared to be one-sided, with Trump being very vocal about what he perceived as unfair treatment from Kelly.
Later, after it was announced Kelly would moderate the January 28 Fox News debate, Trump decided he would pull out of the Republican debates, just days before the Iowa caucus. Trump lost in the Iowa election to Ted Cruz with Trump admitting not attending the debates probably hurt him in the caucus.