By Thomas Madison
Donald Trump is skipping Thursday’s scheduled Fox News debate. Wow! Caveat: I cannot vouch for the complete veracity of this report at this point, but it is yuuuuuuge news if factual, and would shake up this unconventional presidential election even more.
Independent Free Press may very well have a scoop here. However, in vetting the report, I could find only one semi-corroborating story. According to New York magazine, a highly credible source, “At least one Fox on-air personality reports hearing that Trump was ready to skip the debate. ‘Rumor has it if he does well tomorrow (Super Tuesday) he’s then going to blow it off,’ a politics contributor told me yesterday. When told of the possibility, one of the network’s hosts simply said, ‘Wow.’
UPDATE: I have received messages from a couple of people basically claiming that I am stupid, that Trump made this announcement last week. NO, he didn’t! Last week The Donald DID cancel his participation in Megyn Kelly’s hastily-put-together town hall conducted last Wednesday. Thus, those who have told me that I am reporting old news, please know what you are talking about BEFORE you embarrass yourself in public, and when you stand corrected, apologize or simply drop it. You were confused. It happens. Kelly’s tweet acknowledging Trump’s previous engagement, which prevented him from participating in her town hall, held last Wednesday….
Trump's team is correct-we only scheduled this last-minute. They were very polite & we're happy we'll see him in MI. https://t.co/zkp4l4ghrf
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) February 23, 2016
What does Trump have to gain from participating in this spectacle? Nothing but partisan potshots and misery. The only ones who stand to gain by Trump’s participation in Thursday’s debate are the assclowns at Fox News, who will reap millions in ratings and advertising cash.
What does Trump gain from participating in the debate? Nothing! He is already waaaaaay ahead in nearly all of the polling. In the latest national polling from CNN/ORC (2/29/16), Trump leads by a whopping 33 points nationally, with 49%, to second-place Rubio’s 16%. He may as well skip the debate and do something more meaningful, like another Wounded Warriors event. A night off for dinner with his beautiful family would be more meaningful, and God knows The Donald could use a break, even if for just a few hours.
In a move that will anger neocons in the media, Donald Trump will skip out on the next Fox News debate where Megyn Kelly is scheduled to be one of the moderators. Trump is expecting to win a majority of Super Tuesday primary states and according to inside campaign sources, there is no reason to continue doing debates that are set up like food fights and world wrestling federation events.
The campaign believes it serves no purpose to send Donald Trump into another ambush. There is real evidence that the moderators including Kelly, plan to start a narrative about something in Trump’s past business dealings. The information has been purposely taken out of context and may be completely fabricated.
Fox News has now had a history of using false or misleading information to frame questions that intentionally take the candidate or their views out of context. Fox may also be coordinating with other media outlets and so-called conservative talk radio programs.
In recent days, Glenn Beck has signaled that he wants to be aligned with Megyn Kelly in an attempt to damage Trump enough to allow Hillary Clinton to win the democratic nomination unscathed. Everyone involved understands that there is no path to the nomination for Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz unless a nuclear media bomb is dropped on Donald Trump.
Trump insiders have told The Independent Free Press that you will see a massive anti-Trump propaganda campaign being unleashed on Super Tuesday leading up to the Fox debate. But without Donald Trump, the debate will almost be a moot point unless all of the candidates on stage decide to help Fox in their efforts to destroy Trump.
The Trump strategy is to stay above the fray and stay on message. There will be more information on this story as it becomes available.