Hmmm: Trump to appear on “O’Reilly Factor” tonight

posted at 1:21 pm on January 27, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Rapprochement, or escalation? Less than a day after firing off dueling and hyperbolic press releases, Donald Trump and Fox News Channel will reunite, at least for a few minutes. The Hollywood Reporter’s Ryan Parker broke the news of a big scoop from Fox anchor Bill O’Reilly in getting Trump on The Factor:

The billionaire businessman will be on ‘The Factor’ a day after dropping out of the primary debate.

Donald Trump will appear on Bill O’Reilly’s show on Wednesday amid a reignited feud between Fox News and the mogul.

The candidate’s campaign spokeswoman and a rep for the cable network confirmed the appearance to The Hollywood Reporter. No additional details were given.

The news comes a day after Trump said he would not be a part of the network’s latest debate after it mocked him in a statement.

Mediaite has also confirmed this latest twist in the tale. CNN’s Brian Stelter notes that this was scheduled prior to the flame war yesterday:

This might be serendipitous to both sides in the WWE-style slapfight. O’Reilly takes a calculated above-the-fray position on his show, which sometimes comes across as an affectation but may well be authentic on this issue. Sean Hannity offered to mediate the dispute last night as things were escalating, but O’Reilly might be a better middleman, given Hannity’s favorable treatment of Trump in the past. He might push Trump a little harder than Hannity, but also might be inclined to criticize his own network a little more at the same time — and it’s certainly earned some criticism over the last two days.

On the other hand, this might begin to look like a big put-on, a circus in which both sides are winking at each other while their publicists build tension for a showdown tomorrow night. Even without going that far, though, it’s difficult to imagine that either side can sustain their outrageous outrage for very long. Odds were already good that both sides would declare victory, and Trump would show up for the debate, and this appearance only makes that outcome more likely.  But why be cynical? Let’s celebrate this potentially healing development properly:


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We have to fight the national Socialist Left, let us not act like them.

Torcert on January 27, 2016 at 4:32 PM

We do and don’t project :)

You’re not may enemy.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2016 at 4:38 PM

my, not may, enemy

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2016 at 4:39 PM

Jazz thinks Trump skipping the debate is sound strategy because it “was going to be yet another situation where ….. but then he tripped over his schlong and fell on his face. …

Gelsomina on January 27, 2016 at 12:48 PM.

fossten on January 27, 2016 at 3:37 PM

You are really good at altering other people’s comments. The above one is as intelligent as it is witty.

Gelsomina on January 27, 2016 at 4:59 PM

I’d love to see it, but I’m not sure most Americans have any idea what the Chamber is, so I rather doubt he’ll hit them in public.

Doomberg on January 27, 2016 at 2:23 PM

It’d be a tactical error to confuse his supporters that way.

DarkCurrent on January 27, 2016 at 5:10 PM

Betas have a lot of problems when confronted by Alphas

jake-the-goose on January 27, 2016 at 5:15 PM

This was planned for a while and O’Reilly interviews are generally taped so my guess is this will happen.

Some noted the Drudge link that 83% of viewers won’t watch the GOP debate if Trump isn’t there.

That’s from Greta’s question of her viewers at the end of the show.

Of her 1.74 million viewers, 7000 responded that they would not watch. About 1000 responded they would.

I don’t think Fox has to worry too much.

I will guess, for the debate 10,000,000-12,000,000 viewers.

talkingpoints on January 27, 2016 at 5:25 PM

my, not may, enemy

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2016 at 4:39 PM

Understood…

And I’ve made the same mistakes myself – over and over *sigh*

Torcert on January 27, 2016 at 5:26 PM

There is a poll up on Fox’s Greta show
Yes
Or
No

On watching the debate

Just voted it was 87% no

Sweet

Greta wire some thing

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 27, 2016 at 5:39 PM

Breaking, the alternate venue is on.

http://www.donaldjtrump.com/schedule/

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2016 at 5:50 PM

Onward Torcert, bigger fish…

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2016 at 5:51 PM

The mystery of the #TrumpJump Deepens:

(CNSNews.com) – GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday that Trump’s decision not to take part in Thursday’s Fox News GOP presidential debate has nothing to do with Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

Torcert on January 27, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Bill will bring him back to the debate, Thus saving face for Trump

jake49 on January 27, 2016 at 6:06 PM

And now for something completely different..

Here’s a clip from some a New Hampshire “Coffee Tawlk” show, where Corey Lewandowski murders the pronunciation of the word “Legislature” about 20 times.

http://2paragraphs.com/2015/08/who-is-donald-trumps-campaign-manager-corey-lewandowski/

Tx_Gator on January 27, 2016 at 6:15 PM

He’s invested too much in this to backtrack and allow Kelly to be a moderator. If she is, he won’t be there.

Hope to see him announce on Fox’s airwaves his venue for his event tomorrow. That would frost their cookies.

jake1246 on January 27, 2016 at 6:15 PM

One thing I hate is all the states that go first get all the campaigning events.

It’s like the other states are a side show.

It ticks me off. We’re important too!

jake1246 on January 27, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Hannity has become Trump’s 10 pm whore. It has been disgusting to watch this devolution of Sean’s career.

Trump has never spent a dime or a day in support of conservative causes. Trump is a loathesome, hateful, divisive, and ignorant con artist.

matthew8787 on January 27, 2016 at 6:31 PM

(CNSNews.com) – GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday that Trump’s decision not to take part in Thursday’s Fox News GOP presidential debate has nothing to do with Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

Tune in next week to Days of our Trump to find out…..

libfreesMom on January 27, 2016 at 6:37 PM

BREAKING NEWS JUST ARRIVED IN MY INBOX:

Dear Nicole,

With just 5 short days before the Iowa Caucus, Mr. Trump will be holding a special event tomorrow night to benefit Veteran Organizations at Drake University – Sheslow Auditorium and we want you to be there! The address of the venue is 2507 Carpenter Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311. The doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and the event will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Register for tickets at TrumpDrakeU.Eventbrite.com.

Please arrive early and limit personal items to expedite entrance into the auditorium.

We hope that you will be able to attend this special rally in honor of our veterans. See you tomorrow!

Sincerely,

Team Trump

Nicole Coulter on January 27, 2016 at 6:52 PM

Tx_Gator on January 27, 2016 at 6:15 PM

Funny, I didn’t hear that big of a mispronunciation of that word.

I know I only listened to 5 minutes, but still.

The guy was a big deal with the Koch Bros. super pac. Can’t see him being uneducated.

I know I have trouble pronouncing Aluminum, not matter how many times I say it.

Such a small nitpicking item for you to post.

Barred on January 27, 2016 at 7:07 PM

Make sure Trump only invites veterans who were never captured.

He doesn’t like the POWs — they weren’t heroes.

Nor does Mr. Trump like women, minorities, the disabled, Latinos, immigrants, or anyone in the pro-life movement.

matthew8787 on January 27, 2016 at 7:09 PM

matthew8787 on January 27, 2016 at 6:31 PM

nah. Hannity’s always been a suck up.

He started out at ABC local following Rush. It’s like he recorded Rush and then spit it back out.

such a parrot. Even did the stage events.

he always interrupts (yeah even more than Rush) though so I couldn’t take him anymore. Then the tool got syndicated and he’s everywhere and on Fox.

Blech!

jake1246 on January 27, 2016 at 7:26 PM

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