White House trolls Trump: Obama never backed out of a debate, you know; Update: Or did he?

posted at 6:01 pm on January 27, 2016 by Allahpundit

We’re in year eight of Hopenchange. Honestly, this is the best possible use of this guy’s time at this point.

Whether or not he succeeds in making America great again, Trump has already succeeded in making trolling great again. He’s been trolling his opponents expertly, none more so than Jeb Bush, for seven months. This weekend he trolled Megyn Kelly to the point where Fox PR started trolling him back, much to the annoyance of Trump fans. Now he’s got Josh Earnest trolling, and not for the first time. Ted Cruz? Yep, he’s trolling too:

No one, however, out-trolls the master:

No response yet from Cruz as I write this, although presumably when he chimes in it’ll be with something like, “Anytime, anywhere. You bring the mics and maple syrup, I’ll bring the podiums and poutine, hoser.” Trump also dribbled this one out earlier this morning, which I suppose qualifies as “trolling” even though it’d be treated as a serious offense if someone made the same insinuation about a woman who’s allied with populist righties:

“Bimbo” is mild compared to what some Trump fans are dropping on Kelly on social media today, which is odd because she hasn’t pushed back much as Trump has attacked her. His main antagonists are Ailes and Fox PR; Kelly’s “offense” is simply refusing to recuse herself from the debate in accordance with the wishes of His Yugeness.

A debate’s been swirling all day on social media over whether this is a joint Fox/Trump PR stunt that’ll all be resolved with a deus-ex-machina compromise tomorrow at noon that ensures his participation in the debate or whether Trump really is PO’d at Fox for sniping at him. I think there’s a chance it started off as a joint op, whether overt or tacit, and Fox ended up bruising Trump’s ego by essentially calling him chicken for wavering on facing Kelly. One thing you don’t do to a guy who’s wholly invested in his alpha-male status is question his guts. At that point, maybe Trump felt he had to call Fox’s bluff — and now Ailes, with his own alpha-male status under scrutiny, feels he can’t afford to back down by apologizing to Trump or else Trump will own him. That’s the best reason to think Trump really won’t show tomorrow night, even though it’s in his political interest to take part. If you don’t like that theory, though, try this one, which is clever and just Machiavellian enough to be plausible:

Would he rather lose Iowa and have to seem weak by making excuses or lose Iowa with a tangible reason that he can echo with his whining about everything being unfairly stacked against him? Remember, he has very little that he can gain from a debate containing substance and this debate will likely focus more on substantive issues than any of the previous debates. He’s good when the topics are fighting ISIS or sealing the border but he fails when they ask him tough question such as how to fix the nuclear triad.

If he wins Iowa without the debate, he’s in the strongest possible position to win the nomination. If he loses but has the Fox News asterisk to place next to his defeat, he’ll attempt to turn that into momentum for New Hampshire and beyond. This cannot be allowed to play out as he has planned. People must be made aware of what he’s going to do so they can see it unfold with discernment. Otherwise, they’ll risk hearing his Pied Piper call.

He’s skipping the debate, in other words, to preemptively generate a convenient excuse in case he goes on to lose Iowa. I’ve thought all along that the excuse among Trump fans if he loses would be that the polls are rigged, even though there’s a mundane turnout explanation to account for why Trump might underperform. But blaming Fox and Kelly for kinda sorta “excluding” him from the final debate through relentless bias is a nice fallback excuse in case the “rigged!” one doesn’t gain much traction. Gotta be someone’s fault if/when Trump fails, and it certainly can’t be Trump’s.

Exit question via Patrick Ruffini: According to Trump’s campaign manager, they’re working with another network to carry Trump’s event opposite the debate live on television. Did any cable outlets offer Rand Paul a deal like that when he boycotted the last undercard debate?

Update: No turning back now, I guess: A reader e-mails to note that Trump’s campaign website is advertising an event tomorrow night in Des Moines opposite the debate.

Update: Great catch by reader Aizen. Obama may not have “backed out” of a debate after saying he’d attend, but at least one tentatively scheduled Democratic debate in 2008 — to be moderated by Katie Couric — had to be canceled when Obama refused to commit to it. And Obama, Hillary, and John Edwards all refused to participate in a scheduled Fox News debate in 2007 as a sort of mass pander to Fox-hating lefties.


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So when is he going to accept the debate offer/challenge from NRA’s Wayne LaPierre?

dentarthurdent on January 27, 2016 at 6:04 PM

They had debates back then? Who knew??

dougmva on January 27, 2016 at 6:04 PM

WH not smart, but full of ugly trolls.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-F97HpmD38&feature=youtu.be

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2016 at 6:06 PM

Contrast with Obama is a bad thing?

Lolo on January 27, 2016 at 6:07 PM

Not defending Trump, but why should Obama pull out of a debate when he is the “news” media “moderators'” poster boy?

WannabeAnglican on January 27, 2016 at 6:07 PM

so what?

obama is a beta dog anyway!

TRUMP 2016
The Alpha Dog for the US of A

Pragmatic on January 27, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Actually, Obama did back out of a debate; against Missus Clinton in the 2008 North Carolina primary, to have been moderated by Katie Couric. That was shortly after Obama bombed in that pre-Pennsylvania primary ABC debate which had been hosted by Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos. Barack became afraid of Nurse Ratched, and I could understand why.

Aizen on January 27, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Limbaugh: Stunned at FNC acting as if it was jilted at the altar

Some guy not even present will end up owning the entire event, and the proof of that is Fox News last night. I have to tell you, folks, this is where this gets tough for me. I was stunned watching Fox News last night. Fox News was acting like they had been jilted at the altar. If it had been me — and this is easy to say — if it had been me and Donald Trump makes a big to-do about not showing up for the debate, report the story and move on. Talk about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Go talk about the other candidates. Go talk about Hillary and the FBI. There’s a lot of news out there. But don’t devote the rest of the night to how a candidate’s not showing up because of you. I mean, the network, not just Megyn Kelly.

More Rush…

“Trump is not that hard to understand if you pay attention to him and read his books,” Limbaugh explained. “In The Art of the Deal, one of the things that he makes a huge deal about is being able to know when to walk away and have the guts and the courage to do it.”

I mean, there could be some personal things going on here that I don’t know about. But just from the standpoint of knowing Trump, reading his book, and seeing how he operates elsewhere, in his mind, screw the rules, screw what’s expected, screw ‘This is just the way you do it.’ I’m not gonna put myself in a position [to] go where I’m gonna be treated unfairly. I don’t have to. I’m Donald Trump. Anybody can do this.

Of course, has Barack Obama ever been on the receiving side of a debate moderator biased against him? I don’t recall – but I do recall when one blatantly lied in order to protect him.

Athos on January 27, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Trump was going to be set up for an ambush with that muslim activist invited to confront him. The whole thing was going to be a trap.

No other candidate has ever been set up. No other candidate has had to deal with that. And certainly, Obama was never entered a debate knowing the network was going to ambush him with say, oh, a survivor from an eastern bloc communist dictatorship who would get to confront him about his communist pals.

This is what Trump is dealing with.

HugoDrax on January 27, 2016 at 6:10 PM

Exit question via Patrick Ruffini: According to Trump’s campaign manager, they’re working with another network to carry Trump’s event opposite the debate live on television

Would that qualify as an unsanctioned event per the RNC? If so, Trump’s automatically disqualified from any further debates. Provided the RNC has the balls to hold Trump to agreements that he’s signed, which they don’t.

KingGold on January 27, 2016 at 6:10 PM

Yeah, and Dear Leader never made a billion dollars nor built a single building nor ever held a private sector job nor ever employed a single person.

President Loser from Loserville ought not contrast himself with his betters publicly.

orangemtl on January 27, 2016 at 6:11 PM

Trump/Drama ’16!

portlandon on January 27, 2016 at 6:11 PM

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/18035439/ns/politics/t/obama-clinton-skip-fox-backed-debate/#.VqkvFVMrKlM

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will not participate in a Democratic debate co-hosted by Fox News Channel this fall, campaign aides indicated Monday.

The decision by the two Democratic presidential candidates follows an announcement last week by John Edwards, another White House contender, that he would forgo the Fox event.

The Sept. 23 debate, set for Detroit, is co-sponsored by the cable news network and by the Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute.

Without Obama, Clinton and Edwards, however, Fox and the CBC institute would be missing three of the marquee contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Obama and Clinton aides said they intended to participate in six debates sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee. The DNC’s list did not include the Fox News-CBC Institute debate, a concession to liberal and black activists who say Fox has slighted blacks and is biased in favor of conservatives

huh…
h/t twitchy

dmacleo on January 27, 2016 at 6:11 PM

Didn’t all the Democrats, Clinton included scurry away from a Fox hosted debate?

rob verdi on January 27, 2016 at 6:12 PM

Zero Republican candidates aspire to be Obama. Troll fail.

Cindy Munford on January 27, 2016 at 6:12 PM

How many were on Fox?

Jason58 on January 27, 2016 at 6:12 PM

“Bimbo” is mild compared to what some Trump fans are dropping on Kelly on social media today,

‘Bimbo’ is mild compared to what some Trump fans were dropping on Kelly on THIS SITE yesterday and the day before and the day before that.

Full disclosure: I defended Trump against Megyn after the first debate and especially the stupid ‘blood coming out of her whatever.’ I also defended him in Schlongate.

Lime in the Coconut on January 27, 2016 at 6:12 PM

Would that qualify as an unsanctioned event per the RNC? If so, Trump’s automatically disqualified from any further debates. Provided the RNC has the balls to hold Trump to agreements that he’s signed, which they don’t.

KingGold on January 27, 2016 at 6:10 PM

Only if it’s “another debate”, like what Cruz is demanding.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2016 at 6:13 PM

Trump was going to be set up for an ambush with that muslim activist invited to confront him. The whole thing was going to be a trap.

This is what Trump is dealing with.

HugoDrax on January 27, 2016 at 6:10 PM

Trump can’t stand up to a couple of muslim activists? Really?

If that were True, Trump would be shouting it from the roof tops. So instead, it makes him look better that he’s boycotting a debate because of……Megyn Kelly?

libfreesMom on January 27, 2016 at 6:13 PM

He just tossed the question to his girl Candy when the going got tough.

RickB on January 27, 2016 at 6:13 PM

Trumps is owning them all simultaneously. the total humiliation of the media and the political class that I so much hate is mesmerizing me. I feel its Christmas. very well done Mr Trump! 5 stars!

nathor on January 27, 2016 at 6:13 PM

Let’s debate your hidden grades at Hahvahd mmmkay, Dog Eater?

Hand ’em over…

viking01 on January 27, 2016 at 6:14 PM

AllahP

didn’t Obama threaten to drop if Fox moderated a debate?

I cant remember..

EricPWJohnson on January 27, 2016 at 6:15 PM

Trump/Drama win and fun ’16!

portlandon on January 27, 2016 at 6:11 PM

nathor on January 27, 2016 at 6:15 PM

Greta ran a “will you watch the debate” and 87% said “No”.

Bowling pleading with Trump, who’s not coming back.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2016 at 6:16 PM

Nor did Trump add $10 trillion to the national debt … yet.

ShainS on January 27, 2016 at 6:18 PM

Twofer

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/692479630931001349

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2016 at 6:18 PM

Trump can’t stand up to a couple of muslim activists? Really?

Sure he can, but why should he? Why should he put himself in a situation engineered to make him look bad? He is leading the polls, why knowingly walk into their trap, only hoping that he can come out unscathed?

HugoDrax on January 27, 2016 at 6:18 PM

Let’s go to the transcript, Candy….

d1carter on January 27, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Obama knows what’s going on with Trump, but has no idea what’s going on in his own administration.

Magicjava on January 27, 2016 at 6:19 PM

AllahP

didn’t Obama threaten to drop if Fox moderated a debate?

I cant remember..

EricPWJohnson on January 27, 2016 at 6:15 PM

I do recall this from 2007:

Clinton, Obama Shun C.B.C.-Fox Debate

ShainS on January 27, 2016 at 6:21 PM

Check out Greta’s poll
http://gretawire.foxnewsinsider.com/poll/yes-or-no/

Goodness! Will we survive until Election Day?

Trump and Kanye dominated social media today. I couldn’t tell you anything else that happened in the world today

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on January 27, 2016 at 6:21 PM

Back out of a debate? As long as he had Crowley willing to step in and tell Romney that he was lying, I’m surprised King Barry didn’t try to schedule a few more.

Kataklysmic on January 27, 2016 at 6:22 PM


MURDOCH NUDGES BLOOMBERG TO RUN…

I loathe Nanny Doomberg.

I wonder if Trump still wants to talk with Murdoch?

Lime in the Coconut on January 27, 2016 at 6:22 PM

she hasn’t pushed back much as Trump has attacked her

Too easy:
Megyn Kelly’s OBSESSIVE hate for Donald Trump

A debate’s been swirling all day on social media over whether this is a joint Fox/Trump PR stunt

Maybe among the NR-ish self-proclaimed intellectual powerhouse-types of one twitter circle, others just don’t seem to be nearly as clueless.
Fox issued official Press statements attacking Trump. Which network that wants to be taken as a serious news organization does that?

whatcat on January 27, 2016 at 6:22 PM

Trump is a BOSS!! In a slang way… Not your boss at work..anyway

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on January 27, 2016 at 6:23 PM

Trump is a pit bull and Obama is yapper dog living in a West Hollywood hotel. My money is on the pit bull.

Oil Can on January 27, 2016 at 6:23 PM

If memory serves, didn’t both Hillary and Obama back out of something on Fox? If not debates, then the Sunday morn show or the like?

whatcat on January 27, 2016 at 6:24 PM

Cruz needs to join the boycott…

d1carter on January 27, 2016 at 6:25 PM

Trump is a pit bull and Obama is yapper dog living in a West Hollywood hotel. My money is on the pit bull.

Oil Can on January 27, 2016 at 6:23 PM

unfortunately, obama will not be on the ballot. we have contempt ourselfs with the eviceration of the hilldebeast by the pit bull.

nathor on January 27, 2016 at 6:26 PM

Good job Aizen. See Update.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2016 at 6:26 PM

Update: Great catch by reader Aizen. Obama may not have “backed out” of a debate after saying he’d attend, but at least one tentatively scheduled Democratic debate in 2008 — to be moderated by Katie Couric — had to be canceled when Obama refused to commit to it. And Obama, Hillary, and John Edwards all refused to participate in a scheduled Fox News debate in 2007 as a sort of mass pander to Fox-hating lefties.

Don’t tell me Josh lied again..?

d1carter on January 27, 2016 at 6:27 PM

In 2008, the moderators were openly rooting for Nobama and pampering him at every debate. It was so bad, SNL lampooned it several times. Finally, at a debate in Pennsylvania, former Clinton hack George Stephanopoulos asked Nobama about his relationship with Bill Ayers, and brought up his earlier refusal to wear a U.S. flag lapel pin.

Nobama and his cultists went ballistic, whined about it for days, and Nobama never debated in the primary again. They canceled another debate that was scheduled in Indiana.

TarheelBen on January 27, 2016 at 6:27 PM

AllahP

didn’t Obama threaten to drop if Fox moderated a debate?

I cant remember..

EricPWJohnson on January 27, 2016 at 6:15 PM

Yes, that seems right – I seem to recall both Obama and Clinton backing out.

whatcat on January 27, 2016 at 6:27 PM

Hey Allah, as an esteemed member of the press can you ask little Joshy Ernest for clarification?

Cindy Munford on January 27, 2016 at 6:29 PM

Aizen on January 27, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Was it a North Carolina debate that was canceled? I know Indiana and North Carolina were at about the same time.

TarheelBen on January 27, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Rush is still in Trump’s corner and thinks skipping the debate is a great idea. You could have 222 intellectuals sputter angrily in National Review, but if they can’t convince Rush, then Rubio/Cruz/Bush have no chance in a GOP primary. Might as well get behind the frontrunner.

Trump Refuses to Play by the Rules

Trump is so far outside the formula that has been established for American politics that people who are inside the formula can’t comprehend it. They don’t understand why somebody would want to venture so far outside it, because it is what it is, and there’s a ladder of success that you have to climb. And somebody challenging it like this in more ways than one, as Trump is doing, has just got everybody experiencing every kind of emotion you can: They’re angry, they are flabbergasted, they’re shocked, they’re stunned — and all of it because he’s leading.

sauldalinsky on January 27, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Fox News Boss Hits Edwards’ Boycott
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/fox-news-boss-hits-edwards-boycott

I believe Clinton and Obama followed Edward’s lead.

AP should know by now not to believe anything that comes out of the WH.

whatcat on January 27, 2016 at 6:31 PM

unfortunately, obama will not be on the ballot. we have contempt ourselfs with the eviceration of the hilldebeast by the pit bull.

nathor on January 27, 2016 at 6:26 PM

Something tells me that Obama won’t be able to keep his noise out of it. These guys will be trading insults all the way to November.

Oil Can on January 27, 2016 at 6:32 PM

Clinton, Obama to Skip Fox-Sponsored Debate
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/09/AR2007040901115.html

whatcat on January 27, 2016 at 6:33 PM

Update: Great catch by reader Aizen. Obama may not have “backed out” of a debate after saying he’d attend, but at least one tentatively scheduled Democratic debate in 2008 — to be moderated by Katie Couric — had to be canceled when Obama refused to commit to it. And Obama, Hillary, and John Edwards all refused to participate in a scheduled Fox News debate in 2007 as a sort of mass pander to Fox-hating lefties.

It was Nobama who refused to debate again after a Pennsylvania debate when Stephanopoulos asked him a couple of questions he didn’t like. One was about Bill Ayers, another about his not wearing a flag lapel pin. Nobama and his supporters whined about it for days.

TarheelBen on January 27, 2016 at 6:34 PM

Good job Aizen. See Update.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2016 at 6:26 PM

My life is complete.

Obama may not have “backed out” of a debate after saying he’d attend, but at least one tentatively scheduled Democratic debate in 2008 — to be moderated by Katie Couric — had to be canceled when Obama refused to commit to it.

I also seem to remember Team O initially saying that he would “wait and see” before “committing” to the North Carolina debate. Obama lost PA by 10%, I think, which was worse than what most of the polls suggested at the time.

So, the Clintons succeeded in bloodying him up. Of course he wouldn’t commit.

Aizen on January 27, 2016 at 6:35 PM

Yeah, but when Obama did it, that was different.
Because Democrat.

orangemtl on January 27, 2016 at 6:36 PM

On Fox, Dr. K seemed to have some trouble getting out the party line….

d1carter on January 27, 2016 at 6:38 PM

Was it a North Carolina debate that was canceled? I know Indiana and North Carolina were at about the same time.

TarheelBen on January 27, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Yup. It was NC, see Allahpundit’s link:

The North Carolina debate would have been the 22nd match-up between the two Democratic contenders, and it remains to be seen whether Obama will agree to another forum after Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary. His performance in the last forum, hosted by ABC on April 16, was widely regarded as his weakest yet.

The Indiana and North Carolina primaries were on the same day, I believe (May 6).

Aizen on January 27, 2016 at 6:38 PM

The empty podium will be the perfect representation of Trump.

Tater Salad on January 27, 2016 at 6:40 PM

Full disclosure: I defended Trump against Megyn after the first debate and especially the stupid ‘blood coming out of her whatever.’ I also defended him in Schlongate.

Lime in the Coconut on January 27, 2016 at 6:12 PM

I did as well. How much good will from Trumpettes Syndromers did it earn you?

Constitutionalist on January 27, 2016 at 6:40 PM

The Gibson/Stephanopoulos ABC debate on April 16, 2008 was the one where Obama uttered the now-(in)famous comment about “fairness” in regard to raising the capital gains tax rate even though it would result in less revenue.

A doctrinaire Democrat said “sticking it to the rich” is more important than having more revenue needed to fund the left-wing social programs that people like Obama champion.

No wonder Obama skipped further debates.

Aizen on January 27, 2016 at 6:42 PM

Wait–are we talking about getting stood up for a date? Meegyn wants The Donald, sexually.

Christien on January 27, 2016 at 6:47 PM

The empty podium will be the perfect representation of Trump.

Tater Salad on January 27, 2016 at 6:40 PM

A cardboard cutout behind the podium.

libfreesMom on January 27, 2016 at 6:47 PM

So someone finally tries to make the journalists accountable and has the balls to punish them and we have idiots screaming.

No wonder a few Candy Crowley and Gwen Ifil types rule us.

SpongePuppy on January 27, 2016 at 6:49 PM

A cardboard cutout behind the podium.

libfreesMom on January 27, 2016 at 6:47 PM

Not a bobble head?

Constitutionalist on January 27, 2016 at 6:50 PM

Didn’t McCain want to have like 6 debates with Obama, but Obama refused and they only had 2-3? I recall McCain saying something like that, anyway.

Buckshot Bill on January 27, 2016 at 6:53 PM

It’s fun to watch the Trump haters uselessly thrash about unable to derail the Trump juggernaut. Nay, the more their sphincters pucker the higher Trumps numbers rise.

SpongePuppy on January 27, 2016 at 6:53 PM

So someone finally tries to make the journalists accountable and has the balls to punish them and we have idiots screaming.

No wonder a few Candy Crowley and Gwen Ifil types rule us.

SpongePuppy on January 27, 2016 at 6:49 PM

Is it Candy or Gwen he is punishing?
You do not punish the good ones for the crimes of the bad ones and if you do, you should never expect to see any good ones.

Constitutionalist on January 27, 2016 at 6:55 PM

You can scream chicken all day long, AllahP, but how come no one is talking about Fox trying to ambush Trump with a Muslim woman and two others?

Why not invite family members of those killed by illegals to question Rubio and Jeb? Why not invite those who have lost their jobs due to imported cheap labor come ask the GOPe candidates about their love for unlimited import of cheap labor?

You know, two can play at this game.

TheRightMan on January 27, 2016 at 6:55 PM

The government media complex is having squirts over this.

SpongePuppy on January 27, 2016 at 6:56 PM

Dastardly Don Stands Up Marvelous Meg…Film at 11.

Christien on January 27, 2016 at 6:56 PM

That’s the face of a guy who got one wedgie too many in high school.

CurtZHP on January 27, 2016 at 6:57 PM

For me Fox is acting like a bunch of liberals, promoting Kelly as a strong independent female voice and threatened victim all that the same time. Ridiculous.

Cindy Munford on January 27, 2016 at 6:58 PM

Besides Wells Fargo, have any other advertisers pulled their ads from the FOX “undercard” debates?

Buckshot Bill on January 27, 2016 at 7:01 PM

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Nicole Coulter on January 27, 2016 at 7:08 PM

O/T, but Obama-enabled

Anger As Christian Hymn Renamed ‘Allah’s Love Is Wonderful’ At School

Austrian authorities are investigating after children were sent home from a kindergarten with homework to learn the words to a Christian hymn, which had the word ‘God’ replaced with ‘Allah’.

The Austrian parent of one child at the Muslim majority school in Oberösterreich complained after he found the handout given to his daughter with the words and musical notation for the popular German children’s hymn ‘Gottes liebe ist so wunderbar’ (God’s love is so wonderful) had been edited and photocopied with new lyrics.

The school claimed they made the change to ‘Allah’s liebe ist so wunderbar’ to satisfy the majority of 10 year old pupils in the class, who are Muslim, reports Kronen Zeitung. While ‘Allah’ translates literally as God from Arabic, the angry father protested that schools simply cannot go about re-writing Christian hymns.

The Austrian schools inspectorate has called the teacher of the class and the principal in for discussions over the incident.

Senator Philip Bluster on January 27, 2016 at 7:09 PM

Constitutionalist on January 27, 2016 at 6:55 PM

Wow. You don’t see the connection between Megyn Kelly, Gwen Ifil and Candy Crowley?

Trump is punishing Kelly you dufus.

SpongePuppy on January 27, 2016 at 7:10 PM

Cindy Munford on January 27, 2016 at 6:58 PM

I agree Munford.

SpongePuppy on January 27, 2016 at 7:11 PM

I did as well. How much good will from Trumpettes Syndromers did it earn you?

Constitutionalist on January 27, 2016 at 6:40 PM

For a taste, start here: http://hotair.com/archives/2016/01/27/cruz-to-trump-show-up-on-thursday-or-youre-disrespecting-iowans/comment-page-3/#comments

Lime in the Coconut on January 27, 2016 at 7:11 PM

Would that qualify as an unsanctioned event per the RNC? If so, Trump’s automatically disqualified from any further debates. Provided the RNC has the balls to hold Trump to agreements that he’s signed, which they don’t.

KingGold on January 27, 2016 at 6:10 PM

OH noes! Guess what Einstein, there ARE no more debates.

fossten on January 27, 2016 at 7:15 PM

I see it more as backing out of a,second date with Mattress Girl.

Buddahpundit on January 27, 2016 at 7:18 PM

You can scream chicken all day long, AllahP, but how come no one is talking about Fox trying to ambush Trump with a Muslim woman and two others?

Why not invite family members of those killed by illegals to question Rubio and Jeb? Why not invite those who have lost their jobs due to imported cheap labor come ask the GOPe candidates about their love for unlimited import of cheap labor?

You know, two can play at this game.

TheRightMan on January 27, 2016 at 6:55 PM

You don’t really need to ask; it’s just one in a never ending parade of double standards; rules which apply to conservatives never seem to apply to the parties, and their faithful hacks and shills.

Then they wonder why no one listens to them when they call Trump a liberal.

Doomberg on January 27, 2016 at 7:27 PM

BREAKING: Trump makes huge deal with Canada. We keep Bieber, they take back Cruz.

Christien on January 27, 2016 at 7:31 PM

That would be an epic counter-troll of Teddly Weddly.

Christien on January 27, 2016 at 7:32 PM

Obama may not have “backed out” of a debate after saying he’d attend, but at least one tentatively scheduled Democratic debate in 2008 — to be moderated by Katie Couric — had to be canceled when Obama refused to commit to it.

So the difference between Obama and Trump, is that they both think everyone else is going to drop what they’re doing and schedule their lives around them, but only Obama is right.

The Schaef on January 27, 2016 at 7:32 PM

OH noes! Guess what Einstein, there ARE no more debates.

fossten on January 27, 2016 at 7:15 PM

Uhhhh…..

Saturday, February 6, 2016
ABC News/IJReview Republican Debate
Aired On: ABC

Saturday, February 13, 2016
CBS News Republican Debate
Aired On: CBS

Thursday, February 25, 2016
CNN Republican Debate
Aired On: CNN

Thursday, March 10, 2016
CNN Republican Debate
Aired On: CNN

March, 2016*
Fox News Republican Debate
Aired On: Fox News Channel

libfreesMom on January 27, 2016 at 7:40 PM

IF Cruz was smart he’d bow out too. He’s going to be the one wearing the target now, and I don’t think Mr.Nasally Canadian has the chops to fend off multiple attacks and keep it all straight.

He can read a mean green eggs and ham though.

Andy__B on January 27, 2016 at 7:54 PM

You can scream chicken all day long, AllahP, but how come no one is talking about Fox trying to ambush Trump with a Muslim woman and two others?

Why not invite family members of those killed by illegals to question Rubio and Jeb? Why not invite those who have lost their jobs due to imported cheap labor come ask the GOPe candidates about their love for unlimited import of cheap labor?

You know, two can play at this game.

TheRightMan on January 27, 2016 at 6:55 PM

You don’t really need to ask; it’s just one in a never ending parade of double standards; rules which apply to conservatives never seem to apply to the parties, and their faithful hacks and shills.

Then they wonder why no one listens to them when they call Trump a liberal.

Doomberg on January 27, 2016 at 7:27 PM

As I said in the comments, would the DNC ever be stupid enough to allow Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin to ask questions at a Democratic debate?

If the answer is “no,” then you also will gain insight into why The Trumpster from the Black Lagoon is leading in the GOP polls right now.

ebrown2 on January 27, 2016 at 7:35 PM

ebrown2 on January 27, 2016 at 8:04 PM

Joshy and Bambi continue to make Roberts an honest man when he told Bambi “you lie” at the Sotu address

Goodie on January 27, 2016 at 8:14 PM

IF Cruz was smart he’d bow out too. He’s going to be the one wearing the target now, and I don’t think Mr.Nasally Canadian has the chops to fend off multiple attacks and keep it all straight.

He can read a mean green eggs and ham though.

Andy__B on January 27, 2016 at 7:54 PM

Yep, AP vomits up stupidity by refusing to recognize that Fox outed itself as a dishonest and partial participant in this debate, whatever one thinks of Count Trumpula.

The Donald would have been an idiot to show up and get ambushed by the YouTube Junior JV Leftist Squad. What, were Cenk Uygur, Onision and Anita Sarkeesian too busy and/or self-respecting to show up at a Fox debate?

ebrown2 on January 27, 2016 at 8:18 PM

Joshy and Bambi continue to make Roberts Wilson an honest man when he told Bambi “you lie” at the Sotu address

Goodie on January 27, 2016 at 8:14 PM

Fixed.

S. D. on January 27, 2016 at 9:53 PM

Josh Earnest needs a bat slap. Megyn K looked totally whipped n her show night. Apoplectic with Trump living in her mind.

wepeople on January 27, 2016 at 10:58 PM

Obama never won a debate either .. sure, MSM would declare him the “winner,” but anyone watching saw Hillary mopping the debate floors with Obama.

Karmi on January 28, 2016 at 8:50 AM

Newt Gingrich has the model on how to deal with unfair questions. In SC in 2012, he swatted down a question about his personal life as being out-of-bounds and irrelevant, admonished the CNN moderator (John Roberts, I think?), and moved forward. He went on to win the SC primary.

Trump should have shown up, dealt with any unfairness right then and there, and then moved forward. Now he comes of as looking petty and thin-skinned, particularly since he’s still complaining about a question from August.

HornHiAceDeuce on January 28, 2016 at 9:04 AM

A debate’s been swirling all day on social media over whether this is a joint Fox/Trump PR stunt that’ll all be resolved with a deus-ex-machina compromise tomorrow at noon that ensures his participation in the debate or whether Trump really is PO’d at Fox for sniping at him.

Neither.

Trump calculates that he has more to gain with Democrats who hate Fox News than he has to lose with Republican caucus/primary voters.

ITguy on January 28, 2016 at 10:10 AM

Obama, Hillary, and John Edwards all refused to participate in a scheduled Fox News debate in 2007 as a sort of mass pander to Fox-hating lefties.

And Trump is doing the same now.

ITguy on January 28, 2016 at 10:15 AM

It wouldn’t surprise me that Trump would buy Fox or start up his own radio/TV business. I would watch because I don’t watch anything any more on TV except mystery shows. We do not have real journalists nor reporters, just slugs who write poorly, have junk shows, etc. Newspapers the same. Not into socialism nor communism (been there, done that) but do keep up with the news via other sources. I want MY and YOUR AMERICA BACK and Trump is the only candidate that can do it and media/politicians/RINOS/DNC/liberals and socialists and communists are doing their best to block him and make him a comic book feature. Well, they are the comic book I no longer want in America, the Executive Office, Congress nor the Supreme Court because I value the freedom the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill for Rights and letters of the Founding Fathers which gave us the America I loved and right now fear is going down the tube to the NWO order and those who in government have made themselves insanely rich on our backs and want more and know Trump is going to turn off all that garbage because it is long past time to do it! Trump 2016

Roselle on January 28, 2016 at 11:41 AM