O’Reilly to Trump: “That’s what America’s about! Robust debate! Don’t walk away from it!”

posted at 8:41 am on January 28, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Bill O’Reilly welcomed Donald Trump to his show in the middle of a showdown between the candidate and his network, and got right to business. “I don’t think not showing up in the debate tomorrow night is good for America,” O’Reilly told the GOP frontrunner after thanking him for keeping his word to make the appearance. Trump responded by attacking Barack Obama’s deal with Iran and Fox News for a childish, taunting press release, as well as declaring “zero respect” for Megyn Kelly.

It didn’t take long for O’Reilly to lose patience with Trump’s feelings on the matter. He refused to take the bait on Kelly, impatiently dismissing Trump’s comment that he’s tougher than Kelly, and focused back on the need to stand up and debate. Newt Gingrich got treated “much worse than you ever have” by CNN in 2012, O’Reilly recalled, and stood up and let them have it. Newt Gingrich won that exchange, and so did Trump in his first exchange with Kelly. “You gained in that!” O’Reilly exclaimed.

Note that O’Reilly, somewhat against expectations, defends Kelly and the other Fox moderators when Trump attacks them. In fact, O’Reilly stays in Trump’s face for most of the segment, and reminds Trump that he opened himself up for Kelly’s question by making derogatory comments about Carly Fiorina’s appearance, and that her question was fully “within journalistic bounds.” Trump starts getting steamed and asks for a change of subject, but O’Reilly sticks to his guns.

For that matter, so does Trump, as he kept trying to plug his event tonight. When Trump continues to insist that he’s doing something more important with his fundraiser for the troops, O’Reilly scornfully says, “Don’t give me that,” and declares that Fox News has partnered with him to raise more than $20 million for veterans. Trump still manages to get in at least three plugs on Fox for a competing event, which isn’t bad at all.

Neither man budges as the interview goes into the second segment, in which O’Reilly tells Trump that he needs to stop being so self-centered. At one point, O’Reilly wonders whether Trump wants to give the impression that he’ll let petty issues derail him from doing what’s right, but Trump responds that he won’t “be taken advantage of,” and that he won’t allow others to do the same with the country — a pretty good answer, frankly. O’Reilly finally tries trading on his own personal relationship with Trump to get him back into the debate — because, milkshakes, or something:

Give O’Reilly a lot of credit. Many interviewers have played along with Trump, happy to just get him on their show. He challenged Trump every step of the way, and may have conducted the toughest interview Trump has had in the cycle. Trump held up pretty well, but it’s difficult to come away from this with any other impression than Trump just wants to hold a petty grudge, and even milkshakes from O’Reilly won’t change his mind.

Here’s the full interview:

Update: Left off part of a sentence in the original; it’s fixed now.


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Schadenfreude on January 28, 2016 at 12:23 PM

All you need to know about Fox

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2016 at 12:24 PM

I base it on Gary’s fixation on Both Cruz and Rubio.

I’m a big boy. I lobbed it. I stand by it.

portlandon on January 28, 2016 at 11:54 AM

Trump(32) Cruz(25) & Rubio (18) are polling highest, or that doesn’t matter to you?

Jason58 on January 28, 2016 at 12:25 PM

LashRambo on January 28, 2016 at 10:57 AM

ARE YOU STUCK ON STUPID?

Megyn Kelly was caught commenting on Twitter how she planned to change the race so that Trump wasn’t ahead. Fox was caught inviting an illegal alien and a loudly anti-Trump Muslim activist as questioners. Fox proclaimed they would cut Trump’s microphone if he responded too forcefully. THOSE ARE ALL FACTS cited by other commenters on other threads. Look them up.

IT WAS A F-ING SETUP! It was a setup from the beginning, proclaimed a setup by Fox, and anyone who isn’t stupidly blind or bought knew it!

GET OVER YOUR TRUMP HATRED AND FACE FACTS!

It would be idiotic for Trump (or anyone else) to knowingly walk into an ambush where you had no way to defend yourself. Trump did the only smart thing, and refused to play the game by corrupt referees.

I’m tired of explaining the obvious to willful IDIOTS like yourself. Get some common sense or shut the hell up. You bring nothing useful to discussions. You troll us with the dumbest of comments hoping to derail our candidate when you have no good thing to contribute about your own. You bring down the average IQ on this forum. And I award you no points.

dominigan on January 28, 2016 at 12:28 PM

Reid: ‘I’m kind of pulling’ for Trump
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) backpedaled Wednesday after joking that, among the current Republican presidential field, he’s considering backing Donald Trump for the nomination.

“Look, we’ve gotten along fine,” the Democratic leader told reporters. “With that bunch of people running, I’m kind of pulling for him.”

Reid made the remark after the GOP front-runner touted his ability to work with top Democrats in Congress, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), expected to be the next Senate Democratic leader.

Asked about Trump’s statement, Reid added, “Oh, I remember the good old days when he did a fundraiser or two for me.”
http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/267229-reid-im-kind-of-pulling-for-trump

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 12:43 PM

Trump wimped out. Megan Kelly hurt his feelings and Trump ran home so he could hide under his pillow.

Captain Kirock on January 28, 2016 at 12:45 PM

Trump does NOT owe the American people a “debate” — he owes them the opportunity to see how he would be as POTUS. Dropping out of the debate does that –some see it as a sign of strengrh (when the other party acts in bad faith you walk away –like Obama should have done with the Iran deal (s)) or a sign of weakness.
So BOR can have a seat.

Dark Star on January 28, 2016 at 12:46 PM

Huckabee has just announced that he’s signed on for the Trump counter-debate event. Yowsah!

tommyboy on January 28, 2016 at 12:48 PM

Trump simply showed America that he is smarter than your average politician. FOX News,possibly in an effort to hype the debate,possibly as part of a more nefarious conspiracy to destroy Trump’s candidacy,allowed a series of rumors and provocative press releases during the week leading up to the debate to set up the scenario that a trap was being set for trump at the debate. Megyn Kelly then flaunted her opposition to Trump by having some of the National Review Gang of 22 on her show to bash trump,followed up with progressive pig Michael Moore to give him the opportunity to do the same.Then the news comes out that three guest moderators would be also asking questions during the debate-a Muslim activist,an illegal alien, and a Black Lives Matter supporter.Why would Donald Trump ever set foot on a debate stage under those circumstances?

redware on January 28, 2016 at 12:49 PM

We’re counting on you to write it up for us the next day, because none of us will be watching.

Joseph K on January 28, 2016 at 12:06 PM

Have fun!

TBSchemer on January 28, 2016 at 12:52 PM

dominigan on January 28, 2016 at 12:28 PM

So would you say that Trump doesn’t have to respect the voters and explain why they should vote for him?

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 12:53 PM

Moron asks moron why he will not debate.

I’m sure it was a very thoughtful discussion.

NorthernRepublican on January 28, 2016 at 12:56 PM

Huckabee has just announced that he’s signed on for the Trump counter-debate event. Yowsah!

tommyboy on January 28, 2016 at 12:48 PM

Actually Huck is doing both. He will be at the early debate and then make an appearance at Trump’s campaign stop.

Captain Kirock on January 28, 2016 at 12:57 PM

LashRambo on January 28, 2016 at 10:57 AM

ARE YOU STUCK ON STUPID?

Megyn Kelly was caught commenting on Twitter how she planned to change the race so that Trump wasn’t ahead. Fox was caught inviting an illegal alien and a loudly anti-Trump Muslim activist as questioners. Fox proclaimed they would cut Trump’s microphone if he responded too forcefully. THOSE ARE ALL FACTS cited by other commenters on other threads. Look them up.

IT WAS A F-ING SETUP! It was a setup from the beginning, proclaimed a setup by Fox, and anyone who isn’t stupidly blind or bought knew it!

GET OVER YOUR TRUMP HATRED AND FACE FACTS!

It would be idiotic for Trump (or anyone else) to knowingly walk into an ambush where you had no way to defend yourself. Trump did the only smart thing, and refused to play the game by corrupt referees.

I’m tired of explaining the obvious to willful IDIOTS like yourself. Get some common sense or shut the hell up. You bring nothing useful to discussions. You troll us with the dumbest of comments hoping to derail our candidate when you have no good thing to contribute about your own. You bring down the average IQ on this forum. And I award you no points.

dominigan on January 28, 2016 at 12:28 PM

Go easy on him. He says he’s weak minded.

Maybe I’m weak-minded, but sometimes I’m persuaded by new ideas, or even, *gasp*, well-reasoned arguments.

LashRambo on January 17, 2016 at 12:51 PM

fossten on January 28, 2016 at 12:58 PM

Trump does NOT owe the American people a “debate” — he owes them the opportunity to see how he would be as POTUS. Dropping out of the debate does that –some see it as a sign of strengrh (when the other party acts in bad faith you walk away –like Obama should have done with the Iran deal (s)) or a sign of weakness.
So BOR can have a seat.

Dark Star on January 28, 2016 at 12:46 PM

And if he Jumps back in after his PR stunt, what will that show?

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 12:58 PM

Trump wimped out. Megan Kelly hurt his feelings and Trump ran home so he could hide under his pillow.

Captain Kirock on January 28, 2016 at 12:45 PM

Congrats, you just joined all the other groupthinkers in putting out another fact free post.

fossten on January 28, 2016 at 12:59 PM

Robert Reich’s Five Reasons Moonbats Prefer Trump to Cruz
Trump has persuaded some conservatives who were once high profile to climb aboard his train. But he will never top this endorsement — far left garden gnome Robert Reich has provided “five reasons Ted Cruz is even more dangerous than Donald Trump”:
1. He’s more fanatical. Trump is a bully and bigot but doesn’t hew to any sharp ideological line. Cruz is a fierce ideologue: He denies the existence of man-made climate change, rejects same-sex marriage, wants to abolish the Internal Revenue Service, believes the 2nd amendment guarantees everyone a right to guns, doesn’t believe in a constitutional divide between church and state, favors the death penalty, opposes international agreements, embraces a confrontational foreign policy, rejects immigration reform, demands the repeal of “every blessed word of Obamacare,” and takes a strict “originalist” view of the meaning of the Constitution.

2. Cruz is a true believer. Trump has no firm principles except making money, getting attention, and gaining power. …

3. He’s Smarter. Trump is no slouch but he hasn’t given any indication of a sharp mind. Cruz is razer-sharp [sic]…

4. He’s more disciplined and strategic. Trump is all over the place, often winging it, saying whatever pops into his mind. Cruz hews to a clear script and a carefully crafted strategy. …

5. Cruz is a loner who’s willing to destroy institutions. Trump has spent his career using the federal government and making friends with big shots.
– See more at: http://moonbattery.com/?p=68087

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 12:59 PM

I base it on Gary’s fixation on Both Cruz and Rubio.

I’m a big boy. I lobbed it. I stand by it.

portlandon on January 28, 2016 at 11:54 AM

Gary’s never said anything about their race. Only you. That means the one who’s fixated on race is you. The racist here is you.

fossten on January 28, 2016 at 1:01 PM

And if he Jumps back in after his PR stunt, what will that show?

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 12:58 PM

What information do you have that indicates he will do that? Or are you just wishcasting?

fossten on January 28, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Hypocrites and bullies. Just like Trumpy. They treat HotAir like their Trump Club treehouse and throw rocks at anybody who DARES pass by.

I shouldn’t expect any better. They treat Ed, Allah, and Jazz like garbage, blame everything on “SalemMedia conspiracies” anytime they post anything they don’t agree with. It’s a damn shame what this place has turned into. But I’ll be damned if they run me out.

libfreesMom on January 28, 2016 at 12:18 PM

So true.

Though I have to say, Jazz really gets on my nerves quite a bit. He’s more of an old, Southern, cultural conservative than a small-government conservative. He’s reached the age where he lives in constant nostalgia for “simpler” (i.e. more primitive) times, and he’s willing to use the government to make sure nobody advances faster than he’s comfortable with.

TBSchemer on January 28, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 12:59 PM

Why don’t you give us a few quotes from Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod too?

Joseph K on January 28, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Though I have to say, Jazz really gets on my nerves quite a bit. He’s more of an old, Southern, cultural conservative than a small-government conservative. He’s reached the age where he lives in constant nostalgia for “simpler” (i.e. more primitive) times, and he’s willing to use the government to make sure nobody advances faster than he’s comfortable with.

TDSchemer on January 28, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Calling one of the mods a racist now, are we? That’s effective.

Joseph K on January 28, 2016 at 1:03 PM

Trump wimped out. Megan Kelly hurt his feelings and Trump ran home so he could hide under his pillow.

Captain Kirock on January 28, 2016 at 12:45 PM

Congrats, you just joined all the other groupthinkers in putting out another fact free post.

fossten on January 28, 2016 at 12:59 PM

Can’t spin it any other way, can you? Trump wimped out. Just accept it and move on.

And I will offer my opinion on this site whether you agree with it or not.

Captain Kirock on January 28, 2016 at 1:06 PM

And if he Jumps back in after his PR stunt, what will that show?

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 12:58 PM

What information do you have that indicates he will do that? Or are you just wishcasting?

fossten on January 28, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Did you listen to the words of his spokesman on Fox last night?

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 1:08 PM

Gary’s never said anything about their race. Only you. That means the one who’s fixated on race is you. The racist here is you.

fossten on January 28, 2016 at 1:01 PM

Oh no. How will I ever live with myself now that Fossten feels this way.

Wipe your chin.

libfreesMom on January 28, 2016 at 1:08 PM

Yes, the media hates Trump so much that they are willing to put him on day and night and comment on every one of his idiotic tweets.

Good God, Trump fans are dense.

NorthernRepublican on January 28, 2016 at 1:09 PM

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 12:59 PM

Why don’t you give us a few quotes from Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod too?

Joseph K on January 28, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Have they also endorsed Trump?

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 1:09 PM

Oh no. How will I ever live with myself now that Fossten feels this way.

Wipe your chin.

libfreesMom on January 28, 2016 at 1:08 PM

Fossten the great Racial warrior. LOL.

portlandon on January 28, 2016 at 1:10 PM

Have they also endorsed Trump?

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 1:09 PM

No, and neither did Reich.

Both men would be disasters for America, but Cruz would be the larger disaster.

Another dim-bulb anti-Trumper who doesn’t know the definition of basic words, and doesn’t read what he posts.

Joseph K on January 28, 2016 at 1:14 PM

O’Reilly stood up for Megyn Kelly, yet he let Geraldo Rivera Jerry Rivers Spitty Mustachio get away with his disgraceful conduct toward Michelle Malkin without so much as batting his eyes.

So much for O’Reilly looking out for the folks, or anyone else except his own self-interest and self-aggrandizement. He looks out for Bill O’Reilly and The Brand. (Remind you of anyone?) I know that he does a lot of charity events and donates a good slice of his own personal take, but he isn’t shy about that either. (Remind you of anyone?).
He did do a pretty good job with last night’s interview though, except for the Kool-Aid milkshake bit. Trump held up his end as well.

All in all, it was pretty entertaining fare.

hillbillyjim on January 28, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Only an idiot would claim this.

A wimp would have allowed himself to be subjected to unfair moderators like Candy Crowley.

It took guts to give them an ultimatum.

blink on January 28, 2016 at 1:09 PM

No, a real leader stands up to them and calls them out. A real leader doesn’t run away and hide under his pillow and cry about how mean Megan Kelly is.

Captain Kirock on January 28, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Have they also endorsed Trump?

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 1:09 PM

No, and neither did Reich.

Both men would be disasters for America, but Cruz would be the larger disaster.

Another dim-bulb anti-Trumper who doesn’t know the definition of basic words, and doesn’t read what he posts.

Joseph K on January 28, 2016 at 1:14 PM

Fine, it’s a preference – doesn’t that bother you?

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 1:18 PM

Joseph K on January 28, 2016 at 1:14 PM

Do you have anything else besides nitpicking over words?

Does it bother you that those two gentlemen prefer Trump?

Yes or No?

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 1:24 PM

Hypocrites and bullies. Just like Trumpy. They treat HotAir like their Trump Club treehouse and throw rocks at anybody who DARES pass by.

I shouldn’t expect any better. They treat Ed, Allah, and Jazz like garbage, blame everything on “SalemMedia conspiracies” anytime they post anything they don’t agree with. It’s a damn shame what this place has turned into. But I’ll be damned if they run me out.

libfreesMom on January 28, 2016 at 12:18 PM

I tend to think of them as the basement dwellers that like to bully in anonymity, because their momma’s would wash their mouths out with soap if they tried to speak like this in public.

They’ve chased off many of the HA regulars that had been her for 10+ years, but even more amusing are the old timers that were the FIRST to wag their fingers at anyone that dared to get snippy in the forums, and now those people are driving the bus to crazy town, just as nasty as they can be- and they know who they are; Hypocrites, all of them.

BettyRuth on January 28, 2016 at 1:27 PM

Though I have to say, Jazz really gets on my nerves quite a bit. He’s more of an old, Southern, cultural conservative than a small-government conservative. He’s reached the age where he lives in constant nostalgia for “simpler” (i.e. more primitive) times, and he’s willing to use the government to make sure nobody advances faster than he’s comfortable with.

TBSchemer on January 28, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Huh?

Jazz Shaw is a heretical, Northeastern former RINO and the weekend editor at HotAir.com

hillbillyjim on January 28, 2016 at 1:28 PM

blink on January 28, 2016 at 1:23 PM

Is this the part where I’m supposed to insult you? Is that how these political discussions on the internet usually end for you?

Trump wimped out. Megan Kelly scares him. You can’t spin this any other way. Just accept it and move on.

Captain Kirock on January 28, 2016 at 1:40 PM

@Torcert –are you seriously stupid enough to contend that if thus turns out to be a OR stunt, as you contend, that would NOT show the American people how he would be as a POTUS?
Try to think of less idiotic questions if you’re going to respond to my posts; ie don’t come for me unless I send for you.

Dark Star on January 28, 2016 at 1:41 PM

They’ve chased off many of the HA regulars that had been her for 10+ years, but even more amusing are the old timers that were the FIRST to wag their fingers at anyone that dared to get snippy in the forums, and now those people are driving the bus to crazy town, just as nasty as they can be- and they know who they are; Hypocrites, all of them.

BettyRuth on January 28, 2016 at 1:27 PM

+100

They were going pretty hard at RWM & Twerp the other night. 2 long time commenters.

portlandon on January 28, 2016 at 1:41 PM

Fine, it’s a preference – doesn’t that bother you?

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 1:18 PM

Not really, and no.

Does it bother you that those two gentlemen prefer Trump?

Yes or No?

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 1:24 PM

Again, no.

Joseph K on January 28, 2016 at 1:57 PM

They were going pretty hard at RWM & Twerp the other night. 2 long time commenters.
portlandon on January 28, 2016 at 1:41 PM

I remember the same thing happening during the legendary Sarah Palin vs. Anti-Sarah Palin threads a few years back. Those thing could get to 1200 posts in a night.

tommyboy on January 28, 2016 at 1:57 PM

They were going pretty hard at RWM & Twerp the other night. 2 long time commenters.

portlandon on January 28, 2016 at 1:41 PM

We’ll just have to disagree. Don’t know about RWM, thought she wasn’t posting anymore. As for innocent twerp, she got fairly nasty real early on re anyone that supported trump. Not troll type but definitely “you’re all effed up if you don’t hate Trump as much as I do.”

arnold ziffel on January 28, 2016 at 2:01 PM

Joseph K on January 28, 2016 at 1:57 PM

What does that indicate about Trump?

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 2:02 PM

blink on January 28, 2016 at 1:54 PM

The deck wasn’t stacked against Trump. Quit your whining. Trump handled Megan Kelly very well in the last debates and he could do it again but because Trump is a small and petty man he was insulted and lost his nerve and wimped out. When things got tough, Trump crumbled. He went full wet noodle. It was easier for him to just not show up then to stand up to Megan Kelly.

You know how pathetic that sounds?

Captain Kirock on January 28, 2016 at 2:08 PM

What does that indicate about Trump?

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Nothing. But it says everything about you that you are waving Robert Reich around like some kind of authority, and linking to a Stormfront lite website to do it.

Joseph K on January 28, 2016 at 2:15 PM

Now Santorum and Huck have signed on to the Trump debate alternative event. Sheer genius. He will get higher ratings than Fox and his numbers will increase thanks to a public that’s as sick of the hostile gotcha media as he is. He’s playing everyone like a fiddle. Fox is the big loser (and their advertisers)

tommyboy on January 28, 2016 at 2:23 PM

I have to say that I am still for Cruz, but all this behind the scenes crap from Fox and MK is a disgrace. I retract any bad words I’ve had toward The Donald these past couple of days. He was right to decline attending the debate.

TeaTrekkie on January 28, 2016 at 2:23 PM

What does that indicate about Trump?

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 2:02 PM

What does this indicate about Trump?

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/01/28/rupert-murdochs-open-borders-wall-street-journal-warns-bad-sign-trump-is-following-jeff-sessions-lead/

dominigan on January 28, 2016 at 3:06 PM

Ha ha. I’m not whining. I’m telling you what Fox and Kelly Megan were doing. It’s funny how desperate you are to characterize it as whining WHILE you whine about Trump canceling his participation. Hilarious.

blink on January 28, 2016 at 3:12 PM

I’m not whining about Trump wimping out, I’m just calling it for what it is. A spade is a spade.

What’s sad is that deep down, you also know what Trump is doing is cowardly but your are too caught up in the game to admit it right now.

Captain Kirock on January 28, 2016 at 3:16 PM

O’Reilly “challenged” Trump? Nonsense. He groveled and begged, no doubt on orders from open borders boss Murdoch. The entire segment was embarrassing to watch. When Trump noted the insulting statement issued by Fox that prompted his decision to withdraw from the debate, O’Reilly, who does not want Fox viewers to even know about the statement, immediately brushed off the remark and moved on. Shameless.

Colony14 on January 28, 2016 at 3:31 PM

Fox arranges to have a Muslima Sanders supporter and an illegal immigrant lined up to ask questions at the debate, and Trump is the bad guy for not wanting to walk into an ambush? What nonsense! Would Hillary agree to appear in a debate with questions from Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey?

Colony14 on January 28, 2016 at 3:33 PM

No, you’re not. You’re BlTCHlNG that Trump canceled. You’re doing this because you wanted the deck stacked against him, but now he has robbed you of that – and that PlSSES you off.

blink on January 28, 2016 at 3:24 PM

Nonsense. I want to see a good debate with all the contenders. Having one of the leading candidates whine about the moderators and run home scared is embarrassing.

Trump has handled himself very well in most of the debates and I thought he always got the better of Megan Kelly in their exchanges. This is just a straight-up p*ssy move and you know it.

Captain Kirock on January 28, 2016 at 3:38 PM

It would be idiotic for Trump (or anyone else) to knowingly walk into an ambush where you had no way to defend yourself. Trump did the only smart thing, and refused to play the game by corrupt referees.

dominigan on January 28, 2016 at 12:28 PM

2011 NewsMax debates…
Moderated by (prospective Independent candidate) Donald Trump.

Trump wanted to BOTH referee AND play the game at the same time.
Now he whines about “corrupt referees”?

In 2011 when called on it he said you “lacked courage” if you wouldn’t let him referee AND play.

So, “corrupt referees”. Good in 2011 and bad in 2016?
What changed?

Or is this only good when Trump does it; as everything he touches magically becomes good; even if it’s terrible for anyone else to do it?

Do you have a third answer?
Feel free to go off book and explain why Trump can both moderate a Presidential debate AND run at the same time.
But partisan moderators are bad and must be stopped.

If you can square that circle; you’re a better Trump supporter than Trump.

gekkobear on January 28, 2016 at 3:43 PM

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Nothing. But it speaks volumes that you are waving Robert Reich around like some kind of authority, and linking to a Stormfront lite website to do it.

Joseph K on January 28, 2016 at 2:15 PM

No, I’m merely pointing out who the national Socialist Left would prefer.

I dare say your lack of intellectual abilities is severely highlighted by a tendency to use personal insults and bizarre false accusations.

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 4:01 PM

No, I’m merely pointing out who the national Socialist Left would prefer.

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 4:01 PM

Both men would be disasters for America, but Cruz would be the larger disaster.

Yup, you sure did.

Joseph K on January 28, 2016 at 4:06 PM

6 debates is not robust enough?

Romney skipped the very first R debate last time around.

Reagan skipped the last.

Yeah, let’s be like Romney. How’d that work out?

Oh yeah, it didn’t!

TexasDude on January 28, 2016 at 4:12 PM

and linking to a Stormfront lite website to do it.

Joseph K on January 28, 2016 at 2:15 PM

BTW, just what is that Reed herring supposed to signify?

Torcert on January 28, 2016 at 4:13 PM

Just because the press says it must be so, does not mean it truly must be!

TexasDude on January 28, 2016 at 4:14 PM

Not at all. If this really made Trump look bad, then you’d be happy about this development. Instead, you’re squealing like a pig.

blink on January 28, 2016 at 4:01 PM

Of course it made Trump look bad. It made the whole GOP look bad. Stop making excuses for Trump backing down and wimping out.

Captain Kirock on January 28, 2016 at 4:58 PM

LOL @ fox news, the gop and the other candidates beclowning themselves by standing with the msm and the establishment.

the are all unprincipled tools of the gop and their donor/owners

Bernie Sanders Supporter, Islamic-Advocate to Ask Question in Fox News GOP Primary Debate

GOP Debate’s Islamic-Advocate Questioner Also Is A Bernie Sanders Supporter
The Islamic advocate and fashion-blogger invited by Google and Fox to question the GOP’s 2016 candidates at the Jan. 28 debate is also a supporter of far-left 2016 candidate, Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders.

http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/01/28/2885208/

you just cant make this stuff up

Garyinaz66 on January 28, 2016 at 5:05 PM

I’m not. I’m just explaining why you’re so upset. I’m happy that Trump canceled. I’m happy that Trump is sending a message to the media. I’m happy – you’re upset. You’re the one whining.

blink on January 28, 2016 at 5:15 PM

Wow, talk about dishonest, selective editing.

You failed to address the entire point of my post: “Of course it made Trump look bad. It made the whole GOP look bad.”

Trump is most likely the GOP nominee and he is going to get hit upside the head with this every time he gets interviewed or has a debate with a female moderator. The thing is, Trump had done well with his exchanges with Megan Kelly. This was stupid. It was an unforced error.

Captain Kirock on January 28, 2016 at 5:51 PM

It made the whole GOP look bad.”

Captain Kirock on January 28, 2016 at 5:51 PM

So?

Joseph K on January 28, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Blink,

You’re whining because your candidate is an effing moron, and it’s really easy to point that out. Any other candidate would be sunk if they spewed the sh1t that Trump does. If anything, the deck is way too far stacked in Trump’s favor.

TBSchemer on January 28, 2016 at 8:16 PM

Apparently, you’re surprisingly ignorant of the fact that candidates always negotiate the terms and structure of a debate. There’s nothing wrong with a candidate being dissatisfied with the terms and structure.

blink on January 28, 2016 at 4:03 PM

So in 2012 it was 100% justified for everyone to drop out of Trump’s Newsmax debate; and Trump was an unfair jackhole for saying every GOP candidate who dropped out “lacked courage”?

Ok… so why shouldn’t I bring it up now?
Is it unfair to ask Trump to live by thew rules set down by Trump?

We need a President like that to “Make America Great Again”?
Because 8 years of a President like that just isn’t enough!

Nope, not seeing it.
But good luck selling that elsewhere.

gekkobear on January 29, 2016 at 10:59 AM

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