[Ed. – Trump would probably “win” this round, in the sense that his absence would come with a significant ratings dip for the Fox debate broadcast. But if he’s being courted by the GOP establishment now, might this threat be more of a negotiating position? — i.e., to get Fox to edge out Megyn Kelly, so he can participate without losing face? The larger question is why these stupid spats are taking center stage.]
Donald Trump says he’s not certain he’ll participate in Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate because he doesn’t think Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly is capable of treating him fairly.
Speaking Monday on CNN’s “Situation Room,” Trump went on a diatribe against Kelly, provoking anchor Wolf Blitzer to ask him he was certain to participate in Thursday’s Fox News debate.
The party front-runner said he “probably” would participate, but that “nothing is 100 percent” yet.
“I’m not 100 percent, I’ll see,” Trump said. “If I think I’m going to be treated unfairly I’ll do something else. But I don’t think she can treat me fairly, actually. I think she’s very biased and I don’t think she can treat me fairly.”
“But that doesn’t mean I don’t do the debate,” he continued. “I like doing the debates. I’ve won every single debate according to every single poll … so I want to do the debates, they’re good for me. But I don’t think she can treat me fairly and I’m not a big fan of hers. Maybe I know too much about her.”