Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will skip the next GOP debate, according to his campaign.
"I probably won't be doing the debate. I'm going to have something else in Iowa," Trump said during a press conference.
Campaign manager Corey Lewandowski then confirmed to the The Washington Post that Trump will "definitely not" attend Thursday night's debate.
Instead Trump will host an event to raise funds for veterans.
Republican candidate Donald Trump has been mired in a feud with Fox News host Megyn Kelly ever since the first Republican presidential debate. Kelly criticized Trump’s degrading remarks regarding women, noting his previous references to certain women as “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals."
Trump did not respond well to the critique, infamously declaring that, “There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her… wherever.”
Kelly has said generously she wants to put the incident behind her, but Trump clearly does not agree.
He has recently alluded to the idea that he may not attend the final Republican debate (hosted by Fox News) before the Iowa Caucus due to Kelly’s presence as a moderator.
Trump told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that, “I don’t like her. She doesn’t treat me fairly.” A few days ago, Trump tweeted that “Based on @MegynKelly's conflict of interest and bias she should not be allowed to be a moderator of the next debate.”
Fox News sharply responded that, “Megyn Kelly has no conflict of interest. Donald Trump is just trying to build up the audience for Thursday’s debate, for which we thank him.”
This did not stop Trump. Regarding Kelly, Trump told “Good Morning America’s” George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday that, "I don't think she's professional at all…She's very biased against me."
In a statement to Mediate, Fox News satirically responded that, “We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president — a nefarious source tells us that Trump has his own secret plan to replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings.” Fox News CEO Roger Ailes added that Kelly was an “excellent journalist” and would “absolutely” be moderating the seventh GOP debate.
Trump even took his pathetic complaints to Twitter, asking his followers in a poll whether he should attend Thursday’s GOP debate. Users didn’t take well to this childish attitude; even Jeb Bush told Trump, “Do you know who else is scared of tough qs from Fox & @megynkelly? Barack Obama. Enough whining.”
Trump’s comments and polls are nothing more than a ploy to increase interest in his presence at the upcoming Republican debate. There is no doubt he will be attending, regardless of who acts as moderator.