Donald Trump argues that his decision to sit out of Fox’s Republican debate is based on his perception that moderator Megyn Kelly is biased against him. In an Instagram video posted yesterday, he asked, “Do you really think she can be fair at a debate?” His skepticism is rooted in frustration over a question Kelly posed in an August GOP debate:
“You’ve called women you don’t like, ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ slobs,’ and ‘disgusting animals…Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?”
Trump responded poorly at the debate, dismissing Kelly’s question and touting his aversion to political correctness. In a subsequent interview, he told CNN’s Don Lemon, “You could see there was blood coming out of [Kelly’s] eyes…blood coming out of her wherever.” Online, he retweeted a tweet calling Kelly a “bimbo.” In essence, in combatting Kelly’s question, he proved its premise true.
He couldn’t help himself again this morning, when he tweeted, “I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct. Instead I will only call her a lightweight reporter!” As a self-proclaimed champion of political incorrectness, Trump sent a message here that was lost on no one. Which brings us back to August – and to the question that spurred Trump’s claims of Kelly’s bias against him. If there were any doubts that Kelly’s question about Trump’s disparaging comments toward women – and sexist temperament – was fair, Trump’s (repeated) sexist attacks on Kelly should remove them.
So maybe it’s fine that Trump sits out of Thursday’s debate. Kelly’s question has already been answered.