New insights are coming out regarding Donald Trump and tomorrow night’s Fox News debate for the GOP presidential candidates. Not only did Fox News host Megyn Kelly share some anti-Trump laughs with noted liberal wacko Michael Moore, but it turns out there were several surprise guests in store for Trump at the debate. Does this sound like a set-up?
As reported in The Washington Post, Kelly didn’t have such a good day yesterday. First, she learned that Trump said, “No way, Jose,” to being part of a Fox News debate that included Kelly. Then, she went on her show and had a conversation with one of the most outspoken left-wingers in the country:
Enter Michael Moore — a man unlikely to shore up Kelly’s bona fides among conservatives. The liberal gadfly was on “The Kelly File” on Tuesday evening to promote a new film and weigh in on the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Mich., his home town.
But after Kelly introduced Moore’s “Where to Invade Next?” — in which, as Kelly put it in an opening that probably made many Fox viewers’ skin crawl, “Moore travels through Europe to highlight what he believes to be America’s shortfalls” — Moore didn’t want to talk about himself. For the man who hounded General Motors chief executive Roger Smith and vilified President George W. Bush, it was all about Kelly and her bold stand against Trump.
Here’s the video if you want to sit through it.
Seriously? All you have to watch is a minute of that video to get your fill. Moore then adds, “In all seriousness, let me say this … You’ve done something that Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rubio, Cruz — none of them have been able to do. Which is to, essentially, frighten him.”
In addition to what would have certainly been Kelly’s anti-Trump bias on display at the debate, Breitbart.com reports that Fox News invited three “YouTube personalities” to ask questions at tomorrow’s debate including “a Muslim advocate who describes Donald Trump as a bigot and who visually portrayed him as being in agreement with national socialist Adolf Hitler.”
“We have a presidential candidate whose loudest message reeks of hatred and Islamophobia… turning on the news now is scary, and oftentimes, humiliating,” the Muslim woman, Nabela Noor, says in a December YouTube video.
She admits to becoming a Muslim political activist amid the growing criticism of Islam’s doctrines. “The current social environment for Muslims today is not safe or just… as a Muslim American, I felt like I needed to use my voice,” she claimed.
So what is going on here with this debate? New York Magazine reports that the statement released by Fox which mocked Trump as being afraid to meet with people like Putin and the Ayatollah actually originated from Fox News chief Roger Ailes himself.
“That was Roger 100 percent,” the source explained. “A lot of people on the second floor” — where top Fox executives work — “didn’t think it was a good idea.”
Fox executives are also troubled that Ailes’s principal adviser right now is his longtime personal lawyer and Fox & Friends contributor Peter Johnson Jr. “He wrote the statement with Peter,” the source explained. “Peter is running the war room,” another Ailes friend told me. Fox executives are worried that Ailes is relying on an attorney with scant communications experience as the network is reeling from the biggest PR crisis in recent memory.
Ailes is a big fan of his rising star Megyn Kelly, and perhaps this is his way of going to bat for her. But when it’s all said and done, this whole situation smacks of media bias and favoritism for the Republican establishment. Neither of those are particularly popular with grassroots Republicans right now. As Fox News scrambles, maybe Trump is looking a little bit smarter after all?