Despite Donald Trump’s claims to the contrary, FOX News claims that they canceled Trump’s scheduled appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” which was scheduled for this week, according to ABC News on Wednesday. Trump claims that he canceled all of his current and future appearances on FOX because the news agency has been treating him “very unfairly.”
FOX News claims to have canceled Trump’s appearance because his “personal attacks” on the news agency’s anchors and hosts have become “stale” and “tiresome.” FOX claims that when Trump learned of the cancelation, that he claimed to be boycotting FOX and failed to admit that, in actuality, his appearance had been canceled by FOX, not Trump. FOX News stated that Trump has yet to learn that telling its journalists what to ask is not how interviews are conducted in the United States.
In recalling last week’s second Presidential debate, Trump stated that Senator Marco Rubio was extremely sweaty during the debate. Trump also referenced Rubio’s GOP response to Obama’s State of the Union Address in 2013. Trump denoted the fact that Rubio had to drink a lot of water in that speech. It was not abundantly clear to observers what Trump’s point was in discussing Rubio’s sweat and his prolific water consumption. However, Trump did claim that while the other GOP candidates sweat a lot during the debates, that he loses a lot of weight. Trump claimed that the other GOP candidates did not lose weight because “nobody goes to watch them.”
Trump also made note of GOP candidate Mike Huckabee’s perspiration during the last debate. Trump claimed to have patted Huckabee’s back to tell him that he did a good job, and that Huckabee was “drenched.”
Trump described Hillary Clinton as the first “birther,” or, the first person to suggest publicly that Barack Obama may have been born outside of the United States. Trump described Clinton as very “shrill,” and suggested that she “started the whole thing.”
Trump has been the GOP front-runner since the start of the Presidential campaign cycle. He now leads in the polls by nine percentage points; although his lead has been shrinking since the second GOP debate. After the first debate, Trump was ahead of the next closest contender, Ben Carson, by thirteen points. Where Trump’s lead goes, or whether it even remains a lead at all, will be determined largely by the events over the next few weeks. Due to his falling out with FOX, Trump will not have any interviews on the conservative network over the next few weeks. How much of a deleterious effect this has on Trump’s poll numbers among conservatives remains to be seen.