While it is debatable as to which one of the Republican presidential candidates won the first debate of the 2016 presidential election season, it has been apparent on social media and news media’s commentaries in the past 12 hours as to who the biggest loser was. The biggest loser who is sucking up most of the oxygen in post-opinion and news about the debate is Fox News star Megyn Kelly. Donald Trump is the first candidate who spoke out against her performance, according to an ABC News report on Friday morning.
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It is logical that Trump would be the first to comment on Megyn’s performance because Megyn, according to many on social media, spent her valuable high-profile time during the debate to give questions to Trump that were designed to make him look bad rather than giving him questions that were designed to help the viewers get to know the candidate’s positions on the issues. Obviously Megyn has an ax to grind with Trump, but she should have saved that for an interview with him on her show and not waste valuable presidential debate time to try to disgrace him. On social media, Megyn is being called the new Candy Crowley.
Crowley, as one may remember, was the CNN moderator of a Barack Obama-Mitt Romney debate leading up to the 2012 presidential election. She very inappropriately and unprofessionally stepped out of her moderator role to blatantly take Obama’s side on an issue while the two candidates were debating. Megyn, likewise, stepped out of her assigned role and came across as inappropriate and unprofessional in her line of questioning to personally attack Trump. Whether or not this performance by Megyn will be a lasting negative career-changer as it has been for Crowley will be seen in the future.
Besides persons saying negative things about Megyn Kelly’s performance, they are saying things such as “Megyn acted like a mentally-ill ex-wife” towards Trump. Again, such comments are coming across social media the morning after the debate. An incredibly large number of persons on social media are saying that even though they don’t think Trump did the best job he could have during the debate, they are being critical of Megyn and saying they are finished with her. The negative backlash may very well result in her having fewer viewers watching her extremely popular Fox News show, ?The Kelly File.”
As for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, the target of most of her incredibly non-issue related questions of candidates, he told ABC News on Friday morning that he will be taking a very serious look at the questions Megyn Kelly asked him. With all the questions Megyn could have asked him – related to his candidacy and about why he is running for president – she opened her questioning of Trump by listing the negative comments she believes he has made about women. She said that Trump has called women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals.” Trump got a big laugh from the crowd by joking about Rosie O’Donnell – the former “The View” host with whom Trump has had enormous feuds in the past.
When Megyn accused him of calling women those names, he said, “Only Rosie O’Donnell.” Then he continued his response to Megyn’s accusations that he disrespects women by commenting on how he doesn’t have time – and America doesn’t have time – for such political correctness. Many believe Trump’s blatant comments about Rosie O’Donnell in the past and his blatant comments about most everything he discusses is no more than part of his “schtick” or his attention-getting routine. Incidentally, Trump also took to social media’s Twitter to comment negatively about Megyn’s questions for him at the debate as well.
Taking Megyn’s question about Trump disrespecting women more seriously on Friday morning when Trump appeared on “Good Morning America,” he said:
We’re going to look very carefully but I don’t recognize those words. <Megyn> came up with words that I didn’t recognize. So we’ll see what happens. We’re going to take a very serious look at it.
And rightfully, Trump should respond hugely to this situation if, in fact, Megyn said he used derogatory words towards women than he never said publicly. The other Trump moment that is getting media attention on Friday is when another of the three moderators, Bret Baier, asked the ten presidential candidates if any of them were unwilling to pledge their support to the eventual nominee of the Republican Party and pledge not to run an independent campaign against the person who ultimately gets the nomination. Trump, as many suspected he would, raised his hand to the question. On “Good Morning America” on Friday morning, Trump reiterated that if he likes the candidate who ultimately gets the nomination, he won’t run against that person independently. But, if he doesn’t like the candidate, he will run independently. As honest and fair as that answer is, there are those in the Republican Party who are extremely critical of that threat being made by Trump.
Trump said after the debate:
I want to run as a Republican. I think everyone knows that. I think the <Republican National Committee> knows that and that’s what I’m looking to do and that’s certainly the best chance of winning. I’m not really a politician. I think I’m somebody that’s going to try and straighten out this country and make America great again. That’s what I’m looking to do.
Trump said he thinks he will go into the next presidential debate as still being the front-runner. He said he believes he will hold the lead in spite of receiving questions from Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that were “much, much more difficult and poignant and really unfair” – as compared to questions other candidates were given by her. In somewhat of a surprising statement, Trump says that he had a chance to get to know some of the candidates through last night’s debate. He said that he has a lot of respect for a lot of the candidates who were in the debate. He said there are candidates he would support – but he didn’t name names. He said, “Some of the candidates I got to know, I’d never met. I didn’t know <them> and they were really great people.”
The next GOP presidential debate will be in September. CNN will host the debate. The event will be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, according to CNN.