According to Nielsen data, Fox’s GOP debate was watched by 24 million viewers on Thursday night, making it the highest-rated primary debate in television history.
The viewers tuned in to see a debate; unfortunately, what they witnessed was a debacle.
The high ratings are accountable to Donald Trump who has been speaking out against issues that Americans want to discuss, and neither the media nor Congress is discussing them.
The most powerful issue Trump brings up is illegal immigration. Our borders are open, so we have no defined country. We don’t know who is coming in and where they’re going. It’s not only Trump’s issue, it’s ours, as Americans.
The mainstream media – including, sadly, major segments of the presumably conservative media, like the Wall Street Journal — are working overtime to keep the American public and the American voters in the dark on the scope of illegal alien crime. The murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco exposed only the tip of a massive iceberg, and the media establishment is desperate to avoid dealing with the iceberg underneath.
Let’s look at a few numbers as reported by Tom Tancredo, former Congressman from Colorado.
• Between 2008 and 2014, 40% of all murder convictions in Florida were criminal aliens. In New York it was 34% and Arizona 17.8%.
• During those years, criminal aliens accounted for 38% of all murder convictions in the five states of California, Texas, Arizona, Florida and New York, while illegal aliens constitute only 5.6% of the total population in those states.
• That 38% represents 7,085 murders out of the total of 18,643.
That 5.6% figure for the average illegal alien population in those five states comes from US Census estimates. We know the real number is double that official estimate. Yet, even if it is 11%, it is still shameful that the percentage of murders by criminal aliens is more than triple the illegal population in those states.
Those astounding numbers were compiled by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) using official Department of Justice data on criminal aliens in the nation’s correctional system. The numbers were the basis for a presentation at a recent New Hampshire conference sponsored by the highly respected Center for Security Policy.
Americans are enraged that Republicans were elected in 2014 based on promises of reversing may of the bad programs enacted under this administration. Instead of fixing the problems, Republicans sided with the President, and illegal immigration is a bigger problem than ever. Congress can defund programs supporting illegals, but they won’t.
Trump is heralded for his efforts to discuss the topic. Unfortunately, the purpose of the debate, from Fox’s perspective, was clearly not a discussion of issues but to disarm and destroy Donald Trump in the worse way possible.
The second question of the debate set the tone. According to Politichicks, the Megyn Kelly matchup with Donald Trump was expected, as Kelly had stated numerous times on her show, The Kelly Files, that she was going to ask Trump hard-hitting questions.
Her question wasn’t hard hitting; it was aimed to embarrass him.
Her first question to the real estate mogul began, “Mr. Trump, you have called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals…” Trump interrupted her and said, “Only Rosie O’Donnell.” Kelly continued, “No, it wasn’t. Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women. You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice ‘it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees.’
That was clearly posed as a sexual suggestion’…She continued to ask, “Does that sound to you like the temperament of someone we should elect as president?”
Few thought the debate would begin this way for Trump.
It was a very disingenuous question taken way out of context, and it must have taken Fox researchers quite a long time to find that nugget of disgust. The Celebrity apprentice Megyn is referring to is Brande Roderick who said, “I’ve always had a positive experience around Donald. He’s always been encouraging. He’s never been disrespectful to me,” after they showed her the clip of Trump’s remark. “I don’t condone men being derogatory, but I think he was just — he’s on television, he’s trying to be funny. I don’t think that he meant anything horrible by it.”
Trump made the remark, years ago, in an episode of “Celebrity Apprentice 6” during a discussion with Roderick and rock star Bret Michaels. Here’s what happened:
“Brande came in here, “ Michaels said on the show, “She got down on her knees and said, ‘I passionately want to do this—’ ”
“Excuse me, you dropped to your knees?” Trump interrupted.
“Yes,” Roderick responded.
“That must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees,” Trump said
So it was about a contestant dropping to her knees pleading with Bret…hardly sexual…
So why turn a debate into a debacle?
On Friday, Rush Limbaugh began by telling listeners how, on the day of Thursday’s debate, he had learned “that big-time Republican donors had ordered to take out Donald Trump in the debate last night.” “We all made a mistake,” he explained. “We assumed that the orders went out to the candidates. But the candidates did not make one move toward taking Donald Trump out.
The broadcast network did; the candidates didn’t.” Rush said it was clear that Fox News had it out for Trump when his colleagues refused to pile on, even when given multiple opportunities to bash the front-runner. “Not one of the remaining nine candidates joined Megyn Kelly in taking the shot at Trump. Not one. Yet we have been told that there were orders from Republican donors to take Trump out.”
So much for fair and balanced!