Fox News will be hosting the first 2024 Republican presidential primary debate on August 23. It’s bound to be a raucous affair with a growing roster of candidates – 13 declared so far. The fact that so many people are challenging Trump is evidence that he isn’t viewed as much of threat to his prominent contenders who include a senator, five governors, and even his former vice-president, Mike Pence.
For his part, Trump has been making noises about skipping the debate. He has complained about Fox News hosting it because he asserts that they are “hostile” toward him and filled with “angry TRUMP & MAGA hating anchors.” Which makes one wonder if the Fox News he is watching is the one in his warped and paranoid imagination.
If Fox News is, in his mind, too biased against him, what network could he possibly consent to host any debate? He recently whined that “I see that everybody is talking about the Republican Debates, but nobody got my approval.” So apparently he believes that the Republican Party must get his approval before scheduling any debates.
“FoxNews just covered, from beginning to end, the Ron DeSanctimonious very boring news conference […but…] FoxNews, which is down 37% in the Ratings, doesn’t cover my [Republican Party dinner] in Michigan, or my Keynote Speech for Faith & Freedom in D.C., and then wants me to show up and get them ratings for their ‘Presidential’ Debate, where I’m leading the field by 40 points. All they do is promote, against all hope, Ron DeSanctimonious, and he’s dropping like a rock. Sorry FoxNews, life doesn’t work that way!!!”
Not that Fox News deserves any defense, but the DeSantis coverage was a press conference that might arguably have contained some viable news content. Trump is mad that Fox didn’t cover his blatantly political gatherings – a GOP dinner, and a right-wing, Christian political conference – where Trump could be expected to merely regurgitate the same talking points, propaganda, and lies that he tells at all such events.
Nevertheless, Trump is exploiting his perception of this snubbing to weasel out of the Fox News debate. He regards his presence as a gift to the network for ratings, rather than as a responsibility to voters considering the candidates. And if the network doesn’t provide the quantity and tenor of coverage to satisfy his grossly inflated ego, he will punish them by not showing up. What’s more, Trump pretends that his reluctance might have something to do with Fox’s low ratings, which have indeed dropped precipitously in recent weeks.
The bottom line is that Trump is scared and angry. He is afraid of Chris Christie, who has been effectively hammering Trump. He hates Ron DeSantis, who he regards as disloyal. And he is pissed Off at Fox anchor Bret Baier, who recently had the audacity to ask him a few probing questions.
Despite Trump’s cowardice, Fox News is proceeding with debate as if he will participate. But that doesn’t mean that they believe the election will be “free and fair.” In fact, they are already laying the groundwork to challenge the results and assist Trump in his future efforts to declare the election “rigged and stolen” unless Trump is declared the winner. Because they are all too deranged to accept any outcome other than one that coronates their Dear Leader.
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