The seventh Republican primary debate is set to air on Thursday, and Fox News is hosting once again. After previous debates, Donald Trump has walked off the stage as the GOP front-runner, often criticizing fellow candidates and following up with snarky comments on Twitter. In August, Trump started a feud with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly because, well, she asked him the tough questions that he wasn't interested in answering. Specifically, Kelly asked Trump about his previous "disparaging comments about women's looks," referencing women like Rosie O'Donnell and Carly Fiorina. Trump was not happy about this comment, and he was especially not happy when Kelly embarrassed him by asking when he actually became a Republican.
Ever since this August debate, Trump has forged a war against Fox News, particularly against Kelly. In addition to making his own claims against Kelly, Trump once retweeted someone who called her a "bimbo," so there's that. As Fox News is gearing up to host the final GOP debate before the ever important Iowa caucus, Trump's feud with the news network could get worse. Most recently, Trump's campaign manager told New York magazine that Trump is considering boycotting the debate if Kelly remains a moderator, and he will instead host his own televised town hall from Iowa.
Here's a brief timeline of Donald Trump's Fox News feud, which actually goes back to before the debate in August:
Fox & Friends Cuts Ties With Trump
After Trump announced his presidential bid, Fox & Friends suspended his regularly scheduled appearance on the show, Mediaite reports. Apparently, this is customary for Fox & Friends as they try to remain unbiased in the presidential election. However, it was just the tip of the iceberg in the Trump vs. Fox News battle.
Public Shame From Rupert Murdoch
Rupert Murdoch is arguably one of the most powerful media moguls, and he created FOX Broadcasting Company in 1986. With Fox News under his news empire, Murdoch obviously has a lot of power when it comes to what the network broadcasts and how they broadcast controversial topics and people, like Trump. In a tweet from early July, Murdoch questioned when Trump would stop embarrassing himself and others. In the same month, New York magazine reported that Murdoch wanted Fox News to limit Trump coverage.
Throughout December and early January, Murdoch continued questioning Trump's abilities via Twitter, thus publicly shaming the presidential hopeful once again.
The August GOP Debate
During the first GOP debate hosted by Fox News, Kelly didn't waste any time in asking Trump tough questions that spoke more to his character than his political abilities. According to Breitbart, Kelly reminded Trump of his sexist comments, saying, "You've called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals." This was the iconic moment in which Trump renounced political correctness, which has been the basis of his campaign ever since.
I've been challenged by so many people and I don't frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn't have time either. ... What I say is what I say. And honestly, Megyn if you don't like it, I'm sorry. I've been very nice to you, although I could probably not be based on the way you have treated me. But I wouldn't do that.
Soon after, Trump took to Twitter to make it clear he was not happy with Kelly and her job as a moderator.
Now, with the final Republican primary debate quickly approaching, Trump has decided to reignite his war against Kelly and Fox News, this time threatening not to show up to the debate on Thursday. Trump again used Twitter to attack Kelly, this time calling for Fox News to remove her as a moderator:
Trump has been at war with Fox News since early June, but it doesn't look like he's going to win this battle. According to The New York Times, a recent statement by the network showed its support in Kelly:
Megyn Kelly has no conflict of interest. Donald Trump is just trying to build up the audience for Thursday's debate, for which we thank him.
Only time will tell how Trump will handle the Fox News Feud and whether he will show up to the debate. In the meantime, Trump, thanks for the entertainment — you're assuredly helping Fox News gain more debate viewers with each tweet.