Thursday evening’s Fox News GOP debate fast approaches with no Donald Trump face in sight. Yes, the leading GOP candidate won’t budge after pulling out of the event altogether. Trump will host his own separate event in Iowa to raise money for wounded vets, but that cover story doesn’t hide his obvious terror in meeting Megyn Kelly in the flesh. Maybe he’s just a big dog who’s afraid of a cat? Trump wants Kelly off the debate panel (on another vacation), and his implicit demands look petty. Even Bill O’Reilly can’t believe Trump can’t be the “bigger man” in this rivalry.
Well, Rolling Stone dug up a video of Trump’s previous opinion of those who skip out on debates. The time was 2012, and Trump was set to moderate a GOP debate. Mitt Romney opted out of participating and used Trump as a reason: “Mr. Trump’s participation will contribute to an unwanted circus-like atmosphere.” Trump eventually withdrew from moderating, and the event was cancelled, but he let his thoughts on Romney’s decision be known:
“I was disappointed in Mitt because I really thought he would go out and had courage … We’re not seeing a lot of courage here, are we? Not lots of courage. These Republicans, they’re supposed to be brave!”
These old statements are enough to make Trump look worse than Romney, who used a common criticism of Trump to justify his decision. Whereas Trump has made things personal in his crusade against Kelly. His previous threats during the last Fox News debate accelerated into relentless trolling and senseless “bimbo” remarks in the months that followed. We then learned (according to Kelly) that he once tried to woo her which Trump didn’t exactly deny because he was too busy tossing out insults.
However, Trump used to adore Kelly as this 2012 video proves. When she asked him who the better moderator was, Trump responded, “I could never beat you. That wouldn’t even be close. There would be no contest. You have done a great job.” He feels much differently these days.
(Via Rolling Stone)