Trump stands by debate boycott decision, announces veterans event

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January 28, 2016

Donald Trump stuck by his decision to skip the upcoming Fox News/Google presidential primary debate, claiming in an interview Wednesday night with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that he had been “used” and mistreated.

“I don’t like being taken advantage of,” the billionaire businessman and Republican primary front-runner said, repeatedly telling O’Reilly that he’ll instead hold a veterans event at Drake University while his GOP rivals debate.

Trump has taken heat from conservative commentators as well as his Republican primary rivals for his decision to boycott the Thursday night debate. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz earlier said that if Trump is “afraid” to face questions, “that does not bode well for what kind of commander-in-chief you’d make.” Cruz also challenged Trump to a one-on-one debate, a suggestion Trump later brushed aside with a sarcastic tweet referencing Cruz’s Canadian birth.

  • cowboy

    Good! This tells that Trump stands by his decisions. What Fox can’t seem to comprehend, is that they’re not dealing with your average bought and sold politician here. Trump is a very shrewd business man who knows the art of the deal! The further he distances himself from the status quo, the more his poll numbers rise.

  • Dan Menard

    It is obvious that many do not get it or Mr. Trump! People are so indoctrinated by the status quoi of the way politicians conduct themselves. They seem unable to recognize nor understand that Trump politics will be a new breath of air this nation has so long needed. The last time we had a potential president, not exactly like but similar to, was under Ronal Reagan. The political house is due for a thorough cleaning under the Trump administration. The voting public will settle this once and for all come election day!

  • Frankdidit

    I, like a lot of other people, am glad he is not going to attend. I don’t see a negative out come for his choice not to attend. In fact, I think his numbers will rise. Keep in mind, as I do, I believe there are a lot of people out here that will vote for him and are saying nothing!!!!!!!!!!

  • pancho villa

    MEG KELLY BELONGS BACK ON 42ND STREET WHERE SHE STARTED FROM. A NEW YORK CITY TROLLUP.

    • Dan Menard

      Pancho, Your comment is rude and uncalled for. Nothing of value comes out of such verbal abuse. Try again, but that time with a more civil approach.

  • Walter Flatt

    I WANT A SMART BUS MAN WITH IQ OF 146+ FOR PRES, WE DO NOT NEED 1ST YR. SEN/GOV/HILLIARY FOR PRES. DONALD TRUMP IS THE MAN

  • Walter Flatt

    DID FOX TRY AND SET TRUMP UP WITH QUESTIONS FROM A MUSLIM NAMED NABELA NOOR AND A MEXICAN NAMED DELCE CANDY JUST TO MAKE TRUMP LOOK BAD. HA, IF SO, TRUMP SURE BROKE IT OFF IN THEM.

  • Meg

    Too many debates if you ask me.

  • mallen11

    I would rather be at the veterans event. I am not interested what those on the debate stage have to say — I do not plan to vote for any of them. I admire Trumps stand and he will be the same towards those who want to destroy us.

    • Leo Klaudi

      Me too. Trump and Huckabee are the only candidates on the Republican side that are even worth listening to. I don’t trust Cruz, Rubio, Paul, Kasich (?), any farther than I could throw them, Bush is a weakling, Carson needs a stronger message, as does Fiarina. Cristie is a blowhard, I know, I’m from Jersey!
      I think Trump is right about Megan Kelly, she is biased and I’ve watched he show (Kelly Files) and it’s showed lately. Hannity is the only true conservative on Fox. Actually I support Trump’s decision not to appear on the debate because on the previous debates some of the questions asked were stupid and a lot of candidates answers didn’t even adress the questions enen the intellegent ones. Perhaps without Trump there we’ll get to see how big an asshole some of the other candidates really are.
      Reagan sefuse to take part in the Iowa debates and went on to won the Presidency. I personally think the media makes too much of a big deal over the Iowa Caucuses. I don’t think they’re any indicator.
      I’m leaning towards a Trump/Huckabee ticket, they’re honest. Thats what counts!

      • pancho villa

        I AGREE WITH YOUR COMMON SENSE. MEG KELLY WANTS TO ABASE OUR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES FOR HER RATINGS.

      • mallen11

        Very well put — great points.

      • Lorene B

        Trump/Huckabee, yes. Fox probably planned this last debate just before the caucus to try to take Trump down. I think he did right to devote his time to a better cause.

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