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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bill O'Reilly appeals to Trump to join the Fox debate

Do we want a President who throws a fit with someone he disagrees with and does not want to talk about it? Will he throw fits against every world leader who disagrees with him? He is too arrogant to be a leader. Remember Ross Perot? He was good, but he could not run a government, like him Trump would be on the edge to fire every one... then who will he be left with?

Bill OReilly's argument is by far the best, Trump is acting like a spoiled toddler, if he does not join the debate, he has created more problems for himself. 

Mike Ghouse 

Bill O'Reilly Tried Really, Really Hard to Get Trump to Do the Fox Debate

Ken Tucker
January 27, 2016
“Don’t walk away from it!” yelled Bill O’Reilly to Donald Trump on Wednesday night’s O’Reilly Factor on Fox News. O’Reilly scolded, cajoled, and very nearly begged Trump to reconsider his decision to spurn Thursday’s Fox-sponsored debate because of the candidate’s hurt feelings regarding moderator Megyn Kelly’s previous inquisition of the Presidential candidate.
“I don’t like being used,” said Trump regarding Kelly. “She’s a lightweight… I have zero respect for Megyn Kelly.” “And anyway,” Trump added, “it’s not that important.” O’Reilly tried a number of tactics:
Religion: O’Reilly said, “I know you don’t go to church very often—” “Not true!” yelped Trump, seeing Evangelical Christian votes slipping away even as O’Reilly formed the words. “Maybe I don’t go every week, but…” O’Reilly told Trump that one of the “tenets of your church is forgiveness,” so why not forgive Kelly and show up? “I guess so,” said Trump, “but it’s also called an eye for an eye, too.” Ooh, a New Testament vs. Old Testament throwdown!
Shame: O’Reilly said Trump was shirking his responsibility to “the folks” (translation: that’s O’Reilly-speak for “ordinary people” — i.e., voters) by “walking away” from the debate. “I’m not walking away — I was pushedaway,” snapped Trump. This man really feels abused by Megyn.

Bill O'Reilly Begs Donald Trump to Reconsider Attending GOP Debate

Donald Trump was interviewed on the The O'Reilly Factor Wednesday night, and the White House hopeful spent the entire time deflecting Bill O'Reilly pleads for him to join tomorrow's GOP debate. Trump was adamant about not attending the debates for multiple reasons, the first of which he said, "I have zero respect for Megyn Kelly." Trump also felt that FOX News had taken advantage of him and that he had nothing to gain by attending the debates.
Brutal Realism: O’Reilly told Trump that, when he first entered the race, “people thought you were a buffoon,” but that he’d proven them wrong. Trump hated that. “That’s not a very nice way of expressing it!” he bellowed, clearly stung by the word “buffoon.” “I’m a very successful businessman, I had one of the most popular shows on TV…” Bill was getting nowhere. He was desperate.
“Would you just consider [it]; say, ‘I might come’?” O’Reilly asked. There was also something in there about how, having known each other for 35 years, Trump owed Bill a lot of milkshakes (huh?). Couldn’t Trump “forgive” Kelly, and “go forward”? 
Trump then said something few people reveal on television: “Even though you promised not to ask that, I’m gonna forget it and answer you.” The answer was no.
O’Reilly became a tad flustered, allowing that, yes, he may have promised Trump not to ask a certain question before they went on-camera, but, mustering his bluster, the host said that no one tells himwhat questions to ask. 
All to no avail. I picture O’Reilly, when the little red camera light went off, ripping his lapel microphone off and thundering, “Well, Roger Ailes, Itried!” 
Indeed he did. And you know what? If I was a betting man, I’d bet that there is still a chance that Trump will reconsider, that he just might show up on Thursday night anyway. 
The Republican debate airs Thursday, Jan. 28 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox News. 

Trump refuses to reconsider debate in fiery Fox interview

Courtesy - The Hill

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday night lashed out at Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly in his first appearance on the network since he announced he’d boycott the next GOP debate.

He also refused to reconsider his decision to sit out the network’s Thursday night debate – the last before the Iowa caucuses in five days – and said he’d move forward with his own competing event to raise money for wounded veterans.
Speaking on “The O’Reilly Factor,” Trump continued his long-running feud with Kelly, who he has been criticizing ever since she challenged him on his past derogatory remarks about women at the first GOP debate in August.
“I have zero respect for Megyn Kelly,” Trump said. “I don’t think she’s good at what she does and I think she’s highly overrated. And frankly, she’s a moderator; I thought her question last time was ridiculous.”
Kelly is also set to moderate Thursday night’s debate on Fox News.
Trump is instead holding a rally in Des Moines at the same time as the Republican debate that he says will raise money for wounded veterans.
In the contentious interview with O’Reilly, Trump rebuffed the anchor’s attempts to convince him that he’s making a grave error by skipping the debate.
“I believe personally that you want to improve the country,” O’Reilly said. “By doing this, you miss the opportunity to convince others … that is true.
“You have in this debate format the upper hand — you have sixty seconds off the top to tell the moderator, ‘You’re a pinhead, you’re off the mark and here’s what I want to say’. By walking away from it, you lose the opportunity to persuade people you are a strong leader.”
But O’Reilly’s pitch fell flat with Trump. The GOP front-runner dug in his heels, insisting he intended to retaliate against the network by depriving them of ratings.
“Fox was going to make a fortune off this debate,” Trump said. “Now they’re going to make much less.”
O’Reilly said he was merely trying to convince Trump that his approach “is wrong because it’s better for people to see you in the debate format.”
He gave the example from 2012, when former Speaker Newt Gingrich was asked an embarrassing question by a CNN debate moderator at a South Carolina debate about allegations he had an open marriage.
Gingrich shut the moderator down and went on to win South Carolina, O’Reilly noted.
“That’s the kind of guy you are,” O’Reilly said. “You stick it to them and let them have it.”
Responded Trump: “Newt is a friend of mine and I thought it was an unfair question. But equally unfair was the question Megyn Kelly asked me.”
O’Reilly then sought to appeal to Trump’s capacity to forgive, reminding the billionaire businessman that he’s a Christian, even if he doesn’t attend church all that often, and that the Bible says to “turn the other cheek.”
Trump shot back, saying he’s a regular church-goer, and that the Bible also says “an eye for an eye.”
“You could look at it that way too,” Trump said.
O’Reilly accused Trump of being “petty,” and said he was allowing things that are out of his control to have outsized influence over his decision-making process.
“I don’t like being taken advantage of,” Trump said. “In this case I was being taken advantage of by Fox. I don’t like that. Now when I’m representing the country, if I win, I’m not going to let our country be taken advantage of. … It’s a personality trait but I don’t think it’s a bad personality trait.”
O’Reilly ended the interview asking Trump to just at least consider showing up Thursday night. Trump said the two had agreed beforehand that O’Reilly not ask that question.
“I told you up front don’t ask me that question because it’s an embarrassing question for you and I don’t want to embarrass you,” he said.
- Updated at 9:17 p.m.

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