With two weeks remaining, Fox News appeared to be begging one debate guest to RSVP: “…don’t take the voters for granted.”
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Wednesday on “Fox & Friends,” co-hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade were previewing the first Republican presidential primary debate when the matter of former President Donald Trump was raised.
With the president still TBD on his attendance for the Fox News-hosted debate, Doocy wondered whether Trump was questioning the advice he was being handed behind the scenes.
“I think if Donald Trump is polling the audience saying ‘Hey, do you think I should do that debate?’ — because he was very clear. He was emphatic. Nope, I’m not going to do it because I’m way ahead — and we have heard him say you know my advisers are telling me I shouldn’t do it,” he explained in the wake of Trump asking a crowd of rally-goers in Erie, Pennsylvania about attending.
“Obviously, he is having second doubts about the advice he is getting from his advisers. Because, if he is polling the audience and…I just don’t see Donald Trump sitting at home watching, along with 40 or 50 million other Americans when he sees Ron DeSantis in that center square,” Doocy went on. “That would absolutely drive him crazy.”
Chiming in, Earhardt suggested, “I know he is angry about everything that he feels this administration, the Democrats and the DOJ have put him through, but don’t take it out on the Republicans, because Republicans want to see him up on stage.”
“And don’t take the voters for granted,” she insisted.
“Yes, he is ahead by a lot, but to see him up on there on the stage would just be wonderful because we want to see how they interact,” Earhardt argued. “We want to hear their policies.”
The appeal to Trump was continued with Doocy looking back to 2015 and how the then-outsider made his grand entrance into the primary before going on to win the nomination and the presidency, “That’s how he became Donald Trump the first time. He blew everybody away at the first Fox debate.”
Of late, the president has had little positive to say about the network, criticizing the widely panned removal of Tucker Carlson along with perceived favoritism for a rival candidate, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Recently, he spoke to that again as he reacted to anchor Bret Baier’s interview of the governor with a Truth Social post, “MAGA, which is most of the Republican Party, is very angry at FoxNews for continuing to push Ron DeSanctimonious, no personality and all, and guys like Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, who couldn’t even start a presidential run because of zero poll numbers, whose got his fathers’s loo, but not his father’s brain. He was interviewed today on FoxNews and has a serious case, along with Creepy Karl Rove, of Trump Derangement Syndrome, Republican Version. These guys should forget their failures!”
He went on to say the interview of DeSantis was “SOFTBALL” and later said their decisions don’t make sense, “nobody wants to watch them!”
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“People wanna see Trump debate,” Kilmeade had said as well as he complimented the Republican leader’s performance debating then-candidate Joe Biden in 2020. “He actually did well, much better than you would think, but the moderator kept interrupting, number one, and number two is Joe Biden just kept lying.”
As it stands, eight candidates have qualified for the Aug. 23 debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin including Trump with, South Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former ambassador Nikki Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.
Reports have also indicated that Fox Business is expected to be the host of the second debate scheduled for Sept. 27 from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation in Simi Valley, California.
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