Friday, December 2, 2016

Fox News Debate

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MegynKelly

Did Donald Trump get Fox News host, Megyn Kelly, fired–over a question she asked during the debate?

Kelly and Trump have been in a feud following a question she asked him during last week’s Fox News debate–which culminated in a phone call between Donald Trump and Fox News boss Roger Ailes, who vowed to treat Trump “fair” moving forward.

Ailes also reiterated his support, at the time, for Kelly–but an announcement she made on Thursday could change that.

Kelly announced, “I’ll be taking the next week and a half spending some time with my husband and kids, trying to relax.”

Twitter immediately lit up–with many users suggesting that Kelly’s sudden departure is tied to her feud with Trump.

“I’m not naive,” said one Twitter user. “This is almost certainly related to Roger Ailes and Donald Trump.”

While another user commented on the suspiciousness of the timing: “Things that make you go hmm.”

The feud between Trump and Kelly stems from what he considered mean-spirited treatment at the hands of Kelly, who was serving as the debate moderator:

Kelly asked: “You’ve called women you don’t like, ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ ‘slobs,’ and ‘disgusting animals… You once told a contestant on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?”

Trump, who responded by talking about his disdain for political correctness in modern day America, soon launched a public feud with the venerable newswoman. He claimed that she had it in for him from the beginning.

She had “blood pouring out of her eyes,” Trump said. Adding that she also had “blood pouring out of her wherever.”

Though Trump later denied it, many took it to be a crack at Kelly’s menstruation cycle–and, thus, a crack about her gender.

It remains to be seen if Kelly has been actually fired by Fox, if she’s merely been “suspended” for a week, or if–coincidental timing aside–she really is just going on vacation for a week and this has nothing to do with the controversy.

But, at the very least, Kelly seems to be hitting a large pause button on the feud between herself and Trump.

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Is Carly Fiorina the next big Republican sensation?

The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard–and the only woman currently running for the Republican nomination for President–has been mired with low poll numbers since her May 4 campaign launch.

But that may all be changing–thanks to two new national polls that show Fiorina quickly gaining momentum and rising in the ranks.

Over the weekend, two new polls had her well into the top 10.

A PPP poll put her in 6th place, tied with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) at 4% of the vote. And an Economist/YouGov poll placed her in 7th place, with 3% of the vote–tied with Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) and former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR.)

The uptick in polls comes at a time when Fiorina needs it most–as Fox News decides who qualifies for the first Republican debate in less than two weeks.

Fox has announced that, because of the large Republican field, only the top 10 candidates in national polls will participate in their prime time debate. The remaining candidates will participate in a debate earlier that evening, where the audience–and the prestige–is virtually guaranteed to be smaller.

Even as Fiorina attracted attention in Iowa, New Hampshire, and the national media–and gained notoriety for her gloves-off attacking of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton–she continually ran at the back of the pack. These polls show her passing better-known and often better-funded opponents. If her numbers continue to hold, she’d be guaranteed a spot in the debate–putting her in front of a large audience.

With her recent momentum, deep-pocketed Republican donors are starting to take notice. The upcoming “Koch seminar,” a gathering of some of the biggest Republican donors sponsored by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, announced that Fiorina would make their short list of candidates invited–along with fellow Republican presidential contenders Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz.

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