Donald Trump Campaigns in the Midlands After Dropping Out of Debate
Donald Trump made a campaign stop in Lexington on Wednesday, one day after announcing he will not participate in the GOP debate Thursday night.
Columbia , S.C. (WOLO) — Presidential hopeful Donald Trump dropped out of Thursday night’s GOP debate, just days before the Iowa caucuses. Trump took took aim at hosting network Fox News and news anchor Megyn Kelly.
“I think she’s a third rate reporter, I think she is frankly not good at what she does and I think they could do a lot better than Megyn Kelly,” said Trump. “So, I’m going to be making a decision with Fox but I probably won’t be doing the debate.”
Instead, Trump will hold a simultaneous event in Iowa to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. His running mates, including Ted Cruz trailing close behind the front-runner, used humor to attack the decision.
“He announced he will not be there, apparently Megyn Kelly is really, really scary and you know Donald is a fragile soul,” said Cruz.
One day after making the major announcement, Trump campaigned in the midlands to rally supporters ahead of the first in the south primary just a few weeks away. South Carolina GOP chairman Matt Moore called Trumps decision to drop out of the debate very surprising.
“I think he’s making a calculated risk, that not being on stage will not hurt him Monday in the Iowa caucuses, that’s yet to be seen,” said Moore.
As for the other candidates taking the stage, the Chairman argued it could be their shot at the spotlight.
“Certainly, he’s a figure who dominates the airwaves when he’s in the debates so it may give other candidates a chance to shine, that may be their path forward,” said Moore.