Bill O’Reilly pleaded with Trump on Wednesday night, asking him to reconsider his decision to boycott the GOP debate. Trump announced that he will be holding his own rally at the time of the debate, which will be covered by other networks including CNN. Fox refused to remove Megyn Kelly from the roster of moderators after Trump said it would be impossible for her to be unbiased. “I have zero respect for Megyn Kelly,” Trump told O’Reilly. “I don’t think she’s very good at what she does. In fact I think she’s overrated.”
I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct. Instead I will only call her a lightweight reporter!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2016
Trump boycotted Fox talk shows altogether for six days but kept his promise to appear on the O’Reilly Show Wednesday night. O’Reilly made an argument for Trump to attend the debate, saying, “By walking away from it, you lose an opportunity to persuade people that you are a strong leader.”
He even went so far as to say that Trump needed to repay a milkshake debt. "I bought you so many vanilla milkshakes. I bought you so many vanilla milkshakes — you owe me. Will you just consider? I want you to consider, all right? Think about it," O'Reilly said.
Many predict that Trump will attend the debate and that he is merely bluffing. John Kasich's campaign manager John Weaver tweeted, "I expect to see Trump on stage tomorrow."
Megyn Kelly told Extra, “I will be surprised if he doesn’t show up. Donald Trump is a showman. He’s very good at generating interest, perhaps this is an effort to generate interest in our debate. If it is, that is great, maybe we will have more eyeballs. If he doesn’t show up, maybe we will have fewer eyeballs, but either way it is going to be ok.”
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