Whether one is a fan of Donald Trump or not, it appears clear to even casual political observers that he is facing some extreme push-back as a result of his presidential bid. While it should be considered par for the course for a Republican candidate to expect attacks originating from the left, the bulk of Donald Trump’s problems seem to be coming from the mainstream Republican establishment.
Trump is, perhaps, as well known for his feuds as he is for his hairstyle or celebrity personality. However, tensions continue to heat up between The Donald and Fox News, the giant of network news channels that dwarfs all others by comparison.
However, Trump now has an unlikely ally on his side: fellow Republican candidate Ted Cruz.
Tea Party Sen. Ted Cruz knows a thing or two about irking the Republican establishment. The principled leader has stood on the floor of the Senate and called the Senate Majority Leader, fellow Republican Mitch McConnell, a liar. He has called-out by name those who obstruct conservativism and has been unapologetic in his positions.
Now, the principled junior senator from Texas has weighed-in on the side of Trump and accused Fox News’ Megyn Kelly of acting unprofessionally in her obvious quest to lob disproportionately provocative and inflammatory questions at Trump while pitching softballs to other candidates.
At the Republican debate, Kelly elaborated with a lengthy question, having taken comments out of context, and accused Trump of furthering the fictitious and Democrats-created “Republican War on Women.”
Trump offered a snappy answer and since then, has picked at the scab that is the tensions that remain between the GOP candidate and Fox News.
Trump’s argument has been that Kelly has succumbed to the manipulative and conjured talking points of the left. On Tuesday, as Cruz sat down with Kelly, she asked Cruz the same question offered to Trump with regards to Trump’s tough immigration policy.
“If you have a husband and a wife who are illegal immigrants, and they had two children here who are American citizens — would you deport all of them? Would you deport the American citizen children?” she asked.
Cruz answered that politicians should first focus on stopping the flow of illegal immigration and work together to “improve and streamline” the methods for legal immigration.
“But that doesn’t sound like an answer,” Kelly snapped.
“Well, what I’m doing, Megyn, is answering what I think Congress should do,” Cruz shot back.
“Listen, senator, I understand all that. And you’ve outlined your plan. But unlike you, you’re dodging my question. You don’t want to answer that question? He says he would. Donald Trump says they are all gone under his policy. What would a president Cruz do?” she asked as Cruz put up his hand and stated, “I’m not playing this game.”
“Megyn, I get that that’s the question you want to ask. That’s also the question every mainstream media liberal journalist wants to ask,” he said. “They focus exclusively on 12 million people.”
“Is it an unfair question?” Kelly asked.
“It is a distraction from how we actually solve the problem. You know, it’s also the question [President] Barack Obama wants to focus on,” Cruz noted.
“But why is it so hard? Why don’t you just say yes or no?” Kelly continued, apparently tonedeaf to the fact that Cruz had answered as much as he was willing to.
Both Trump and Cruz have now made accusations that Kelly is parroting liberal talking point- a criticism that is well-founded. Though Kelly is entitled to ask any questions she wishes, she has not broken new ground but has simply become a useful tool of the left that creates from thin-air talking points that are not grounded in reality.
If Mrs. Kelly is interested in being taken seriously as a journalist, she would do well to find a different path than that which has already been trodden by every liberal hack under the sun who dutifully and mindlessly parrots the talking points of the Democrat Party in an attempt to pass it off as provocative journalism.