Much like Marxist Barack Obama, Donald Trump is presently no fan of FOX News (or anyone else who criticizes him, for that matter) and especially host Megyn Kelly. This is so much so, that Trump no-showed the Iowa GOP debate, the final debate before the Iowa Caucus on Monday and instead did an alternative publicity stunt on a competing network that the bombastic billionaire and reality TV star hoped would trump FOX News in ratings, hoping to punish the leading cable news network for refusing to remove Kelly as a debate moderator.
Well, the ratings are in for the seventh GOP debate and Trump’s competing event, a fundraiser for the Donald J. Trump Foundation, that will then supposedly transfer the money to veterans’ needs. Trump’s numbers are paltry compared to the GOP Debate.
According to CNN Money, the combined viewers of Trump’s event on CNN and MSNBC received only about one-fourth of the GOP debate audience. Put another way, the FOX News GOP Debate ratings were four times that of the Trump alternative event.
Worse for Trump, the audience in last night’s GOP debate actually increased over the prior debate which was hosted by the FOX Business Network— a debate that was attended by the showman.
Trump’s name did not go unmentioned despite his absence. Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is running second to Trump in all national polls, began the debate with a dig at Trump’s abrasiveness and vulgarity, joking:
“I’m a maniac, and everyone on this stage is stupid, fat and ugly and Ben you’re a terrible surgeon. Now that we’ve gotten the Donald Trump portion out of the way…”
FOX’s 12.5 million viewers were hardly the “total disaster” that Trump predicted without his presence.