Fox And Frenemies: Trump’s Ongoing Feud With The Media Powerhouse

A prolonged confrontation between Trump and Fox News ballooned when the GOP frontrunner declared he'll skip a debate airing on the network

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Iowa on Jan. 26. — REUTERS
Jan 27, 2016 at 5:48 PM ET

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump escalated his on-again, off-again feud with Fox News when he declared his refusal to participate in a GOP debate airing Thursday night on the network. His problem? It’s being moderated by anchor Megyn Kelly.

After saying in a Tuesday night press conference that he “probably” won’t participate in the upcoming debate, the last to be held before the Iowa Caucus on February 1, Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski confirmed to the Washington Post: “He’s definitely not participating.”

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The announcement marked the most intense clash in an ongoing confrontation between Trump and Fox News that has simmered since last summer, when Trump accused Kelly of treating him unfairly in an early August interview on the network.

Some speculate that even with his public assertion that he’s out, Trump will still wind up participating, with even greater ratings as a result of the faux feud. Here’s a brief look at the not-so-brief history of the swelling conflict that is rooted in Trump’s loathing—or fear—of Kelly.

As the battle escalated on Tuesday, GOP presidential contender and Trump rival Ted Cruz invited Trump to participate in a one-on-one debate. “If Donald is afraid of Megyn Kelly, I would like to invite him on your show to participate in a one on one debate, between me and Donald, mano a mano,” Cruz said in radio interview with Mark Levin, CNN Money reported.