Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Trump vs Kelly Pseudo-Feud

A disprorportionate amount of chatter has flourished during the last week after Donald Trump's refusal to appear at the last Republican Presidential Debate on Thursday January 28, 2016, because Megyn Kelly will moderate the Political Event. Supposedly, Donald Trump was viciously grilled by Fox's Megyn Kelly during the first Republican Presidential Debate in 2015, and apparently Mr. Trump doesn't want a repeat of the harsh scrutiny before the American Audience in prime-time; Afterall, he is the percieved Republican Candidate for the Presidential Election this coming November (2016).
Upon a closer examination what is presented as a clash of personalities between Candidate Trump and Fox News Anchor, Megyn Kelly may not actually be what 'they' are leading us to believe it is. It seems to me that this might be a case of drawing attention to create interest. A ploy to pretend animosity when in fact it's done to achieve either favor or sympathy.

To examine my hypothesis, let's look at some details readily available online about Megyn Kelly and Donald Trump:

Megyn Marie Kelly

Kelly in 2012

Born November 18, 1970 (age 45)
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Education Bethlehem Central High School
Syracuse University
Albany Law School
Occupation Journalist
News anchor
Political commentator
Attorney at Law
Employer Fox News Channel
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Daniel Kendall (m. 2001;div. 2006)
Douglas Brunt (m. 2008)
Children 3
While there, she covered significant national and local events, including live coverage of the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. and Chief Justice John G. Roberts; the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor; the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist; and the 2004 presidential election.
She was included in the 2014 Time list of the 100 most influential people.

Donald Trump

Trump at a town hall in New Hampshire,
August 2015

Born Donald John Trump
June 14, 1946 (age 69)
Queens, New York City, U.S.
Residence Trump Tower, Manhattan
Mar-A-Lago, Palm Beach, Florida
Nationality American
Other names "The Donald"
Education Kew-Forest School
New York Military Academy
Alma mater Fordham University
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
Chairman and president of The Trump Organization
Chairman of Trump Plaza Associates, LLC
Chairman of Trump Atlantic City Associates
Host of The Apprentice (2004–15)
Years active 1968–present
Salary US$250 million[1]
Net worth US$4.5 billion (Forbes October 2015)[2]
Political party Republican (2012–present; 2009–11; 1987–99)[3]
Previous affiliations:
Independent (2011–12)[3]
Democratic (2001–09;[3] until 1987[4])
Reform (1999–2001)[3]
Religion Presbyterian
Ivana Zelníčková (m. 1977–91)
Marla Maples (m. 1993–99)
Melania Knauss (m. 2005)

Children with Zelníčková;
Donald Trump, Jr.
Ivanka Trump
Eric Trump
with Maples;
Tiffany Trump
with Knauss;
Barron Trump

Fred Trump
Mary Anne MacLeod

Trump attended Fordham University for two years. He entered the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, as Wharton then offered one of the few real estate studies departments in US academia.[55] He graduated in 1968 with a bachelor of science degree in economics.
Trump has described his political leanings and positions in various, sometimes contradictory ways over time.[152][153][154][155] Politico has described his positions as "eclectic, improvisational and often contradictory."[155] He has listed his party affiliation as Republican, Independence Party, Democrat, and "decline to state."[156][155] He has also run as a Reform Party candidate.[156] Specifically, he has changed his positions on taxing the wealthy, abortion rights and health care.[155]
Trump runs on a highly populist [20] platform that often appeals to the concerns of working-class voters who feels displaced by job losses and changes to America's ethnic and religious demographics. Trump has gained widespread support for what he and his supporters call "telling it like it is,"[216][217] with a disdain for political correctness.[218][219] He is running counter to the Republican establishment, which widely opposes his candidacy and worries that him winning could hand the election to the Democratic nominee.[220]
Trump has employed strong rhetoric on religion, expressing negative sentiments about Muslims. Specifically, he has called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States. He has raised questions about the religious beliefs of other candidates, including Ben Carson and Ted Cruz.
Trump is a Presbyterian.[320] In an April 2011 interview on the 700 Club, he commented: "I'm a Protestant, I'm a Presbyterian. And you know I've had a good relationship with the church over the years. I think religion is a wonderful thing. I think my religion is a wonderful religion."[321][322]Trump told a 2015 South Carolina campaign audience he joined the Marble Collegiate Church, where he married his first wife Ivana in 1977. The church has said he is "not an active member".[323]

In 1983, the Reverend Norman Vincent Peale, described in a New York Times profile as Trump's "pastor" and "family minister," said that Trump was "kindly and courteous in certain business negotiations and has a profound streak of honest humility."[52] Trump calls his own book The Art of the Deal (1987) "my second favorite book of all time", and has told campaign audiences: "Do you know what my first is? The Bible! Nothing beats the Bible."[324][325] Declining to name his favorite Bible verse, Trump said "I don't like giving that out to people that you hardly know."[323]

Trump has said that while he participates in Holy Communion, he has not asked God for forgiveness for his sins. He says: "I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don't bring God into that picture."[326]

Trump has praised and maintains relationships with several prominent national evangelical and Christian leaders, including Tony Perkins and Ralph Reed.[327] During his 2016 presidential campaign, he received a blessing from Greek Orthodox priest Emmanuel Lemelson.[328]

Trump also has strong ties with the Jewish American community.[329] Asked in 2015 at an Algemeiner Journal awards ceremony about having Jewish grandchildren, Trump said: "Not only do I have Jewish grandchildren, I have a Jewish daughter (Ivanka, who converted to Judaism before her marriage to Jared Kushner) and I am very honored by that … it wasn't in the plan but I am very glad it happened."[330]

Both Megyn Kelly's and Donald Trump's personal info was found on Wikipedia.

So, what do you think?


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