Dear Commons Community,
In the latest Donald Trump/Fox News debate saga, Bill O’Reilly, all but got down of his knees, to beg Trump to participate in the Republican Party’s Presidential Debate scheduled for tonight.
It is obvious that the Republican Party has a major problem when its number one media outlet, Fox News, and its leading contender for the Party’s presidential nomination are in an open feud over debate logistics. As reported in The Huffington Post:
“Bill O’Reilly wants Donald Trump to be the bigger man in his ongoing feud with Fox News, but Trump is promising an “eye for an eye” instead.
The “O’Reilly Factor” host was trying to convince the GOP frontrunner to join Thursday night’s debate in Iowa despite his dislike for Megyn Kelly, the Fox News host who will be one of the event’s moderators.
O’Reilly even tried appealing to Trump’s Christian faith, something the candidate has spoken of frequently in an effort to woo evangelical voters.
“In your Christian faith, there is a very significant tenet and that’s the tenet of forgiveness,” O’Reilly said.
“I think you should be the bigger man,” O’Reilly added. “Don’t you think that’s the right thing to do?”
“It probably is,” Trump agreed. “But y’know it’s called an eye for an eye. I guess also you can look at it that way.”
“No, no, no,” O’Reilly countered. “That’s Old Testament. If you’re the Christian, the eye-for-the-eye rule goes out. Here’s what it is: Turning the other cheek.”
O’Reilly physically turned his cheek and patted himself to show what he meant.
Trump brushed off the appeal to his faith and instead plugged his event Thursday night for the Wounded Warrior Project, which he will be doing instead of participating in the GOP debate.
In sum, a media mess for Fox News and Trump!