The Megyn Kelly questions & why Donald Trump hates her

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By Lynn Woolley

I have a different point of view from some of my conservative brethren about the idea of asking tough questions – even to people I support.

Of all the nation’s talk show hosts, I probably spent the most time as an actual reporter – at big radio stations like KNOW, KVET, WFAA, and KRLD. I covered a lot of politics – fair and balanced if I may say so – before I ever started getting paid for having an opinion.

The problem with debate moderators is not how “hard” a question is – but whether the question is “legitimate.” Reporters that ask tough – but relevant — questions are protecting the public’s right to know.

Megyn Kelly at the GOP debate on 8/9/15 (Photo: Washington Times)

Megyn Kelly at the GOP debate on 8/9/15 (Photo: Washington Times)

That’s what Megyn Kelly did with Trump.

She asked him questions that I was interested in and wanted to see how he would answer. After all, if he can’t answer questions about his own actions, I’m not going to vote for him.

CNBC was out of line.

The RNC fired NBC News because the debate moderators acted like idiots and asked smarmy questions with built-in insinuations that came from a liberal perspective. I cheered when the Republicans withdrew from NBC in retaliation. The bottom line is that the CNBC panel did not ask tough questions – they asked questions specifically designed to help the Democrats by embarrassing the Republicans.

Video: The terrible CNBC debate — Ted Cruz takes over

That is not probing. That is taking sides.

What did Megyn Kelly ask?

She asked a pair of questions that related to Trump’s own past – much of it quite recent. A candidate for president should have character and should answer to things he has done or said as they relate to what kind of president he would be.

Video: Kelly’s first question to Trump at the GOP debate

Trump’s reputation for having been demeaning to women in general is legendary. Kelly is a woman, but it doesn’t matter. A male panelist could and should have asked the same question. Here’s what she asked:

“Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don’t use a politician’s filter. However, that is not without its downsides, in particular, when it comes to women. You’ve called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ ‘slobs’ and ‘disgusting animals.’ … Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who was likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?”

The question was too long. But it was not an irrelevant or “gotcha” question. It related to Trump’s past statements and actions regarding women in a campaign in which the other party’s frontrunner makes this subject a top issue.

Her next question rankled him as well.

Video: Kelly wants to know about Trump’s becoming a Republican

Here’s what she asked:

“Mr. Trump, in 1999, you said you were, quote, ‘very pro-choice.’ Even supporting partial-birth abortion. You favored an assault weapons ban as well. In 2004, you said in most cases you identified as a Democrat. Even in this campaign, your critics say you often sound more like a Democrat than a Republican, calling several of your opponents on the stage things like ‘clowns’ and ‘puppets.’ When did you actually become a Republican?”

Kelly took heat from Trump and his followers on the Right for this question.

But isn’t this THE question?

As a conservative who has not drunk the Kool-Aid, this is key for me to finding a pathway to voting for Trump. Trump has been pro-abortion, pro-gun-control, and has generally been a liberal Democrat. I would have asked him if he wasn’t on the wrong debate stage. Shouldn’t he have been debating Hillary and the Bern?

I don’t care what you think of Trump or Kelly. But I care about possibly electing the wrong guy.

Does anybody think that trump may be fooling us now? Maybe he is and maybe he isn’t but I want to know. If anything, Kelly’s questions were not tough enough — and there weren’t enough of them. I want to know everything I can about Donald J. Trump.

And if he refuses to answer these questions, then I will not vote for him.

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  1. landdude1 says:

    With this latest fiasco with Trump and Fox News, I believe Trump has used the Megyn Kelly issue to create a faux rift with Fox in order to garner some Democratic voter support. He honestly believes he will win the nomination and is now planting a seed with the Democratic voter. Pretty brilliant. You think Slick Willy was good? Just watch. I do not trust this guy one bit.

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