Trump asks Twitter followers to decide if he should debate

Technically Incorrect: Fox News openly mocks the latest social-media antics of the leading Republican candidate, who objects to Megyn Kelly as moderator.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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Donald Trump. Scared of Megyn Kelly?

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After tragedy becomes farce, where does it end up?

Twitter, of course.

There we can ask our followers what they think about the day's most important matters and observe -- in some pain -- what the whole world thinks about them too.

Leading Republican candidate Donald Trump understands this, which is why he's asking his Twitter followers whether he should even bother going to Thursday's Republican debate.

This one, you see, is being moderated by the moderates at Fox News. Trump objects to the presence of Megyn Kelly. She, in the first Republican debate, had the fair and balanced temerity to ask him entirely relevant questions about his treatment of women.

For example: "Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women's looks. You once told a contestant on 'Celebrity Apprentice' that it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?"

Trump spluttered, and derided her as "unfair." Well, obviously.

He's continued to hurl somewhat unpresidential Twitter abuse at her. For her part, Kelly has been scrupulously professional and has refused to enter into any kind of public skirmish.

The candidate, however, is still not happy. He's inviting his Twitter followers to decide whether he can even bear to be in the same room as her, perhaps fearing she might ask more unfairly relevant questions.

Currently, the Trumpeters -- as Sarah Palin called them last week -- are evenly divided on the should-I-stay-or-should-I-go question.

Will he, though, abide by the results of his poll? Trump didn't immediately reply to a request for comment.

Some might muse over the idea that someone who claims he's liked by everyone and will simultaneously govern with a firm, even ironfisted resolve might be tormented by the idea of Megyn Kelly asking a question.

The larger wigs at the network have already wondered about Trump's torment and are clearly amused by his plight. A Fox News spokeswoman offered me the following statement (for real):

"We learned from a secret back channel that the ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president -- a nefarious source tells us that Trump has his own secret plan to replace the cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings."

Some might fear that Trump's dainty dithering about whether to go to the debate at all is his way of ensuring that Kelly will be fair. His sort of fair, that is.

I suspect, though, that Fox News might understand what makes fine TV. It would be a huge disappointment if, should Trump be poised behind the podium (which he surely will be), Kelly doesn't ask him at least one pointed, but entirely fair, question.

A suggestion: "Mr. Trump, do you feel you're building a long wall between yourself and women? If so, who's paying for it?"

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