Fox News says Donald Trump demanded $5 million to be in their debate tonight. They declined. Here is their statement:
Roger Ailes had three brief conversations with Donald Trump today about possibly appearing at the debate – there were not multiple calls placed by Ailes to Trump. In the course of those conversations, we acknowledged his concerns about a satirical observation we made in order to quell the attacks on Megyn Kelly, and prevent her from being smeared any further. Furthermore, Trump offered to appear at the debate upon the condition that FOX News contribute $5 million to his charities. We explained that was not possible and we could not engage in a quid pro quo, nor could any money change hands for any reason. In the last 48 hours, we’ve kept two issues at the forefront — we would never compromise our journalistic standards and we would always stand by our journalist, Megyn Kelly. We have accomplished those two goals and we are pleased with the outcome. We’re very proud to have her on stage as a debate moderator alongside Bret Baier & Chris Wallace.
It’s pretty wild because Trump himself has never donated $5 million to anything from his own donation, let alone veterans.
Meanwhile, Trump’s YouTube audience tonight spiked around 55,000 viewers. He would have been cancelled had that been a real show. I did love the Las Vegas guy who came on — Phil Ruffin– with a $1 million pledge to Trump’s foundation. He’s almost 80, his wife is around 35 and a former Miss Ukraine. Very entertaining.