Donald Trump’s poll numbers are slipping. The Republican candidate is in dire need of some free publicity, so he is heading back to Fox News to pick a fight with Bill O’Reilly.
Trump’s presidential campaign has been living off of free media and controversy. As the billionaire’s numbers began to slip in the Republican polls, his free TV coverage started to dry up.
Fox News and Trump had a high-profile spat last week, where Trump announced he was boycotting Fox, and the network responded by claiming that he can’t boycott because they canceled his upcoming appearances.
In the meantime, Trump’s momentum has ground to a halt as he continues to lose support on a weekly basis. The Republican frontrunner has responded by doing the only thing that he knows how to do. Donald Trump is going to start another slap fight with Fox News.
According to The New York Times, “Less than a week after he said he would not be “doing any more Fox shows for the foreseeable future,” Donald J. Trump is set to appear Tuesday night on the network’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” the network confirmed.”
Trump is going to be interviewed by phone, and both Fox News and Trump hope that combination of two of the right’s biggest bags of hot air will do something that will get them both back into the national spotlight.
While the media has focused the impact that Donald Trump has had, what has been overlooked is the fact that outside of the reality television star, the Republican primary has been a boring bust. The Republican candidates aren’t charismatic or interesting. Most of them are devoid of personality. The Republican presidential debates would have been some painfully dull television without Trump.
Donald Trump needs free publicity to keep his circus rolling, and Fox News needs Trump to inject some personality into the Republican primary. The Trump media machine is breaking down, so the billionaire blowhard is heading to Fox News for a tune up.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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