Despite vowing not to appear on Fox News, it seems Donald Trump is still watching the network.
During Thursday's episode of "The Kelly File," Fox News contributor and National Review editor Rich Lowry suggested Carly Fiorina’s debate performance castrated Trump. Moments later, the GOP front-runner went predictably apoplectic, tweeting calls for government intervention and an apology.
“Let’s be honest, in the last debate Carly cut his balls off with the precision of a surgeon,” Lowry said. “And he knows it. He knows it. He’s insulted and bullied his way to the top off the polls and nobody was able to best him except for that tough lady on that stage and it must kill him, he must be simmering about it to this day.”
Unfortunately for Trump, his call for a fine is unrealistic: By their own admission, the Federal Communications Commission has never fined a cable network for obscenity. Additionally, political, scientific, and artistic content is exempted from punishment. Instead, the obscenity rules are mostly focused on preventing on-air pornography and keeping broadcast networks clean.
Trump's fury came just hours after he vowed not to appear on Fox News because he felt they were treating him unfairly. (The declaration hit just 41 days after ending his last boycott of the network.)
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But the cable network promptly threw cold water on Trump’s claims, saying it was they who canceled Trump's scheduled appearance on "The O'Reilly Factor," not the other way around.
Thereafter, Trump spent the day in South Carolina, disparaging the media. “95% of them are morons,” he said in Columbia.
“Every single poll said Trump won the debate,” he boasted in North Charleston. “The pundits don’t say that, they really hate me.”