New evidence suggests that Fox News aided Trump in the first Republican primary debate. In an explosive piece for The New Yorker, investigative journalist Jane Mayer reported that the late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes gave Trump the debate questions in advance. Her sources were from two insiders from the news channel as well as a former campaign aide. However, she admits that with Ailes’s passing and Fox’s denials, her theory is difficult to substantiate.
In the The New Yorker piece, she recalls how the debate on Fox News happened: “Kelly kept pressing Trump: 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 president?” Trump responded with his infamous “blood coming out of her wherever” slam. According to Mayer’s sources, this was a question that Trump had been given in advance. The other debate question that had been given to him was whether the candidates would “support the Republican nominee, regardless of who won.”
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