He said Fox News had apologised and asked him to change his mind at the last minute.
Mr Trump said: “I have to go a step further and say that Fox has been extremely nice in the last number of hours. They called a few minutes ago. Can you come over? I say, hasn’t it already started?
“They’ve been very nice and wanted me to go, and apologised and everything. But once this started, it’s for our vets, there was nothing I could do. For me personally is it a good thing? A bad thing? Will I get more votes? Who the hell knows but it’s for the vets.”
Masterly trolling there.
To repeat my own idea. Trump is, above all, a masterly salesman. Seriously good at it. I’m not all that bad myself actually. And the trick is always to find out what it is that your mark wants to buy: then say that’s what you’re selling them. And Trump’s managed that with a goodly portion of the Republican base.
Whether he can continue, whether he can do it with the general population…..
The implication of this if course that he doesn’t believe a word of what he’s saying it, Well, when he says it, yes, because a salesman has to. But 30 seconds afterwards? Nope.