Donald Trump may have skipped the GOP debate last night in Iowa, but he still loomed large as he led the field in Google searches during the debate.
— Teddy Davis (@TeddyDavisCNN) January 29, 2016 
Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly started off the debate by asking Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) about Trump’s absence in order to “address the elephant not in the room tonight,” proving that even though he was three miles away, he was still on the minds of everyone on stage.
Trump. who has been feuding with Fox News since the first debate in August when moderator Megyn Kelly grilled him on his previous remarks about women, spurned the cable news giant and the RNC by skipping the debate and holding his own event at the same time to salute veterans. He was apparently hoping to cut into Fox’s debate audience, which no doubt will be lower due to Trump’s absence.