Donald Trump and Megyn Kelly (John Minchillo, AP)
It appears the detente between Fox News and Donald Trump is over.
Last night, Trump blasted Megyn Kelly in a series of tweets and retweets, saying “perhaps she could take another eleven day unscheduled vacation.”
I liked The Kelly File much better without @megynkelly. Perhaps she could take another eleven day unscheduled vacation!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2015
He then retweeted another user who referred to Kelly as a “bimbo.”
Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes fired back in a statement Tuesday, blasting the GOP front-runner’s “surprise and unprovoked attack on Megyn Kelly,” who he said “represents the very best of American journalism.” He also called on Trump to apologize.
Trump, in a response, said in a statement “I do not think Megyn Kelly is a quality journalist.” He added that he hoped that he “will be proven wrong and she will be able to elevate her standards to a level of professionalism that a network such as Fox deserves.”
Trump also cited his strong standing in the GOP race, including a poll out Tuesday showing him well ahead in South Carolina.
Fox commentator Sean Hannity also took Trump to task for his latest attacks on Kelly. In a tweet on Tuesday, he described Trump as “my friend,” but also called on the billionaire real estate developer to lay off Kelly.
The dispute between Fox News and Trump began following the opening GOP debate in Cleveland on Aug. 6. Trump complained that he’d been treated unfairly by Kelly when she asked him about his past comments on women. He told CNN the day after the debate: “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”
His comment sparked widespread criticism, including from Fox, though Trump denied he was referring to menstruation. In the days that followed, it seemed as if Trump and the network had mended fences, a truce that now appears to have been short-lived.
Here’s the full statement from Ailes:
Donald Trump’s surprise and unprovoked attack on Megyn Kelly during her show last night is as unacceptable as it is disturbing. Megyn Kelly represents the very best of American journalism and all …Read More