Donald Trump’s ‘attack’ on Megyn Kelly ‘disturbing’: Fox News boss
WATCH ABOVE: GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump attacked Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly on Twitter Monday night and some of his followers joined in on the bashing. Chip Reid reports.
TORONTO — Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly’s boss has called out Donald Trump on his “unacceptable” attacks against Kelly.
Fox News CEO and chairman Roger Ailes released a statement Tuesday demanding Trump apologize for his “unprovoked attack” on Kelly. The latest in the ongoing drama had Trump tweeting Monday night that he liked Kelly’s show “much better without” the host, as she returned to her post Monday night after a vacation.
He then retweeted another user’s post, calling Kelly a bimbo.
“Donald Trump’s surprise and unprovoked attack on Megyn Kelly during her show last night is as unacceptable as it is disturbing,” said Ailes in the statement.
“Megyn Kelly represents the very best of American journalism and all of us at Fox News Channel reject the crude and irresponsible attempts to suggest otherwise.”
Ailes went on to say Kelly reacted with professionalism and class in the face of Trump’s verbal assaults, and said her questioning was “tough but fair”.
“Donald Trump rarely apologizes,” Ailes added, “although in this case, he should.”
It all began on August 6, when Kelly served as moderator at the GOP primary debate.
During the live debate Kelly got on Trump’s bad side by questioning him on his history of referring to women as “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals.” After the debate Trump called Kelly a bimbo. The next day he commented to CNN that “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.” Many took that as a suggestion by Trump that Kelly was menstruating while moderating, which prompted women to tweet at the presidential hopeful about their periods.
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However, Ailes shouldn’t hold his breath: Trump fired back Tuesday afternoon with a statement of his own.
“I do not think Megyn Kelly is a quality journalist,” Trump said in a statement, as reported by Politico magazine.
Trump said he still believes Kelly’s questioning of him was “unfair”, however he is hopeful that in the future Kelly will “be able to elevate her standards to a level of professionalism that a network such as FOX deserves.”
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