Donald Trump has restarted his feud with Fox News journalist Megyn Kelly, insisting that her bias against him should disqualify her as moderator for an upcoming debate. Fox News is brushing off the attacks, even thanking Trump for the attention.
Fox News, together with Google and YouTube, will be hosting the GOP debate in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 28, just days before the Iowa caucus on February 1. There will be three moderators. The first two will be Chris Wallace and Bret Baier, but the spotlight will likely be on the third – Megyn Kelly.
In August last year, in another GOP debate on Fox News, Kelly questioned Donald Trump about his negative comments towards women. According to Time, she started off saying, “You’ve called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ ‘slobs,’ and ‘disgusting animals.'”
“Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees.”
Megyn Kelly then asked if that was an appropriate temperament for a president. Donald Trump was not happy and made repeated attacks after the debate often calling her a liar or overrated. In one retweet he called her a “bimbo.”
Trump even insinuated that Kelly had been menstruating on the day of the debate, saying “you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
The bad blood appears to have remained, although Politico reports that Kelly has never directly responded to any of the attacks. She told Vanity Fair this month that “I can’t be wooed. I was never going to love him, and I was never going to hate him.”
Now, the Des Moines Fox News debate will allow for the first face-to-face confrontation since August, and Donald Trump seems to want no part of it.
Based on @MegynKelly‘s conflict of interest and bias she should not be allowed to be a moderator of the next debate.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2016
Trump followed up in a campaign event in Pella, Iowa, saying she is too biased to be a referee. The Presidential candidate still made no indication that he would skip the debate.
Fox News was quick respond, cheekily thanking Donald Trump on Saturday to promoting the event.
“Megyn Kelly has no conflict of interest. Donald Trump is just trying to build up the audience for Thursday’s debate, for which we thank him.”
He also took time in the Pella even to go after conservative pundit Glenn Beck, who recently endorsed Ted Cruz for president.
“Glenn Beck—every time I see him, he’s crying. He’s a whack job. What a mess. Is this guy OK?… By the way, he endorsed Ted Cruz. I’ll take Sarah Palin every single day.”
He followed up with another tweet.
Word is that crying @GlennBeck left the GOP and doesn’t have the right to vote in the Republican primary. Dumb as a rock.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2016
Donald Trump still leads in Iowa according to Real Clear Politics aggregated polls, but Ted Cruz is only 5 points away. The next Fox News debate and Megyn Kelly could make a major difference in the outcome for Iowa.
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