The feud began shortly after the first Republican debate earlier this month where Trump felt he was treated unfairly by Kelly and the other moderators, claiming that their questions were targeted, unfair and “nasty.”
Most notably, Trump lashed out at Kelly during a telephone interview with CNN, saying: she had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
As NBC News reported, the battle seemed to have ended a few days later when Trump tweeted that he had spoken to Fox New head Roger Ailes, writing:
He is a great guy & assures me that ‘Trump’ will be treated fairly on @FoxNews.
However, this Tuesday Trump was at it again with a series of tweets lashing out at Kelly.
For her part, Megyn Kelly has remained mute on the matter, promising on her show to refrain from making any remarks other than to defend her questions to Trump during the debate.
Ailes, however, issued a statement Tuesday following Trump’s recent attacks on Kelly:
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 of us at FOX News Channel reject the crude and irresponsible attempts to suggest otherwise. I could not be more proud of Megyn for her professionalism and class in the face of all of Mr. Trump’s verbal assaults. Her questioning of Mr. Trump at the debate was tough but fair, and I fully support her as she continues to ask the probing and challenging questions that all presidential candidates may find difficult to answer. Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should. We have never been deterred by politicians or anyone else attacking us for doing our job, much less allowed ourselves to be bullied by anyone and we’re certainly not going to start now. All of our journalists will continue to report in the fair and balanced way that has made FOX News Channel the number one news network in the industry.
Trump responded with a statement published by Politico:
I totally disagree with the FOX statement. I do not think Megyn Kelly is a quality journalist. I think her questioning of me, despite all of the polls saying I won the debate, was very unfair. Hopefully in the future I 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.