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Fox News chief calls on Trump to apologize for Megyn Kelly remarks
by Associated Press
August 25, 2015

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Donald Trump (left) and Megyn Kelly.

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News chief Roger Ailes said Tuesday that Donald Trump owes the network’s Megyn Kelly an apology for an unprovoked Twitter attack that ‘‘is as unacceptable as it is disturbing,’’ but Trump isn’t backing down.

The Republican presidential front-runner-turned-TV-critic had welcomed Kelly back from a vacation Monday night by tweeting that he liked her show better while she was away. Trump said Kelly ‘‘must have had a terrible vacation’’ because ‘‘she’s really off her game.’’ He retweeted a message that referred to her as a bimbo.

‘‘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,’’ said Ailes, the Fox News Channel chairman. ‘‘I could not be more proud of Megyn for her professionalism and class in the face of all of Mr. Trump’s verbal assaults.’’

Trump, in a statement, said he disagreed with Ailes and that he doesn’t think Kelly is a quality journalist. ‘‘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.’’

Trump has been attacking Kelly ever since her tough questioning of him during the first GOP presidential debate, seen by 24 million people on Fox on Aug. 6. A day after the debate, he said Kelly had ‘‘blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.’’


That led to a private, clear-the-air conversation between Ailes and Trump two weeks ago, but that clearly hasn’t led to peace.

In his tweets, Trump repeated his contention that Kelly, host of a prime-time Fox show and one of the network’s biggest stars, was sent on an unplanned vacation that ended Monday. Fox said her time off had been scheduled long before the debate. Trump also tweeted that Kelly was afraid to confront a guest, Dr. Cornel West, and that she had ‘‘no clue’’ on immigration.

Donald J. Trump ✔ ‎@realDonaldTrump
I liked The Kelly File much better without @megynkelly. Perhaps she could take another eleven day unscheduled vacation!
6:50 PM - 24 Aug 2015 · Manhattan, NY, United States

Donald J. Trump ✔ ‎@realDonaldTrump
.@megynkelly must have had a terrible vacation, she is really off her game. Was afraid to confront Dr. Cornel West. No clue on immigration!
6:42 PM - 24 Aug 2015 · Manhattan, NY, United States

Donald J. Trump ✔ ‎@realDonaldTrump
"@mstanish53: @realDonaldTrump @megynkelly The bimbo back in town . I hope not for long ."
7:02 PM - 24 Aug 2015 · Manhattan, NY, United States


‘‘Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should,’’ Ailes said. ‘‘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.’’

In addition to Roger Ailes, several of Kelly’s Fox News colleagues came to her defense on Tuesday. Hosts Bret Baier and Sean Hannity took to Twitter to call on Trump to end his attacks on Kelly.

Bret Baier ✔ ‎@BretBaier
It's been 19 days since the debate- @realDonaldTrump has made his feelings clear. But THIS needs to stop http://www.mediaite.com/online/trump-tr ... r-a-bimbo/ … #let-it-go
8:42 AM - 25 Aug 2015

Trump Trolls 'Terrible' Megyn Kelly Again, RT's Someone Calling Her a Bimbo
Remember how Donald Trump attacked Megyn Kelly because she dared to ask him tough questions and how tiring it was? Well, he's at it again!
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Sean Hannity ✔ ‎@seanhannity
My friend @realDonaldTrump has captured the imagination of many. Focus on Hillary, Putin, border, jobs, Iran China & leave @megynkelly alone
10:10 AM - 25 Aug 2015


Brian Kilmeade said on ‘‘Fox & Friends’’ that Trump’s comments bothered him personally.

‘‘We are all friends with Donald Trump, but he is totally out of bounds reigniting that fight,’’ Kilmeade said. ‘‘I don’t know if he’s trying to get ratings out of that or poll numbers, but he’s not going to be successful.’’
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