Fox News Thanks Trump For Hyping Debate With Megyn Kelly Comments
Kelly is set to moderate the upcoming Republican debate with Bret Baier and Chris Wallace on Jan. 28.
Trump has more words for Megyn Kelly.
The Republican presidential candidate tweeted on Saturday morning that The Kelly File Fox News anchor should not moderate the upcoming Republican presidential debate along with Bret Baier and Chris Wallace in Iowa on Jan. 28. Trump tweeted: “Based on @MegynKelly's conflict of interest and bias she should not be allowed to be a moderator of the next debate.”
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
A Fox News spokesperson responded to the tweet just hours later in a statement, "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."
Trump has made critical remarks towards Kelly since their exchange when Kelly moderated an earlier Republican debate in August. Kelly asked Trump about misogynist and sexist comments he had made in the past, calling women names including “fat pigs” and “slobs." Trump later told Don Lemon on CNN that Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes” and “blood coming out of her whatever,” which insinuated he was talking about her menstrual cycle.
Although Trump recently expressed his comments of changing the moderator, news of Kelly returning with Baier and Wallace for the January debate was reported by the Los Angeles Times after the Aug. 6 Republican debate. The Los Angeles Times also added that Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes noted his Fox News anchors as "the best political debate team ever put on television" and at the time a Fox News representative said "there has been no discussion of making changes."
Trump's continued criticism of Kelly prompted Ailes to come to Kelly’s defense, calling Trump’s actions “unacceptable,” which put Trump in an on-again, off-again relationship with the network.
Trump sounded off on Ailes and Kelly in a Hollywood Reporter cover story where he said he believes in apologizing, but can’t remember the last time he did it. He also said the controversial subject with Kelly during the debate was “fun” and that only a deviant would think he was talking about her menstrual cycle.
Trump has still not held back in airing how he feels about Kelly. In October, he fired off tweets insulting Kelly’s guests Chris Stirewalt and Marc Thiessen after the men made negative remarks about Trump’s previous debate performances. Trump also retweeted viewers who blasted Kelly and her show.
Since then, Kelly had Trump's former campaign strategist Roger Stone on The Kelly File where he spoke in support of Trump while discussing the National Review's cover story on the Republican presidential candidate. Stone defended Trump as a a strong candidate with "crossover appeal."
Jan. 23, 2:45 p.m., updated with statement from Fox News