Megyn Kelly Says Donald Trump Used to Send Her Signed Newspaper Clippings
"I was never going to love him, and I was never going to hate him.”
Megyn Kelly was getting apparently random mail and calls from Donald Trump before he announced his GOP bid for president.
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the Fox News personality and host of The Kelly File talked about a number of memorable moments throughout her career as a journalist, including the Trump feud following the first Republican primary presidential debate.
Kelly, who said she was very ill but refused to be absent from moderating the event, made headlines herself for asking the billionaire businessman right off the bat about his sexist remarks through the years. That quickly set off a firestorm from both Trump and his supporters, some of whom even sent her death threats, she said.
But there wasn't always animosity from Trump aimed at Kelly, she told the magazine. Before he officially threw his hat in the ring for the White House, the former host of The Apprentice would send Kelly mail and call her occasionally, she said.
“He would send me press clippings about me that he would just sign ‘Donald Trump.’ And he called from time to time to compliment a segment," Kelly told Vanity Fair. "I didn’t know why he was doing that. And then when he announced that he was running for president, it became more clear. But I can’t be wooed. I was never going to love him, and I was never going to hate him.”
Kelly made the comment about the mail and calls after the magazine's interviewer suggested that Trump "sounded like a jilted suitor" by his reaction after the debate.
As for that famous debate prompt — in which Kelly prefaced her question by saying Trump "called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ 'slobs' and 'disgusting animals' " — the Fox News anchor said she wrote it and thoroughly researched it before debate night.
"It was interesting to me after the debate when people started fact-checking my question," Kelly told Vanity Fair. "My own reaction was ‘Bring it on.’ You think I’d go out there and ask a question like that at the first GOP debate without making sure I was bulletproof on every single word?”
On Wednesday, Trump responded to Kelly's claims that he was trying to win her favor, telling political website The Hill, "the last person in the world I would try to woo is Megyn Kelly."
The upcoming Jan. 28 debate on Fox will be moderated — as was the first Republican debate — by Kelly, Chris Wallace and Bret Baier. Trump told The Hill he doubted Kelly's impartiality, saying: "I’m not sure she can be fair and balanced because she has a thing with Donald Trump."
When asked if he thinks they will get along during the Fox debate, Trump responded, "No. I don’t think we will." Despite his issues with Kelly, Trump said that "he probably will" participate in the event.
Jan. 6, 8:45 a.m. Updated with Trump's response.