“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.”
Those were the words of Fox News CEO and Chairman Roger Ailes while calling on Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump to apologize for his “unprovoked attack” against host Megyn Kelly on Twitter.
Kelly was targeted by Trump after the popular Fox News host asked him a couple of questions during a debate hosted debate by GOP presidential candidates on August 6.
However, Trump renewed his attacks last Monday in a series of tweets where he criticized the manner at which Kelly handled and interview segment on her show. In one of the tweets, Trump claimed that Kelly’s recently-concluded and long-planned summer vacation with members of her family was as a matter of fact unscheduled, and further retweeted a tweet where he referred to Kelly as a “bimbo,” according to Fox News.
However, in a swift reaction to the statement issued by Fox, Trump said: “I totally disagree with the Fox statement;” insisting that Kelly’s questioning of him during the debate “was very unfair.”
In defence of their colleague, some of Kelly’s friends, including Bret Baier, who moderated the debate with Kelly and Chris Wallace, tweeted that “this needs to stop.” 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.”
Also tweeting his support for Kelly, Fox News’ Sean Hannity said: “My friend @realDonaldTrump has captured the imagination of many. Focus on Hillary, Putin, border, jobs, Iran China & leave @megynkelly alone.”