FOX News torches Donald Trump for his 'sick obsession' with Megyn Kelly
Fox News fired back at Donald Trump in a scathing statement Friday evening, in response to the business mogul's latest series of inflammatory tweets directed at Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.
"Donald Trump's vitriolic attacks against Megyn Kelly and his extreme, sick obsession with her is beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate who wants to occupy the highest office in the land," a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement emailed to Business Insider.
Earlier today, Trump called for a boycott of Kelly's show "The Kelly File" on Twitter, calling her "the most overrated person on tv."
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Trump has gone on multiple tirades against Kelly throughout the campaign season, most recently on Tuesday, when he posted a series of tweets criticizing the anchor. In some tweets, he dubbed her "Crazy Megyn," a characterization some have foundsexist.
He skipped a Republican debatehosted by Fox News in January after complaining Kelly would be one of three moderators.
"I'm not a fan of Megyn Kelly. I think she's a third-rate reporter," Trump said in January. I think she, frankly, is not good at what she does."
Trump's feud with Kelly began last year when the anchor confronted him over his history of sexist remarks during a Republican debate. Hours after the debate, Trump went on a lengthy rant against Kelly on Twitter and shared one tweet from a different user that called Kelly a "bimbo."
Kelly has generally refrained from responding to Trump's attacks, although she did acknowledge his remarks at least once.
"I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism, so I'll continue doing my job without fear or favor," she said in an August episode of her show, according to The New York Times.
Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks responded to the Fox News statement by again criticizing Kelly. In a statement to The Associated Press, Hicks said:
Read the full statement from Fox News here:
Megyn Kelly is a highly overrated reporter and anchor that constantly disparages Mr. Trump with negative and inaccurate reports. Despite the fact he wants nothing to do with her and will not appear on her show due to her extremely biased reporting, much of the program is about him anyway on a nightly basis.
Donald Trump's vitriolic attacks against Megyn Kelly and his extreme, sick obsession with her is beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate who wants to occupy the highest office in the land. Megyn is an exemplary journalist and one of the leading anchors in America — we're extremely proud of her phenomenal work and continue to fully support her throughout every day of Trump's endless barrage of crude and sexist verbal assaults. As the mother of three young children, with a successful law career and the second highest rated show in cable news, it's especially deplorable for her to be repeatedly abused just for doing her job.
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