Donald Trump's Campaign Calls Megyn Kelly an 'Overrated Reporter' After Fox News Says He Has an 'Extreme, Sick Obsession with Her'
Trump inexplicably attacked Kelly on Twitter Friday, calling her "sick" and "the most overrated person on tv"
The Republican presidential front runner attacked the The Kelly File anchor on Twitter Friday telling his over 7 million followers,”Everybody should boycott the @megynkelly show. Never worth watching. Always a hit on Trump! She is sick, & the most overrated person on tv.”
Trump, 69, has continued to attack Kelly, 45, since he took exception to her question at the first GOP debate in August 2015, when the Fox News moderator asked him about previous quotes he’d given to describe women. Though the two appeared cordial at the March 3 Republican debate, Trump renewed his Twitter barrage against the anchor on Tuesday night, with several new posts, referring to Kelly as “crazy Megyn.” The following day, Trump announced he would be skipping a scheduled March 21 GOP debate to be hosted by Fox News — with Kelly one of the moderators. The cable channel then cancelled the debate.
In response to Trump’s latest tweet against Kelly – which has been retweeted by over 3,500 users and liked by over 11,000 – Fox News expressed their full support for Kelly in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
“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 network spokesperson says.
“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.”
On Saturday, Trump’s campaign called Kelly a “high overrated reporter” in a statement to PEOPLE.
“Megyn Kelly is a highly overrated reporter and anchor that constantly disparages Mr. Trump with negative and inaccurate reports,” the campaign said in a statement. “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. In fact, Fox News has begged Mr. Trump to do a primetime special to be broadcast on the Fox Network, not cable, with Megyn Kelly. He has turned them down.
“Likewise, they recently called for an unsolicited and unplanned debate with Kelly as a featured moderator,” the statement continued. “He turned them down and they immediately canceled. On the Fox debate that Mr. Trump did not do, they received by far their lowest rating. Unlike Megyn Kelly, who resorts to putting out statements via Fox News, Mr. Trump will continue to defend himself against the inordinate amount of unfair and inaccurate coverage he receives on her second-rate show each night.”
• With reporting by CHARLOTTE TRIGGS