Saying he will not allow his news team to be bullied, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes on Tuesday demanded Donald Trump apologize for calling newswoman Megyn Kelly a ‘bimbo’ and some other choice words.
Not bloody likely!
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Ailes, in criticizing Trump, acknowledged he doubts Trump will say he’s sorry.
"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,” said the former longtime Republican strategist.
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Kelly, host of The Kelly File, was interviewing Cornel West Monday night when Trump went nuclear on her on the Twitters.
He said Kelly was “really off her game” and soft on the civil rights activist and philosopher, who earlier endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) for president.
Trump suggested that “bimbo” Kelly, who was fresh back from vacation, should take another.
Several Fox news personalities offered on-air support for Kelly, but seemed to tread lightly.
Trump, who was at a massive rally in Iowa, has not responded back -- yet -- to Ailes.
AILES' FULL STATEMENT
"Donald Trump's surprise and unprovoked attack on Megyn Kelly during her show last night is as unacceptable as it is disturbing. Megyn Kelly represents the very best of American journalism and all of us at Fox News Channel reject the crude and irresponsible attempts to suggest otherwise."
"I could not be more proud of Megyn for her professionalism and class in the face of all of Mr. Trump’s verbal assaults. Her questioning of Mr. Trump at the debate was tough but fair, and I fully support her as she continues to ask the probing and challenging questions that all presidential candidates may find difficult to answer."
"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. All of our journalists will continue to report in the fair and balanced way that has made FOX News Channel the number one news network in the industry.”