Weeks after resolving his feud with Fox News and clearing up reports that he accused Megyn Kelly of menstruating during the GOP debate, Donald Trump is attacking the journalist again. Trump took to Twitter during Kelly’s show last night in order to unleash a new tirade, going as far as to retweet a supporter who referred to Kelly as a “bimbo.” It’s a classic act of Trump doubling down — he was criticized for retweeting someone calling Kelly a “bimbo” the first time around as well.
Trump’s feud with Kelly following the debate at least made some sense. This time it has gone too far. There was no reason for Trump to attack her, and he seemed only to be capitalizing on the fact that she had just returned from a multi-week vacation. His only criticism was that she was “afraid to confront Dr. Cornel West” and has “no clue on immigration.” He's only instigating a confrontation in order to attract attention to himself, a tactic which has worked wonders for him but may soon be running out of steam.
Trump has maintained a friendly relationship with Fox News chairman Roger Ailes throughout the years. In his Hollywood Reporter profile, Trump had the following to say: “Well, [Ailes]’s a man that I like a lot, he’s been a friend of mine for many years, and he has done an incredible job. We were at war because I felt [Kelly’s debate question about women] was unfair, and I let him know it. But it’s all fine now. They were tough questions, and I thought inappropriate, but Roger didn’t, and I’ll go with Roger.” Yet Trump’s most recent attack has Ailes turning on the leading GOP candidate once again.
According to CNN, Ailes issued a statement about the Twitter attack. “Donald Trump’s surprised and unprovoked attack on Megyn Kelly during her show last night is as unacceptable as it is disturbing,” Ailes said. “Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should.” As CNN Money reports, Trump had a different idea. “I totally disagree with the Fox statement,” Trump said. “I do not think Megyn Kelly is a quality journalist. I think her questioning of me, despite all of the polls saying I won the debate, was very unfair. Hopefully in the future I will be proven wrong and she will be able to elevate her standards to a level of professionalism that a network such as Fox deserves.”
Trump’s campaign has been successful thus seemingly because of his ability to be more honest than other politicians and for his refusal to apologize. His controversial statements about Mexican immigrants and John McCain not being a war hero only caused his status to increase in the polls. He still sits atop the RealClearPolitics polls for the GOP nomination, with 22 percent of the vote.
Yet this most recent attack shows signs that the public might not be as accepting as his unruly behavior for much longer. As The Hill reports, Fox pundits and other political personalities are beginning to turn on the presidential candidate for his comments about Kelly. People like Sean Hannity and Geraldo Rivera tweeted their feelings about the incident — arguing that Trump needs to focus on real issues rather than petty feuds. If American voters are smart, they’ll start to feel the same way soon. Trump can’t win the election based on his popularity for refusing to be politically correct alone. At a certain point, he’s going to have to stop relying on Twitter attacks for poll boosts and start talking about the actual policy he would implement if elected president. As his immigration plan has shown already, that could cause supporters to turn on him as well.
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