Donald Trump has called Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly a “bimbo” -- for the second time. The new insult arrived shortly after the presidential candidate announced on Jan. 26 that he would be skipping the upcoming Republican debate because Kelly would be a moderator.
The feud between Trump and Kelly began during the first GOP debate, held in August 2015, when “The Kelly File” host took an aggressive line of questioning.
“You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, slobs and disgusting animals,” Kelly noted, her voice seething with disapproval. Trump took the statement personally and later retweeted a fan’s assertion that Kelly was a “bimbo,” The Hill reports.
Now, Trump has vowed to skip the Jan. 28 GOP debate after Fox News announced Kelly would be a moderator. Trump told reporters that Kelly is a “lightweight” and “not a reporter.”
The conservative news network released a statement standing by Kelly, and she even received sympathy from an unlikely source: liberal documentary filmmaker Michael Moore.
During a Jan. 26 interview on “The Kelly File,” Moore praised Kelly for getting under Trump’s skin, The Daily Beast reports.
“What’s he afraid of?” the filmmaker asked Kelly. “I’m sitting here, I don’t feel any fear.”
“You just didn’t deserve to be treated this way,” Moore continued. “You have done something that Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, none of them have been able to do, which is essentially frighten him. Everybody’s tried to do this for months and you did it!”
Kelly responded that all she ever did was ask Trump a question about things he had said.
“God bless you, Megyn Kelly,” Moore concluded at the end of the interview.
While he did not call her a fat pig, Trump did call Kelly a bimbo again on Jan. 27, The Hill reports.
“I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct,” Trump tweeted out to followers. “Instead I will only call her a lightweight reporter!”
The tone is playful, but the intent seems clear.
Ironically, in 2011, Trump and Kelly shared a chummy interview. It was the 2012 presidential election and the businessman wanted to moderate a forum questioning the GOP candidates, Fox News reports.
He told Kelly that their refusal to show up and be questioned by him was cowardly, adding that “we’re not seeing a lot of courage.”
Trump then told Kelly that he could never be as good a moderator as her.
“I could never beat you … that would be no contest,” Trump told his future enemy. “You have done a great job, by the way. And I mean it.”