Following Thursday’s Republican debate in Cleveland, presidential hopeful Donald Trump told reporters that he felt the questions posed to him were “inappropriate” and that Fox News host Megyn Kelly especially “behaved very badly.”
“The questions to me were far tougher, and that I — supposedly, according to what everyone’s telling me, I won the debate, according to the call-ins and everything,” Trump told reporters after the debate, according to BuzzFeed. “But the questions to me were not nice, I didn’t think they were appropriate, and I think Megyn behaved very badly personally.”
Trump claimed that Kelly gave him an “unfair question” when she raised sexist remarks the businessman had made in the past.
“You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, snobs and disgusting animals,” Kelly said.
“Only Rosie O’Donnell,” Trump interrupted to laughter.
“For the record, it was well beyond Rosie O’Donnell,” Kelly said. “Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton — who is likely to be the Democratic nominee — that you are part of the ‘war on women?’ ”
“They weren’t even questions, they were statements that they asked,” Trump told the reporters afterwards.
The Fox News hosts who moderated the debate — Kelly, Bret Baier, and Chris Wallace — were tough on Trump throughout. They made him admit that he would consider a third-party run, asked him when he became a Republican, and asked tough questions about his record on sexism and his business career. The debate may have signaled a shift in tone for Fox, which has heavily covered Trump since he became a candidate and whose hosts often defend him.
Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen criticized the network and a Fox News focus group led by pollster Frank Luntz, which criticized Trump’s debate performance.
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) August 7, 2015
And Trump took to Twitter to go after Fox News in general, and Kelly in particular.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2015
Trump also discussed his phone call with former President Bill Clinton this spring during his post-debate interview with reporters.
“He called me, we had a nice chat about something, and he’s not happy that I’m running, I can tell you now, because I think he thinks I’m the worst nightmare for Hillary,” Trump said. Trump said he had decided to run before speaking with Clinton.