Fox News host, Megyn Kelly, is taking hits since the first Republican presidential debate. One of the presidential candidates, Donald Trump had some insulting remarks about the mediator.
No. Trump? Insulting? It can’t be…
Wednesday, Aug. 17, following the commotion, Kelly announced on “The Kelly File,” “Well, it’s been an interesting week, and a long six months without a vacation for yours truly. So I’ll be taking the next week-and-a-half off, spending some time with my husband and my kids trying to relax.”
During the Republican presidential debate, Kelly had asked Trump about some of the past sexist statements he had made, which Trump referred to as unfair, calling her questions “ridiculous” and “off-base.”
The announcement, which many are calling “sudden,” is under question as to whether Trump’s blows had anything to do with it. Fox says the two events have no correlation.
While Fox denies any link, Trump chimed in, saying, there “probably was [a connection], but I wouldn’t know anything about it.”
“People were surprised that, all of a sudden, she decided to go away for 10 days,” Trump said.
A Fox News spokeswoman released a statement on Friday, stating that Kelly’s vacation was indeed planned ahead of time, and that the previous debate had nothing to do with it.
“The conspiracy theories about Megyn Kelly’s vacation rank up there with UFO’s, the moon landing, and Elvis being alive,” the spokeswoman said. “Megyn is on a pre-planned, annual summer vacation with her family, which is much deserved. To imply otherwise, as Donald Trump and his campaign operatives have, is not only wildly irresponsible, but downright bizarre.”
The network also explained that other Fox News anchors have also recently taken time off, including Bill O’Reilly and Gretchen Carlson.
“Perhaps Mr. Trump thinks it’s advantageous to his poll numbers to keep talking about Megyn, but that doesn’t change the fact that Roger Ailes has fully supported her and her tough journalistic questioning since day one and is thrilled with the added exposure from the debate, which resulted in even higher ratings of The Kelly File this week,” the statement continued. “Anyone who knows Roger is aware of how historically and consistently loyal he is to all of his talent and how he protects them at all costs.”
Presidential candidate, Hilary Clinton, took to her social media pages to release a statement on Trump’s comments, turning his words into a way to campaign:
“What Donald Trump said about Megyn Kelly after the first Republican debate was offensive, and it deserves the kind of reaction that it’s getting from so many others—but if we focus on that, we’re making a mistake. What a lot of the men on that stage in the debate said was offensive: some very radical and offensive positions when it comes to women’s lives, women’s reproductive health, women’s opportunities.
When one of the GOP’s major candidates, Marco Rubio, says there should be no exceptions for rape and incest in a ban on abortion, that is as offensive and as troubling a comment as you can hear from a major candidate running for the presidency. The language may be more colorful and more offensive when it comes from one candidate, but the thinking, and the attitude, toward women is very much the same as the rest—it’s just delivered in a different package. What they say about women should not be forgotten.
So yes, it makes great TV. Trump went way overboard: offensive, outrageous, pick your adjective. But what Rubio said has as much of an impact in terms of where the Republican party is today as anybody else on that stage. And it is deeply troubling, and it should be to the press, not just to those who fight for women’s health and rights.”
Looks like women are taking a stand against Trump. And Megyn Kelly is taking her much needed vacation away from the drama.