While not directly responding to Donald Trump on Friday, Fox News host Megyn Kelly did rebut one of his campaign’s accusations against her during an interview with Univision host Jorge Ramos.
“Many shows would get a pop if they put him on,” she told Ramos. “I would submit to you that I’m the second-highest-rated show in all of cable news and I haven’t had Trump on in seven months. It can be done.”
The interview aired just hours after the Republican presidential front-runner called on his supporters to boycott her show, accusing her of being “sick” and constantly airing negative pieces on him.
Kelly’s network quickly released a statement in her defense ripping Trump for what it called an “extreme, sick obsession” with the Kelly File host.
“We’re extremely proud of her phenomenal work and continue to fully support her throughout every day of Trump’s endless barrage of crude and sexist verbal assaults,” the statement read.
But as the Los Angeles Times reported, Trump’s campaign fired back on Friday evening with another statement accusing her of “constantly” disparaging the real estate mogul, and saying that Fox officials “begged” him to appear on a one-hour special with her.
“Despite the fact he wants nothing to do with her and will not appear on her show due to her extremely biased reporting, much of the program is about him anyway on a nightly basis,” said Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks.
During the interview, Ramos — who has clashed with Trump in the past — reiterated his belief that reporters need to challenge Trump more often.
“Some of the interviews are, honestly, really embarrassing,” he told Kelly. “They give him a free pass. He needs to be challenged on what he said about Mexican immigrants; what he said about Muslims; what he said about women. What he said about women is offensive and sexist. What he said about Mexican immigrants is simply wrong and false. And is he going to ban 1.5 billion people from the United States simply because of their religion? So I do understand why he’s getting all the attention, but the way we are covering Donald Trump is not the right one.”
“He has been challenged on all of those things that you mentioned,” Kelly replied. “That has happened. But the other thing is, when raising a challenge along the lines that you just suggested, is it really the reporter’s job to say, ‘This is hateful; this is sexist; this is racist.’ Or is it the reporter’s job to say, ‘These are the facts. This is what you’ve said,’ and — as we’ve said here at Fox — ‘We report, you decide, viewers.'”
Watch the interview, as aired on Friday, below.
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Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’
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To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.
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