Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump (AP/Charlie Neibergall)

Donald Trump defends embattled campaign manager Corey Lewandowski — by attacking Megyn Kelly on "Fox & Friends"

Apparently, for Trump there is no evil so evil that Megyn Kelly can't be the root of it


Scott Eric Kaufman
March 30, 2016 6:21PM (UTC)

Likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called in to Fox & Friends Wednesday morning ostensibly to defend his embattled campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, but the real estate magnate and reality television star became distracted, as is his wont, but the subject of Megyn Kelly and spent the majority of the interview complaining about her.

In Trump's defense, the subject was raised by co-host Steve Doocy, who noted that on last night's episode of "The Kelly File," former Brietbart editor Ben Shapiro repeatedly came to the defense of his former colleague, Michelle Fields, and called Trump and his campaign manager Lewandowski "liars."

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"It's just another Megyn Kelly hit," Trump said. "My message is speak to the lawyer on the other side, because he said, 'Give me a break.'" When co-host Ainsley Earhardt pointed out that it was Shapiro, and not Kelly, who called him a liar, Trump replied, "well, it is her show, and frankly you can have Megyn Kelly."

Co-host Brian Kilmeade attempted to defend Kelly, saying "she does a great job -- she had a debate and it was the top issue that day," but Trump insisted it was his presence that drove the issue of his misogyny to the fore.

"Maybe she does a good job for you people," he said. "She doesn't do a good job for me. Let me tell you -- if she wouldn't report on Donald Trump, her ratings would go down in half."

Kilmeade noted that her ratings began to eclipse those of Fox News staple Bill O'Reilly long before this election cycle. "Her ratings went through the roof before you ran for president," he said, citing an easily verifiable fact.

But Trump was having none of it, replying that "if she wouldn't report on me, her ratings would go down in half."

Watch the entire exchange below via Fox News.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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