Fox News slams Trump for 'verbal assaults' on Megyn Kelly, says presidentiable has 'sick obsession' with anchor
Mar 21, 2016 03:02 AM EDT
Fox News is slamming Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for allegedly making "sexist verbal assaults" against the network's journalist Megyn Kelly. Fox's latest action against Trump follows the latter's recent statements in which he described Kelly as "sick" and "overrated."
"Donald Trump's vitriolic attacks against Megyn Kelly and his extreme, sick obsession with her is beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate who wants to occupy the highest office in the land," Fox News said in a statement, as quoted by the New York Times.
"Megyn is an exemplary journalist and one of the leading anchors in America - 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. As the mother of three young children, with a successful law career and the second highest rated show in cable news, it's especially deplorable for her to be repeatedly abused just for doing her job."
Trump has been besmirching Kelly's reputation in the past seven months, a series of attacks which stemmed from the debate in August last year wherein Kelly asked Trump to comment about his history of derogatory remarks against women.
Since then, Trump has accused Kelly of being biased and unfair, but failed to provide specific evidence of such.
According to CNN, the presidential hopeful went after the Fox News host on Friday. Trump tweeted, "Everybody should boycott the [Megyn Kelly] show. Never worth watching. Always a hit on Trump!"
Trump also took another jab at Kelly's credibility, writing, "She is sick and the most overrated person on TV."
Although Megyn Kelly has kept relatively quiet throughout the controversy, Fox News officials have grown concerned about her safety as Trump continues to target her, Variety noted.
Trump and Kelly's most recent reunion was for the third Fox News debate on Mar. 3. Kelly served as Trump's most challenging adversary who threw difficult, well-researched questions against the presidential hopeful. Kelly garnered the praise of fellow journalists and debate viewers from all sides.