Megyn Kelly on Wednesday revisited her infamous feud with President Trump, discussing whether she’d change anything about how she handled the situation that led to months of attacks from the then-Republican presidential nominee.
“Not one word,” the former Fox News anchor told the Daily Caller in a new interview. “I 100 percent stand by the question and by my tweets the other day,” she added referring to tweets from earlier this month addressing the public spat.
Kelly and Trump were locked in a months-long beef after the journalist questioned Trump about calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals” as she moderated the GOP presidential debate in August 2015. Trump infamously quipped back, “only Rosie O’Donnell.”
That prompted repeated attacks from Trump against Kelly, including calling her “not very good or professional” and saying “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”
Now, five years later and after just launching her own company, Devil May Care Media, Kelly stands firmly behind her question.
“I mean, I think the media doesn’t understand that objective news analysis doesn’t always bash a Republican or a Democrat, right?” she told the Daily Caller. “Like, Trump deserved that question because what I was trying to ask him was, ‘This is what the Democrats are going to hit you with. How are you going to respond?’ And I was 100% right, they did hit him with that. Over and over and over and over.”
Kelly — who declared President-elect Joe Biden the winner of the first presidential debate and Trump the winner of the second — also discussed the challenge of balancing doing “objective news” with the public’s expectation.
“They feel betrayed,” she explained. “They thought I was on their side because I asked him that question and he attacked me for nine months. Well, I was never on their side. And I’m not on the Republicans’ side, either. I’m on the side of the truth, and if it happens to align with one side or another, great, good, I’m glad it works out for you.”
She added, “I am just a reporter trying to report the truth and call it like I see ’em.”
Kelly made headlines this week after she announced she pulled her kids out of their “woke” school after a letter allegedly circulated accusing white people of “reveling in state-sanctioned depravity” and comparing white children to “killer cops.”