Billionaire Donald Trump reacted swiftly and critically to the moderators of Thursday’s presidential debate, particularly homing in on questions from Megyn Kelly about his past statements about women and saying such were “unfair.”
He also took to Twitter early Friday morning and passed along a tweet that referred to the Fox News star as a “bimbo,” according to the @realDonaldTrump account.
Kelly during the debate raised the point about Trump’s past characterization of some women as “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals,” she said.
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Trump joked off the line of questioning, saying “only Rosie O’Donnell,” but in the aftermath of the debate, he expressed dissatisfaction with the moderators – Kelly as well as Bret Baier and Chris Wallace. And so did Trump’s attorney, BuzzFeed reported.
“The questions to me were far tougher, and that I – supposedly, according to what everyone’s telling me, I won the debate, according to the call-ins and everything,” Trump told reporters after the debate. “But the questions to me were not nice, I didn’t think they were appropriate, and I think Megyn behaved very badly personally.”
Trump said it was an “unfair question” for Kelly to ask about his past statements on women, and then chided the other moderators for their performances.
“They weren’t even questions [they asked],” Trump said, BuzzFeed reported. “They were statements that they asked.”
Trump’s chief counsel, Michael Cohen, saw similarly and took particular umbrage with a focus group set up by pollster Frank Luntz, the members of whom expressed criticisms of the Donald’s performance.
In a tweet, he wrote, post-debate: “A total setup by @FrankLuntz and #FOXNEWSDEBATE to try to lower #Trump2016 high poll numbers. American people will not fall for your tricks.”
Trump has only likely ratcheted rhetoric in the hours after the debate. He took to Twitter to express his own unhappiness with Kelly’s line of questioning to him and tweeted – and retweeted other angry late-night Twitter users – more than 30 times in the early-morning hours.
In the morning, the feud shifted back to the “Fox & Friends” set, with Trump expressing his irritation with the debate.
“It was a little bit of a surprise to be standing up there having to justify everything,” Trump said.