Donald Trump used a sexual GQ photo shoot Fox News’ Megyn Kelly posed for in 2010 to slam her for hypocrisy on Thursday.
The Republican front-runner jabbed the Fox host just hours before the network’s 9 p.m. EST. Republican debate at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Trump made political shock waves on Wednesday by dropping out of the event to host a fundraiser for veterans at Sheslow Auditorium at Drake University at 9 p.m. EST. CNN, CBS and YouTube have all decided to broadcast the event here, here and here.
“And this is the bimbo that’s asking presidential questions? Criticizes Trump for objectifying women … Poses like this in GQ Magazine,” a tweet shared by Trump said Thursday. The image attached showed Kelly posing seductively in a tiny black dress.
The animus between Trump and Kelly stems from Fox’s Republican debate on Aug. 6, 2015, when the billionaire was asked about his temperament with women.
“You once told a contestant on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who is likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?”
“I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either,” Trump responded.
Trump retweeted a follower who called her a “bimbo” on Twitter after the debate before excoriating Fox for its line of questioning in the days that followed. A shaky truce was made between the billionaire and the network, which fell apart early this week.
“We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president,” Fox said in a press release Tuesday. “A nefarious source tells us that Trump has his own secret plan to replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings.”
Trump appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” Wednesday night and called the network’s actions “childish.” The host’s attempts to get Trump to “forgive” the offense failed.
“Will you just consider? Say, ‘Look, I might come back.’ Forgive. Go forward. Answer the questions. Look out for the folks. I just want you to consider it,” said O’Reilly.
“Even though you and I had an agreement that you wouldn’t ask me that, which we did, I will therefore forget that you asked me that,” replied Trump.
Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has invited all interested television networks to live-stream the fundraiser and predicted it would attract higher ratings than Fox’s debate.