WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — It appears Donald Trump is reigniting his feud with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly.
The Republican presidential candidate took aim at Kelly on Monday after she returned to “The Kelly File” following a vacation.
“@megynkelly must have had a terrible vacation, she is really off her game. Was afraid to confront Dr. Cornel West. No clue on immigration!” Trump tweeted.
Trump also posted, “I liked The Kelly File much better without @megynkelly. Perhaps she could take another eleven day unscheduled vacation!”
The billionaire also fired off several anti-Kelly retweets, including one which referenced her as a “bimbo.”
The feud between Trump and Kelly began during the Republican presidential debate when she asked him about negative statements he’s made in the past about women. Kelly had questioned Trump’s history of insults directed at women and whether that kind of language would perpetuate the idea of a Republican “war on women.”
Trump was angered by the line of questioning and later told CNN that Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
Kelly went on a 10-day vacation shortly after the debate and Trump’s controversial statements. Fox News said in a statement to Mediaite that Kelly’s vacation was already planned and had nothing to do with Trump.
“The conspiracy theories about Megyn Kelly’s vacation rank up there with UFO’s, the moon landing and Elvis being alive. Megyn is on a pre-planned, annual summer vacation with her family, which is much deserved. To imply otherwise as Donald Trump and his campaign operatives have is not only wildly irresponsible, but downright bizarre. Perhaps Mr. Trump thinks it’s advantageous to his poll numbers to keep talking about Megyn, but that doesn’t change the fact that Roger Ailes has fully supported her and her tough journalistic questioning since day one and is thrilled with the added exposure from the debate which resulted in even higher ratings of The Kelly File this week. Anyone who knows Roger is aware of how historically and consistently loyal he is to all of his talent and how he protects them at all costs. As Governor Terry Branstad said today, ‘when you’re a candidate, you’ve got to basically answer the questions. You can’t just attack the person asking the questions. That doesn’t work,’” Fox News said in a statement.
Fox News chairman Roger Ailes cleared the air with Trump, saying in a statement to The Associated Press that the conversation was “blunt but cordial.”
“Donald Trump and I spoke today. We discussed our concerns, and I again expressed my confidence in Megyn Kelly,” Ailes said, describing Kelly as “a brilliant journalist” whom he supports “100 percent.”
Ailes added that he assured Trump “that we will continue to cover this campaign with fairness & balance.”