Megyn Kelly appeared on Newsmax after her big interview with Donald Trump, giving host Eric Bolling a firsthand account of her first sit-down with the former president since 2016.
According to Kelly, Trump is “still ticked off” about the question she hit him with during the Republican primary debate about calling women he didn’t like “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.”
“I like Trump,” Kelly said. “You know, our relationship is complicated a little, I think on both ends, because of everything that happened around that question, that debate.”
“Anyway, it’s a little complicated, but I think we both respect each other,” she added. “It’s kind of like two silverback gorillas, right? He knows, even though I like him, I have to ask him tough questions because that’s my job, and I know that even though he’s inclined to like me, he’s still ticked off about that debate question.”
In Kelly’s mind, their relationship makes for good television.
“So there’s a little friction behind our relationship, and I think it works on television, frankly,” she told Bolling. “It’s a dynamic that works, and so at times it got a little contentious, but overall, I think we have a begrudging respect for one another. And as you know, as a journalist, I’ll take it. I’d much rather people respect me than love me, I’m not a politician, so that’s the game I’m in, and he did fine.”
“He knew I wasn’t gonna softball it,” Kelly explained. “He knew that I was going to go to places like the criminal indictments which, frankly he shouldn’t be talking about at all but he’s chosen to, and not only did he give the interview he sat for longer. It was supposed to be forty-five minutes, he gave me an hour and 20 [minutes], so you don’t have to do that. He’s not like ‘President Basement,’ who’s constantly hiding from the media — not that they would ask tough questions.”
The debate question was discussed during the Trump interview — he called it a “bad question” that he managed to escape only because he countered, “Only Rosie O’Donnell.”
Kelly pushed back to say it was a “great question,” before noting, “Your poll numbers went up! Let’s move past it.”
Donald Trump and @MegynKelly rehash THAT debate moment from 2015:
“That was a bad question…”
“That was a great question…”
“You handled it well, your poll numbers went up…”
“…I came up with a good answer.”
— The Megyn Kelly Show (@MegynKellyShow) September 14, 2023
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