Megyn Kelly found herself the target of some outrageous Donald Trump barbs following the first GOP debate.
At the debate, it was clear from the start that Kelly was going to point to Trump’s weaknesses as a candidate – and it was also clear that Trump wasn’t too thrilled with the Fox News host.
But according to Kelly, she wasn’t trying to make an example of Trump when she asked him about his previous sexist comments – she was just doing her job.
Here’s what Kelly had to say, speaking at the Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit on Tuesday:
“The reason I asked that was not a comment on Megyn Kelly. It was a comment on his electability, and what he’s likely to hear from Hillary Clinton should he be the nominee, and you’re already hearing that from Hillary Clinton. That’s what I get paid to do: anticipate the candidate’s weaknesses and poke ‘em. That’s our job, and it does require a certain amount of fearlessness … But it’s not like I was looking to make an example out of Donald Trump.”
Kelly said she never wanted to “get engaged in a war with a presidential candidate.”
“It’s clear we may have overestimated his anger-management skills,” Kelly said. “It is not as though I didn’t anticipate that he might not like that question because he had already made clear that he didn’t like to be tested in certain ways.”
Trump was visibly angry at Kelly during the debate, but he continued the offensive against the host later on the talk circuit and on Twitter.
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes,” Trump told CNN’s Don Lemon after the debate. “Blood coming out of her wherever.”
Naturally, this comment raised a lot of eyebrows.
Trump tweeted that he meant her nose when referring to blood coming out of her “whatever”.
Re Megyn Kelly quote: "you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever" (NOSE). Just got on w/thought
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 8, 2015