WASHINGTON (AP) — Fox News is slamming GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump for his repeated Twitter tirades against anchor Megyn Kelly.
"Donald Trump's vitriolic attacks against Megyn Kelly and his extreme, sick obsession with her is beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate who wants to occupy the highest office in the land," the network said in a statement Friday evening.
The statement from spokeswoman Irena Briganti went on to praise Kelly as "an exemplary journalist and one of the leading anchors in America" and said the network will "continue to fully support her throughout every day of Trump's endless barrage of crude and sexist verbal assaults.'"
"As the mother of three young children, with a successful law career and the second highest rated show in cable news, it's especially deplorable for her to be repeatedly abused just for doing her job," it added.
Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks responded Friday evening: "Megyn Kelly is a highly overrated reporter and anchor that constantly disparages Mr. Trump with negative and inaccurate reports. Despite the fact he wants nothing to do with her and will not appear on her show due to her extremely biased reporting, much of the program is about him anyway on a nightly basis."
Trump has been deeply critical of Kelly since an early GOP debate in which Kelly pressed Trump on his past misogynist statements against women. But he began to re-engage Tuesday night, calling her "crazy" and "the most overrated person" on television.
"Everybody should boycott the @megynkelly show. Never worth watching. Always a hit on Trump! She is sick, & the most overrated person on tv," he wrote earlier Friday.