The battle between presidential candidate Donald Trump and FOX News host Megyn Kelly has ratcheted up another notch after a lull in the hostilities during the March 3rd debate when the two exchanged civil greetings and complimenting each other on “looking well.”

Now, however, Trump is tweeting about Kelly with renewed venom, prompting censure from good friend and occasional FOX guest commentator, Geraldo Rivera, FOX colleague Bret Baier, and the FOX organization.

In response to Trump’s recent tweets calling the former lawyer and top cable news host Kelly “crazy” and “average,” Rivera tweeted, “I love you man but basta [Italian for “stop”]. This obsession w Kelly is weird & unhelpful. She’s doing her job, you do yours.”

After Trump tweeted out a call for a boycott of Kelly’s nightly news show, “The Kelly File,” saying, “Never worth watching. Always a hit on Trump! She is sick, & the most overrated person on tv,” Baier stepped up in her defense, “Enough. @megynkelly is not crazy-she's not sick. We'll continue to cover this race fairly.”

Viewers got their first glimpse of the animosity between the two in the first debate when Kelly hit Trump hard with a question about derogatory comments he’d made about women, “You’ve called women you don’t like “fat pigs,” “dogs,” “slobs,” and “disgusting animals.”

The next day, Trump suggested by innuendo that Kelly’s attack might have been attributable to her menstrual cycle, but Kelly said in a recent interview with “Vanity Fair” magazine that Trump had tried to court her favor prior to his candidacy, hinting that he is acting like a rejected suitor.

Trump responded by claiming to be responsible for Kelly’s high ratings.

“I might be the best thing that ever happened to her. Whoever even heard of her before the last debate?”

FOX News issued a statement supporting Kelly, saying Trump has “an extreme, sick obsession beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate who wants to occupy the highest office in the land" and noting that Kelly's show has been the second-highest rated on the network since it debuted in 2013 long before Trump announced his candidacy.

 

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