Presidential campaigns are known to get dirty. Ordinarily, it is over policy or how the candidate voted or even a sorted personal detail. Last night, Republican candidate Donald Trump decided that once again he would verbally assault a broadcaster. One time again, Trump’s favorite target of the last few weeks was Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly. Trump has repeatedly taken issue with Kelly since the first Republican debate on August 6th, when Kelly asked Trump about what appeared to misogynist in nature. Trump felt the question was out of bounds, tried to make light of it and afterwards, attacked Kelly on social media sites as being unprofessional, clueless and he called her a “bimbo.” After days of continued barbs from Trump, Kelly announced she was going on a well needed vacation.
Last night, Kelly reported back to Fox and again, Trump found time out of campaigning to make personal tweets directed by Kelly. The comments made last night hardly seem to be coming from someone who wants to be President of the United States. The comments were juvenile at best. The first tweet came at 9:42 P.M. and was a shot that Kelly looked like she had a horrible vacation. The tweets kept coming. Trump continued that the Fox news show would be better without Kelly. He continued by retweeting that Kelly was a “bimbo” and that Kelly came back from vacation looking like Nancy Grace, another broadcast journalist. Trumps comments were unexpected as Fox News president Roger Ailes thought that he had brokered a peaceful resolution after the initial blowup after the August 6th Republican debate.
Ailes responded to last night’s twitter rant in a statement today that said in part that, “Donald Trump’s surprise and unprovoked attack on Megyn Kelly during her show last night is as unacceptable as it is disturbing,” and that “Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should.” Richard Toole, of Upper Darby commented today at McDonald’s of Drexel Hill, that he likes Trump but “why he gets in fights like this is really strange. It is like he is a kid and he is the bully in the neighborhood.” He continued that “If Trump gets this way over a reporter what he will do if it is a diplomat from another country.” All troubling signs of the leading Republican. The question begs Is Donald Trump so thin skinned that even after working out what was perceived as a sort of peace treaty that he would still go the attack of a personal nature. Is that the kind of behavior the American public wants from their President?