A feud has persisted between Megyn Kelly and Donald Trump since the GOP debate on Thursday, when Kelly called him out for calling certain women "fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals" in the past. The dispute escalated Friday night, when Trump told CNN's Don Lemon: "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever." Kelly's remained silent about Trump's attacks, but in an interview on Fox News' "Mediabuzz" that aired Sunday, Kelly defended her debate question to Trump, saying she was only doing her job by asking tough questions.
In the interview, Kelly said that she approached all the candidates from multiple angles and wasn't giving Trump special treatment. "If you can't get past me, how are you going to handle Vladimir Putin?" she asked of Trump. "He felt attacked — it wasn't an attack, it was a fair question. But I get it. He's in the arena and so am I." Since the interview was taped before Trump's "blood" comment on CNN aired, Kelly didn't respond to that specific sexist remark, and has yet to comment on it. Trump hasn't apologized for the statement, but tried to backtrack on Twitter Saturday, claiming that it wasn't about menstruation and that he meant blood was coming out of her nose. He even said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Monday that Kelly should apologize to him for her pointed debate question.
In response to Trump's supporters also attacking her for her debate question, Kelly said, "My job is not to feel passionate about these candidates. My job is to ask probing questions that are hopefully smart and help the people hopefully learn something about this person, and in this context, his weaknesses." On top of defending her debate question directed at Trump, she also stood by her decision to ask Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker if he would allow a woman to die rather than allowing her to have an abortion. "The job is to get past the talking points and go to the place where they might be most vulnerable with the Republican primary voters, or conversely, the place where they might be most vulnerable in a general election, and then give them a chance to knock that ball back to us," Kelly said.
Kelly even cut Trump some slack for his absurd answer to her question that Rosie O'Donnell is the only woman he's insulted, saying: "I'm sure the nerves were high, as they were for all the candidates." She's already proven that she can successfully moderate a presidential debate, push candidates buttons, and take whatever Trump throws her way. As for Trump's continued attacks on her, she said: "It's OK, I'm a big girl, I can take it."