Real estate mogul Donald Trump came out swinging during Thursday’s primetime Republican primary debate — but not against the other presidential contenders.
Instead, Trump swiped at Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly when she posed a question about the billionaire’s record of making unsavory comments about women.
“Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don’t use a politician’s filter,” Kelly said. “However, that is not without its downsides, in particular when it comes to women. You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals. Your Twitter account –“
“Only Rosie O’Donnell,” Trump interrupted to raucous laughter and applause from the audience, referencing his long-running feud with the actress.
“No, it wasn’t,” Kelly pressed. “Your Twitter account — for the record, it was well beyond Rosie O’Donnell.”
Kelly cited another example of Trump telling a contestant on his reality TV show, “The Apprentice,” that it “would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees.” She then asked the real estate mogul how he would respond to an attack on his comments about women coming from Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
In response, Trump said he didn’t have time for “political correctness” and accused Kelly of treating him more harshly than the other candidates.
“Frankly what I say and oftentimes it’s fun, it’s kidding, we have a good time. What I say is what I say,” he added. “Honestly, Megyn, if you don’t like it, I’m sorry. I’ve been very nice to you, although I could probably not be based on the way you have treated me. But I wouldn’t do that.”