Pundits argued about whether Donald Trump or Fox News had the upper hand in the aftermath of the first GOP debate in which anchor Megyn Kelly famously asked the unapologetic billionaire about his history of making derogatory comments about women.
But longtime Trump friend and former adviser Roger Stone told TPM as part of a wide-ranging interview set to be published Wednesday that both the conservative news channel and the GOP frontrunner emerged from the “food fight” on stronger footing.
“Trump and Fox both won when 24 million people tuned into the debate,” Stone told TPM in a phone interview Tuesday.
The longtime Republican operative, who’s written for FoxNews.com in the past, pointed out that while Trump’s debate stage antics handed Fox News a rating slam dunk, the real estate mogul got his message out in front a massive audience of Republican primary voters.
“I mean Fox News has a supreme position as the gold standard in terms of communications with the very voters that Trump cares about,” he said. “In other words, the audience for Fox is not the same as the audience for CNN. The Fox audience is the most important audience. I think they’re reaching 8 out of 10 Republican primary voters.”
Look for the rest of TPM’s interview with Stone on Wednesday.