Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump decided early Wednesday morning he would use a new insult for Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. He said in a tongue-in-cheek tweet that he’d now use “lightweight reporter” instead of “bimbo” because it’s more “politically correct.”
I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct. Instead I will only call her a lightweight reporter!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2016
Trump calling Kelly a “bimbo” traces back to an August retweet of a Trump supporter who used the insult. Kelly and Trump had immediately clashed at the first Republican presidential debate because of her question about the misogynistic language Trump uses to talk about women. Trump called her line of questioning “unfair.”
The real estate mogul’s fixation on the Fox News host flared up again Tuesday night when he said he would boycott Thursday’s Republican presidential debate in Iowa. Kelly is scheduled to moderate the debate.
“Unlike the very stupid, highly incompetent people running our country into the ground, Mr. Trump knows when to walk away,” Trump said in a statement. “Roger Ailes and Fox News think they can toy with him, but Mr. Trump doesn’t play games.”
Thursday’s debate is considered to be candidates’ last chance to make their case to undecided voters in Iowa before Monday’s caucuses.