Donald Trump’s war against Fox News and other conservative media outlets has just been kicked up to a whole new level — and it doesn’t look like it’ll get fixed any time soon.
Last night on The Kelly File, whose host Megyn Kelly has been a particular target of Trump’s insults since she grilled him at the first GOP debate, National Review editor Rich Lowry made a rather, well, incisive remark about Trump’s campaign feud with rival Carly Fiorina.
“I think part of what’s going on here is that last debate,” Lowry said. “Let’s be honest, Carly cut his balls off with the precision of a surgeon — and he knows it.”
This got Trump angry. The mogul tweeted out immediately that Lowry should be fined by the government and taken off the air. (Hmm, sounds like socialism to us.)
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2015
Note that the FCC’s jurisdiction doesn’t actually extend to cable channels when it comes to indecent programming — and even if it did, the phrase “cut his balls off” probably wouldn’t even warrant a punishment. But never mind: The Donald was on a roll.
Thursday morning, Trump appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and continued this new fight.
“I get treated very fairly by some of the media — and some of the media does not treat me fairly. Fox does not treat me fairly,” Trump said. “Megyn Kelly! I mean, you had this loser on last night, this guy Lowry. I never even heard of him. He was so out of control — he lost control of himself. It was actually sad, he lost control of himself last night with what he said. And I guess you gotta take a guy like that off the air.”
After Scarborough raised the issue of Trump, a candidate for the Republican nomination, now going to war with not only the biggest conservative TV outlet, but also with the most prominent conservative magazine in the country, The Donald opened up a new front — against National Review itself.
“I don’t think anybody reads it, Joe,” he said. “I think it has no power whatsoever, I’ll be honest, I think it has no power whatsoever. And he’s [Lowry] not a respected guy.”
“I read it,” Scarborough objected.
Trump immediately responded: “You’re the only one.”
This afternoon, National Review writer Charles C. W. Cooke posted a piece on the site titled simply, “Trump the Thin-Skinned Wimp,” with such belittling statements about Trump as: “How quickly was the great hard man reduced to sterile indignation”; “In an instant, the whining began”; “an embarrassing display of frailty”; and, “What matters is that Donald Trump feels hurt, and that he doesn’t like it one bit.”
Meanwhile, The Hill reports that Fox News chief Roger Ailes will be meeting with Trump next week in order to try — yet again — to patch things up.
“Mr. Trump believes he has been treated unfairly in certain instances,” a Fox News spokesperson told the paper in a statement. “FOX News has held every candidate in this race to the highest journalistic standards throughout our coverage. We believe a candid meeting about our differences is required and that any misunderstandings can be handled without compromising those standards.”
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd at the South Carolina African-American Chamber of Commerce in North Charleston, South Carolina, September 23, 2015. REUTERS/Randall Hill