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Donald Trump is continuing his war with Fox News host Megyn Kelly, in the wake of her piercing questions to him at Thursday night’s debate about his past comments about women. And now it looks as if he may be getting some high-profile support — from Fox News.

After Kelly asked Trump about calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals,” Trump infamously fired back last Friday night by saying of Kelly: “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her — wherever,” a remark that has been widely interpreted as a remark about her menstrual cycle.

The Donald has since vociferously denied the allegation — saying that he was trying to describe blood also coming out her nose and ears — and that anyone who thinks it was about menstruation is the real deviant.

Trump called in to MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday, and said that it’s Kelly who should be apologizing to him — and that the whole story has been obviously rebounding to his benefit, anyway.

“My whole life has been led on the theory that I do not want to embarrass people. The fact is that I think I don’t think I get treated well by Fox — and that’s all right, because look what happens. I don’t understand it myself — I mean, I have double-digit leads in every poll.”

He also added: “You know it’s like, a lot of good things are happening. So maybe I should just leave it the way it is.”

“The fact is,” he continued, “she asked me a very inappropriate question. She should really be apologizing to me, you want to know the truth.”

Trump also described Kelly’s inquiry as a “stupid question” and “gibberish.” And he was quite eager to point out (correctly, by the way) that the crowd absolutely loved his comeback (that his derogatory remarks had only been directed at Rosie O’Donnell), and also that his very presence on the stage was what generated record TV audience ratings for a primary season debate.

In his latest move, Trump tweeted a link Monday morning to a NewsMax article that highlighted a 2010 appearance by Kelly on the Howard Stern show, in which she humorously participated in the Stern show’s brand of tawdry conversations, bantering about her sex life with her husband.

The Donald said the episode was evidence that he is the “pure” one, compared to Kelly:

Later Trump tweeted that he got a personal response from the head of Fox News, who has apparently decided not to stand by his employee:

Photo: U.S. presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump prepares for the start of the first official Republican debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

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Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters

On July 10, CNN's Oliver Darcy reported that Blake Neff, the top writer for Tucker Carlson's prime-time Fox News show, had been anonymously posting racist, misogynistic, homophobic, and other offensive content on an online forum for five years. Neff used racist and homophobic slurs, referred to women in a derogatory manner, and pushed white supremacist content while writing for Carlson's show. Neff resigned after CNN contacted him for comment.

As Darcy reported, in an interview with the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Neff claimed anything Carlson read during his show was initially drafted by him. Darcy also found instances where there was "some overlap between the forum and the show," as sometimes the "material Neff encountered on the forum found its way on to Carlson's show."

During a 2018 appearance on Fox's The Five to promote his book Ship of Fools, Carlson mentioned Neff by name, calling him a "wonderful writer." Carlson also included Neff in the acknowledgments of the book.


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Before joining Fox News, Neff worked at The Daily Caller, a conservative news outlet that Carlson co-founded. The outlet has published a number of white supremacists, anti-Semites, and bigots.


Carlson has a long history of promoting white supremacist content on his show. His show has featured many guests who have connections to white supremacy and far-right extremism. Carlson has regularly been praised by Neo-Nazis and various far-right extremist figures, and he's been a hero on many white supremacist podcasts. Users of the extremist online message boards 4chan and 8chan have repeatedly praised Carlson.

The manifesto released by the gunman who killed 20 people in El Paso, Texas, in 2019 was strewn with content that echoed talking points from Carlson's show. Days after the shooting, Carlson declared that calling white supremacy a serious issue is a "hoax" as it is "actually not a real problem in America."

Carlson has been hemorrhaging advertisers following his racist coverage of the Black Lives Matters movement and the recent protests against police brutality. Now that we know his top writer was using content from white supremacist online message boards for Carlson's show, it is more imperative than ever that advertisers distance their brands away from this toxicity.