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Donald Trump insults Megyn Kelly: Is belligerence the core of his appeal?.

Infuriated Fox News boss Roger Ailes ripped GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump Tuesday, calling his renewed attacks on anchor Megyn Kelly “unacceptable” and “disturbing” and demanding the billionaire blowhard apologize. In a nondescript office building adjacent to a sports bar in the Washington suburbs, one Republican operative spent Monday night trying to figure out what the heck is going on out there.Fox News chief Roger Ailes said Tuesday that Donald Trump owes the network’s Megyn Kelly an apology for an unprovoked Twitter attack that “is as unacceptable as it is disturbing,” but Trump isn’t backing down.Trump continued his criticism of Fox News host and August debate moderator Megyn Kelly on Monday night, even after appearing on the network’s The O’Reilly Factor, prompting Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes to come to Kelly’s defense on Tuesday morning.

I hope Donald Trump enjoyed his Friday night under the lights in Mobile, because given the mistake he made with Roger Ailes and Megyn Kelly last night, it could be all downhill from here for his candidacy. Ailes fired off a screed against Trump — who has been ranting about Kelly ever since she questioned him at the first big Republican debate this month — and insisted he back off. Frank Luntz, a longtime GOP zeitgeist guru, assembled 29 Donald Trump supporters in a white-walled room — and a gaggle of reporters behind one-way glass. The Republican presidential front-runner-turned-TV-critic had welcomed Kelly back from a vacation Monday night by tweeting that he liked her show better while she was away. Megyn Kelly represents the very best of American journalism and all of us at FOX News Channel reject the crude and irresponsible attempts to suggest otherwise.

Two hours later, he declared his answer: “He is much stronger, his support is much more solid than I ever would have expected.” At times, Luntz appeared rattled by what he was hearing. Trump used his Twitter account late Monday to slam Kelly as she returned from vacation to host her show, a revival of his brutal criticism of her after she asked pointed questions of the bombastic billionaire during an August 6 debate featuring Republican presidential hopefuls. Trump’s verbal assaults.” He accused Trump of bullying and said that “Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should.” Trump tweeted negatively about Megyn Kelly’s performance during her first show back from vacation — “I liked The Kelly File much better without @megynkelly. A day after the debate, he said Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.” In his tweets, Trump repeated his contention that Kelly, host of a prime-time Fox News show and one of the network’s biggest stars, was sent on an unplanned vacation that ended Monday. Perhaps she could take another eleven day unscheduled vacation!” — and also retweeted a few not-so-kind tweets, including one calling her a “bimbo” (have we resolved the question of whether retweets are endorsements yet, by the by?

The “unscheduled vacation” reference is to Kelly having been off the air until last night on what Fox said was a previously scheduled 10-day vacation. Trump at the debate was tough but fair, and I fully support her as she continues to ask the probing and challenging questions that all presidential candidates may find difficult to answer. The exchange was noteworthy because it comes after Trump and Ailes sought to make peace after the contentious debate, which aired on Fox and was watched by a record number of viewers.

Bret Baier, who moderated the debate with Kelly and Chris Wallace, tweeted that “this needs to stop.” Brian Kilmeade said on “Fox & Friends” that Trump’s comments bothered him personally. “We are all friends with Donald Trump, but he is totally out of bounds reigniting that fight,” Kilmeade said. “I don’t know if he’s trying to get ratings out of that or poll numbers, but he’s not going to be successful.” At his news conference, Trump got into another confrontation with a different anchor, Univision’s Jorge Ramos. I’ve written on this strange double standard before, but if you want to call out Donald Trump for being a sexist troglodyte, or even a huge sexist troglodyte, you should check your own cave for sexism first. In Monday’s Twitter tirade, Trump said that Kelly should “take another 11-day unscheduled vacation.” Trump sounded off on both Ailes and Kelly in a recent Hollywood Reporter cover story, in which he admitted that he believes in apologizing — but doesn’t remember the last time he did it. “Well, he’s a man that I like a lot, he’s been a friend of mine for many years, and he has done an incredible job,” Trump said of Ailes. “We were at war because I felt that [Kelly’s debate question about women] was unfair, and I let him know it. Republican rival Senator Lindsey Graham lashed out Tuesday at Trump, telling CNN that the real estate mogul’s views on women and immigrants did not reflect today’s GOP. Look at the faces of the women sitting there as this goes on. “Boobs on the ground.” Even the shows have names like “Outnumbered.” “Surrounded by women” is only “outnumbered” in the mind of someone who views women as A) not simply people like you but something else and b) somehow hostile (Yes, I know it’s tongue-in-cheek!

No clue on immigration!” If I know anything about the unpredictable media world in which we now live, it is this: Trump crossed a line with a very tough and powerful media executive. Meanwhile, a new Public Policy Polling survey in the key primary state of New Hampshire showed Trump, at 35 percent, clearly ahead of his GOP competitors. Ho ho ho, to repeat three times a word that has gotten tossed around on Fox a time or two.) At this point someone could pipe up and say, “Well, look, every time you criticize Megyn Kelly it isn’t necessarily sexist. Fox political analyst Brit Hume also got on board, tweeting, “Is this guy a seven-year-old?” with a link to a news story about Trump’s Twitter tantrums.

The Arizona senator previously tangled with Trump over immigration, saying the former reality-show star had “fired up the crazies” of the GOP’s far-right wing with the jingoism of a rally he held in Phoenix last month. Trump then dissed McCain, who spent more than five years in captivity in North Vietnam while serving in the Navy, saying he was “a war hero because he was captured. Above all, they were racked by a sense that the country is going to hell. “It’s been years and years of feeling like you’re been lied to,” said one especially pessimistic middle-aged woman. “Nothing getting better; everything, across the board, getting worse.” This dark assessment of the state of affairs is familiar. If there was a new strain in this group, in the intervening five years, these disaffected conservatives had become more focused on the belief that the U.S. had fallen in the world-power pecking order.

Hopefully in the future I will be proven wrong and she will be able to elevate her standards to a level of professionalism that a network such as FOX deserves.” I would urge Trump to go back to the fall of 2010 and study the fierce and tribal warfare Fox News waged on NPR after the public broadcaster fired Juan Williams for a statement he made about being uncomfortable on a plane when he sees someone in Muslim garb. Fox pounded NPR mercilessly for the callous way it treated Williams, and after an investigation was done of the firing, two senior managers wound up leaving NPR.

For the next hour, the Trump supporters looked at almost every potential negative about the billionaire celebrity real estate tycoon candidate and viewed it as a positive. Whereas conventional wisdom would say Trump looks like an out-of-touch rich guy, they saw something else. “He’s successful in this country just like we want to be,” one woman said.

Trump isn’t a boastful egomaniac; “he’s proud of his success.” (Failed 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney made the mistake of not being proud, they said.) Trump isn’t a clown; he’s just an entertainer. And eventually he will be gone, nothing but a vague and unpleasant memory that strikes us with an inexplicable horror when we hear the word “huge.” If Ailes is serious that what Trump said about Megyn Kelly is an “attack” that is not acceptable, he has some house-cleaning to do, some tone to set and a few other apologies to seek. Still, some of these same people said they’d support Trump. “Nothing disqualifies Trump,” Luntz said, who looked back on the 1992 presidential race and the rise of independent candidate Ross Perot. “This is stronger than Perot.

Trump promises to wipe away intractable problems with the application of nothing but willpower – an attitude that Professor Nyhan has dubbed the “Green Lantern theory of the presidency.” Trump says he’ll increase the number of US jobs by getting them back from China and Mexico, for instance, via tougher personal negotiation.

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