Donald Trump is probably aware of the saying, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." But the presidential candidate and real-estate mogul may not have taken the warning at face value, as he did Megyn Kelly.
During the first Republican debate, the Fox reporter asked Trump whether his habit of making negative comments about women might hamper his run for the White House and ability to serve as President. Trump derided the question as "nasty" and backed out of last Thursday's debate after Fox refused to exclude Kelly from its panel of moderators.
Leading up to the debate, Trump retweeted a supporter's tweet that coupled two images of Megyn Kelly posing for GQ magazine with the caption, "and this is the bimbo that's asking presidential questions?"
He soon backed away from the action, explaining: “That’s a retweet. That’s different. That’s different.”
The Washington Post discusses the irony of the situation. Trump railed against Kelly for questioning his attitudes towards women, then endorsed a statement implying she isn't worthy of posing him questions after appearing in a short dress and high heels in the pages of a glossy magazine. The newspaper asks whether a person who judges women's competence based on their appearance is fit to hold the Oval Office.
As a sidenote, Kelly is a former lawyer and experienced journalist. She wasn't cowed by Trump's absence last Thursday. In fact, she reveled in her newfound ability to scare him, asking rival candidate Ted Cruz about “the elephant not in the room”.
Kelly's full question from the first debate is below:
"Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don't use a politician's filter. However, that is not without its downsides, in particular, when it comes to women. You've called women you don't like 'fat pigs,' 'dogs,' 'slobs' and 'disgusting animals.' ...
Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women's looks. You once told a contestant on 'Celebrity Apprentice' it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees.
Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who was likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?"
Read more in The Washington Post.