Currently experiencing absolutely zero risk of underexposure ahead of the 2016 presidential election, the Republican half of which currently resembles a circus of dimwits, Donald Trump just keeps piling on the idiocy. Though Tuesday's other two Trump revelations could generously be considered as fringe elements relatively beyond his control, it's the repetition of Trump's anti-diversity rhetoric that spawns or at least enables such fringe politics in the first place.
Speaking of fringe, Fox News is officially back in the saddle for the sequel to Donald Trump vs. Megyn Kelly, a sexism-laden feud that Trump predictably reignited upon Kelly's return to The Kelly File following a brief vacation. In typical Trump fashion, his fondness for retweeting those Trump-like enough to throw around words like "bimbo" seems to be firmly intact:
Sensing a publicity dollar to be made, Fox News' resident sith lord Roger Ailes quickly released a statement to the Washington Post in support of Kelly. Ailes demands Trump issue a public apology to Kelly, before kind of hilariously referring to Fox News as "fair and balanced":
"Donald Trump's surprise and unprovoked attack on Megyn Kelly during her show last night is as unacceptable as it is disturbing. 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. I could not be more proud of Megyn for her professionalism and class in the face of all of Mr. Trump’s verbal assaults. Her questioning of Mr. 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. Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should. We have never been deterred by politicians or anyone else attacking us for doing our job, much less allowed ourselves to be bullied by anyone and we’re certainly not going to start now. All of our journalists will continue to report in the fair and balanced way that has made FOX News Channel the number one news network in the industry."
Never one for grace, Trump quickly responded with a statement of his own:
“I totally disagree with the FOX statement. I do not think Megyn Kelly is a quality journalist. I think her questioning of me, despite all of the polls saying I won the debate, was very unfair. 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.”
Even Sean Hannity, the Fox News version of every dad in America's former college drinking buddy who's been tucking his polo shirt into his khakis for twenty years and counting, briefly joined the feud by defending Kelly while also voicing his support for Trump's generally vague campaign platform:
Sadly, all this really proves is that Trump is like a fatter, dumber T-1000 Terminator. You can lodge, fire, toss, or otherwise levy any political weapon against him, and though immediate damage might convince you of an assured defeat, he keeps limping toward you while science-defyingly healing his own political injuries.
Save us, Bernie. Save us, Hillary. Save us, Deez Nuts.