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Rogers Ailes goes to bat for Megyn Kelly after Donald Trump breaks their truce.

Rogers Ailes goes to bat for Megyn Kelly after Donald Trump breaks their truce.

AFTER A barrage of tweets last night from Donald Trump, the truce with Roger Ailes and Fox News Channel over Megyn Kelly is over.

Kelly is back from holiday and it didn’t take long before Donald Trump weighed in. During Monday’s show

Roger Ailes unloaded today, reporting via Dylan Byers of Politico

“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,” Ailes statement reads. “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,” Ailes said. “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.” [Politico]

Donald Trump responds

“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. ” Trump said.

“More importantly, I am very pleased to see the latest polls from Public Policy Polling showing me at a strong number one with 35% in New Hampshire, the Monmouth University poll showing me, again at number one, with 30% in South Carolina and the latest national poll from Gravis where I am again the clear front runner with 40%. It was also just announced that I won the prestigious corn kernel poll at the Iowa State Fair by a landslide,” he added. “I will be in Iowa tonight with my speech being live on CNN and other networks. My sole focus in running for the Presidency is to Make America Great Again!”

Megyn Kelly began the debate with questions that were about Donald Trump not the American people or policy. That doesn’t mean her questions weren’t relevant or fair, though the tactic could be considered “gotcha.”

Tim Russert made a living out of the same tactics Megyn Kelly used in the first GOP debate, which made him a news icon. The only difference between Russert and Kelly is that she’s a woman.