Venerable CNN newswoman Christiane Amanpour lashed out at Donald Trump on Wednesday and came to the defense of fellow newscaster Megyn Kelly, the object of Trump’s recent wrath. Trump on Tuesday night announced that he plans to skip the Republican primary debate being held by Fox News on Thursday night because Kelly is set to be a moderator, and Trump feels she treats him unfairly. The bigmouth billionaire lobbied Fox News to replace Kelly, but network brass has stuck by her and mocked Trump in the process causing him to bail on the event — the final debate before Monday’s Iowa caucuses. Trump then escalated his attack on Kelly. “I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct,” the Republican frontrunner posted in a message on Twitter Wednesday. “Instead I will only call her a lightweight reporter!”
I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct. Instead I will only call her a lightweight reporter!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2016
This is where Amanpour stepped in. “Megyn Kelly is neither a bimbo nor a lightweight. She’s actually got a law degree, and is generally accepted to be Fox News’ brightest and most balanced star,” Amanpour reminded Trump in the segment, before revisiting some of his most tasteless remarks from the course of the 2016 race. Amanpour said Trump is stuck in a “deeply misogynistic” hole and he refuses to stop digging. “Sexism in any form is unacceptable, especially among those who would seek the highest office of any land.” Meanwhile, Trump supporters have been, unsurprisingly, hurling sexist insults at Kelly on Twitter ever since he announced he’s bailing on the debate.
“He doesn’t care about that P.C. culture,” Kelly told the magazine. “It’s a breath of fresh air.” The Fox anchor dismissed Trump’s insults, chalking them up to the nature of politics in the 2016 race. “Working the refs is part of the job,” she said. When asked whether she harbored any bias against Trump, as he has accused, she responded, “Absolutely not.” And there’s a bright side in this melee for Kelly: becoming the news story on Tuesday boosted ratings for her nightly show by 25 percent, according to TVNewser. Trump chimed in late Wednesday on Twitter to say that it was the mocking PR statement Fox News released more so than Kelly that made him skip the debate.