The day before the airing of Megyn Kelly’s face off with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, the Fox anchor made a publicity stop at ABC’s Good Morning America.
Trump has been on the war path against the popular TV host, calling her “crazy” after she pushed him on his treatment of women during a Fox News-hosted debate.
In an interview Monday with GMA‘s host George Stephanopoulos, Kelly said she thought that Trump still had work to do with women. “Republican women have warmed a little to Donald Trump, but his unfavorables are still unusually high,” Kelly said, noting Mitt Romney lost to President Obama by 11 points with women.
Kelly said that Trump told her in his interview that he made his controversial comments about women “as an entertainer.” But Kelly noted, “the truth is he’s said a lot of these comments in the past year.”
In recent months, Trump has criticized former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina’s face, thrown constant sexist barbs at Kelly, and retweeted an attack on Ted Cruz’s wife that mocked her appearance. The New York Times also published an article detailing Trump’s history of questionable conduct with women, including kissing women on the the lips he had just met. Trump has called the Times piece a “hit piece.”
“The question remains to be seen whether they will vote or it will impact their vote to have a candidate who speaks in the way that Trump does and has for most of his lifetime about women,” Kelly said.
Kelly said she also confronted Trump about bullying behavior. “I’ve been saying during the during this whole campaign, that I’m a counter puncher, you understand that. I’m responding,” he said.
The one-on-one interview with Kelly and Trump airs on Fox Broadcasting, Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.