Roger Ailes: Trump ‘Attack’ on Kelly ‘Unacceptable as it is Disturbing’

Ailes defends his host.

The “will he won’t he” wait is over.

Fox News chairman Roger Ailes responded to Donald Trump‘s tweets about Megyn Kelly in a statement calling Trump out for his “surprise and unprovoked attack” on the Fox News host.

Ailes went on to defend Kelly:

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.

Unsurprisingly, Trump responded in a statement published by Politico, half of which was Trump sharing his poll numbers. In the other half Trump stated that he hoped Kelly would be able to “elevate her standards to a level of professionalism that a network such as FOX deserves.” As professional, one presumes, as the tweets that started this back and forth.