Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump slammed FOX News host Megyn Kelly as a "lightweight" for her conduct at Thursday's primetime Republican debate. Trump told CNN's Don Lemon he has no respect for her as a journalist, calling her "overrated."
"I just don't respect her as a journalist," Trump told CNN. "I don't think she is very good. I think she is highly overrated. When I came out there, I am not getting paid for this. I go out there and, you know they start saying, lift up your arm if you are going to -- and you know I didn't know there would be 24 million people. I figured. I knew it would be a big crowd. I get big crowds. I get ratings. They call me the ratings machine."
"She gets out. Starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions you. You can see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever, but she was, in my opinion, she was -- off base," Trump observed.
"And by the way, not in my opinion, in the opinion of hundreds of thousands of people on Twitter. It has been a brutal day. In was not a great day for FOX... in the Twittersphere, very bad. She has been very badly criticized. She is a lightweight. I couldn't care less about her. You are competing against her. I am doing your show," Trump also said.