Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump met recently with Fox News Megyn Kelly with the eye to a possible interview, according to CBS news. Trump and Kelly have had an acrimonious relationship dating back to the Republican debate in August.
Kelly said on her show that the two had “cleared the air” and that she requested the meeting which lasted approximately an hour. For his part, Trump later said in a town hall with Fox News host Sean Hannity that Kelly was “very, very nice.” He further said, “I think it was just maybe it was time…..I give her a lot of credit for doing what she did.”
Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has reportedly visited with Trump a few times over the past three months about appearing on a Fox Broadcasting special with Kelly to air on May 23. Ailes, a legend in the political world, was the driving force behind Richard Nixon’s comeback after he reportedly told the news media, “You won’t have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore.” That famous line was uttered after Nixon lost the 1960 presidential election to John F. Kennedy and then was defeated for governor of California.
But the political genius Ailes was able to resurrect Nixon’s career and win a trip to the White House. The phrase “Silent Majority” was born during the Nixon campaign in which he defeated Hubert Humphrey for the presidency. Ailes directed the campaigns of several other presidents of the United States before Rupert Murdoch handed him the challenge of handling Fox News. Ailes has led Fox News to the top of the cable news ratings for several years now.
Kelly has made some positive remarks recently about the New York real estate tycoon, saying that he is a fascinating person to cover and has “electrified the Republican base.”
Trump is currently fighting it out with Ted Cruz for the Republican Party nomination in New York. Trump said he gave Kelly a lot of credit for reaching out the way that she did to him.
Kelly’s hostile attack on Trump during the first debate alienated much of Fox’s right wing audience which deluged the network with complaints about her subjective behavior. Trump hammered her repeatedly for being nonprofessional and even refused to participate in a subsequent debate in Iowa because she was one of the moderators. Kelly has maintained a negative attitude in her reporting of Trump throughout the campaign.
Hopefully, no one had a heart attack from the shock of hearing the two adversaries were actually convening for a “peace conference.” Trump may be taking the biggest risk if he agrees to be interviewed by her. History indicates Kelly doesn’t like Trump. Whether or not she is capable of putting her animosity aside for one show with Trump in her sights is doubtful. Trump could be damaged badly if she attacks him again this late in the campaign. She has clearly shown a friendlier side to Cruz when she’s interviewed the Texas senator.
Kelly doesn’t appear to be at risk of losing anything. In fact, persuading Trump to appear on her program could be a coup for her and help Fox regain some of the conservative audience it lost when she assaulted the New York businessman in the past. She is in the last year of a contract with Fox and could leave the network soon. After her attacks on Trump during the first debate, rumors swirled she was heading for CNN. While she didn’t depart at the time, she may soon leave for another network which would reflect her less conservative views. Trump isn’t the only Republican she has savaged. She hammered Republican leader Karl Rove during the night of President Barack Obama’s victory against Mitt Romney in the 2012 election because he pointed out Romney still had a chance to win the election.
She might find more compatible surroundings for her views on MSNBC or CNN. Of course she would also have a much smaller audience with another network.