GOP front-runner Donald Trump said Thursday that he doesn't think of his boycott of Fox News as a "war," but he does believe the network's "level of hatred and animosity" for him is "incredible."
"I don't think I've been treated fairly on Fox News," Trump told MSNBC's "Morning Joe"
program. "It's an amazing thing. I'm leading every one of the polls. Their poll just came out and I was told I'm leading that poll. I don't think I'm being treated fairly on Fox News and I let them know that and I'm not going to be doing it for a while."
Fox News said Wednesday that Trump decided to block their network after it canceled his scheduled Thursday night appearance on Bill O'Reilly's show
. On Thursday, Trump said that he considers O'Reilly "okay," but he does not like that Fox does not treat him fairly in reporting his poll standings.
"It's ridiculous," he told the program. "The Florida poll came out and the headline was 'Rubio Surges Past Bush.' I said I guess that's too bad I'm not in the race. That's an amazing thing. That's an amazing headline."
Story continues below video.
Trump also reignited his ongoing feud with nighttime show host Megyn Kelly, and was angry Wednesday night and on Thursday after National Review Editor Rich Lowry commented on her show that former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina "cut [Trump's] balls off with the precision of a surgeon" at the CNN Republican debate.
Kelly told him that he couldn't say such things on television, and Trump and Lowry
locked heads on Twitter for some time on Wednesday night after the program.
"Megyn Kelly, they had this loser Lowry on there and he lost control with what he said and I guess you got to take a guy like that off the air," Trump told MSNBC Thursday morning.
Show host Joe Scarborough suggested that many politicians ignore pundits, and Trump disagreed, lauding Twitter and Facebook for allowing an instant way to communicate.
"So when a dope like a Rich Lowry goes on or people like Megyn Kelly says things that are wrong, I'm able to tweet," said Trump. "If other people had that instead of having 15 followers, they would probably use that. I'm able to use it and I use it well. You're able to fight back. In the old days you didn't have that. What would you do, call a press conference to announce somebody lost control on television last night and made a total fool of himself? With Twitter, with one tweet, 140 characters, you can knock somebody out."
Further, Trump claimed that he doesn't think "anybody reads" National Review, which Scarborough commented is the "gold standard of conservative magazines."
Trump's attacks didn't end with Fox News, as he took aim at other candidates and more in the 15-minute long interview:
- On Florida Sen. Marco Rubio: "He has the worst voting record in the United States Senate. As a young guy; he sweats more than any young person I've seen in my life. I've never seen a guy down water like he downs water. They bring it in buckets for this guy.
- On a CBS Miami news report that his Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida requested visas to hire foreign workers: "It's a seasonal job. It's hard to get workers for seasonal jobs. Palm Beach is probably maybe the hottest real-estate in the world. During the season it's very, very hard to get help. We close and open on Oct. 1. From that, for about a five-month period, what they call the Palm Beach season, you can't get help. We tend to get help from different places including Europe. These are all legal Visas."
- On Hillary Clinton when asked why he called her "shrill": "I think Hillary is not going to be hard to beat.... I think the word shrill doesn't apply to women exclusively. I know men that are shrill and it's just an expression I thought of as I was speaking, I thought it was an accurate expression. She's gotten very loud and very boisterous and that can happen to the men too. Please, if you don't mind, that can happen to men. Excuse me. She's gotten very loud and obnoxious and frankly, I know many men that become loud and obnoxious also. There's something going on with her. I think she's going to make a terrible candidate. Yesterday she was a terrible secretary of state."
- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul: "I would call Rand Paul shrill. I think he's shrill. I don't think that's a term that applies exclusively to women at all."
- On the American Dream being dead: "I say the American dream is dead but I'm going to make it bigger and better and stronger than ever before and the press always cuts me off when they show the tape.... I never say the American dream is dead except when I add those other words but sometimes in television they cut off those words because it makes me look a little bit coarse."
- On really wanting to be president: "It's not a question of wanting to win or wanting the job. I know I can do a great job. There are things being done now that are incompetent. These are grossly incompetent people running our country."
- On cooperating with Congress: "I've been doing politics all my life. In Europe, I've made a fortune dealing with China. I've made a lot of money dealing all over the world. I deal in politics all over the world. If you look at, you know, politics and the United States, I know most of these guys. I know them from the other side."
- On being an outsider: "I used to be the fair-headed boy, but now I'm sort of an outsider. Four months ago I was the fair-haired boy. They would come over and do whatever I wanted them to do. They would ask for contributions all the time and I was a big contributor. In one day with the announcement, I've become an outsider, which is fun. I've been dealing in politics all my life and I'll get them to do the right thing."
© 2021 Newsmax. All rights reserved.