It's no secret that Donald Trump and Fox News have had a rough relationship of late. Trump has entered his third week of attacking host Megyn Kelly, a conflict that on Tuesday finally prompted a public rebuke by the usually shadowy Fox chairman, Roger Ailes, who called the candidate's behavior "disturbing."
But after Univision's acclaimed anchor and reporter Jorge Ramos was booted out of a Trump news conference Tuesday for challenging the GOP front-runner on his plans to deport all undocumented immigrants, some of Fox News' biggest personalities appeared to rally in support of Trump, rather than their fellow journalist.
Bill O'Reilly, as usual, was unsparing: On Wednesday night he labeled Ramos a "zealot" and called the idea of him acting as an objective journalist "a fraud."
"What’s the difference between Jorge Ramos on immigration and #BlackLivesMatter on race?" O'Reilly asked, adding that Ramos had “grandstanded the situation, hoping to generate publicity for himself.”
Greta Van Susteren, meanwhile, dismissed Ramos' right to question Trump at the news conference and accused him of careerism. "Ramos got what he wanted, his question answered and to make a scene in an effort to advance his career."
Jesse Watters, usually seen on O'Reilly's show roaming college campuses in an effort to sniff out liberal intolerance, put his own spin on the exchange.
"I think Ramos acted like an illegal immigrant and got treated like one," Watters said on the panel show "The Five." “He cut the line, was disruptive, and then was deported and then Trump let him back in. Isn’t that his policy?"
Finally, Megyn Kelly, who dealt with Trump's wrath firsthand after she asked him several pointed questions during the first GOP debate Aug. 6 in Cleveland, was perhaps the most evenhanded: She spent half the interview hearing out Ramos and the other half arguing in "defense" of Trump.
"In his defense, why would he want to engage with you when you're on the record as calling him the most hateful, divisive figure running for president right now?" Kelly asked Ramos in the second-half of the segment.
"Can you understand Trump's side that, 'This is not the outlet I want to take questions from'?" she asked, pointing out that a Univision employee had once compared Trump to Dylann Roof, who allegedly killed nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17.
The Univision anchor said that Trump should be expected to answer journalists' questions rather than kick them out of news conferences, and repeatedly reminded Kelly of her own experience with Trump.
Echoing Fox chief Ailes about Trump's treatment of Kelly, Univision CEO Randy Falco on Wednesday described Trump's actions toward Ramos as “beneath contempt.”