Megyn Kelly, a favorite target of GOP front runner Donald Trump, taunted one of the mogul's ex-advisers on Monday night over his boss's strategy for handling tough questions from the press. Kelly grilled Roger Stone for comment on Trump's recent decision to openly mock the disability of New York Times reporter at a rally in South Carolina.
Stone, responding to video of Trump flailing his arms and stuttering while referring to reporter Serge Kovaleski, changed the subject to President Obama's botched joke about the Special Olympics in 2009.
“That’s a dodge," Kelly said, exasperated. "Why don’t you stay in the ring? Stop getting out of the ring. Was he mocking that reporter or wasn't he?"
"I don't think he was," Stone said.
Kelly fired off a list of similar antics from Trump, none of which Stone took up. Instead he returned to the "larger issue" of Trump's debunked claim that American Muslims cheered 9/11, which had led him to mock the reporter in the first place.
"That's a dodge!" Kelly repeated. "What this story's about is whether the front runner on the GOP side is an honest person. That's what we're discussing."
"This is what happens," she continued. "This is what Trump's lawyer was doing on a different channel earlier tonight. They just go to a different place. It doesn't matter whether he tells the truth -- he's got it right in spirit."
Sharpening her point about Trump's handle on the truth, Kelly made vague reference to the time the candidate attacked her performance as debate moderator. Trump told CNN, "you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever." He later denied the remark was a sexist jab at women's menstruation, calling anyone who would make such a connection a "deviant."
NBC's Chuck Todd on Sunday took a similar stand against Trump when he had him on "Meet The Press."
“You’re running for president of the United States!” Todd to the candidate, over the phone. “Your words matter! Truthfulness matters! Fact-based stuff matters!"
"Take it easy, Chuck," Trump said, unfazed. "Play cool [sic]."