GOP front runner Donald Trump ended his nearly week-long boycott of Fox News with an appearance on The O’Reilly Factor Tuesday night. For the most part, the interview was a civil back and forth with O’Reilly actually making a joke of things from time to time asking Trump “is this fair?”
“So, you’re back!” O’Reilly declared to open the interview. “How does it feel?”
“Well it feels good,” Trump replied. “You’ve always been fair to me, Bill. I’ve never had a problem with you. You’ve always treated me with respect and fairly.”
“Well, that’s gonna change tonight,” O’Reilly joked.
Fox News and Trump have been going at it since the first GOP Republican debate when Trump’s perceived mistreatment set off a social media tirade directed at moderator Megyn Kelly, who’s earlier questions at the debate dealt with national issues such as a twitter entries and his reality show, The Apprentice.
O’Reilly: Not presidential to call Marco Rubio a clown. Trump says Marco “attacked me quite viciously and I fought back…I said it badly.”
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) September 30, 2015
O’Reilly says Trump has to be kinder & more mature to win. Trump challenges “mature,” says he’s a nice person and it’s about competence — HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) September 30, 2015
Trump’s most recent Twitter outburst against the cable news network was sparked when Fox News canceled Trump’s scheduled appearance on the O’Reilly Factor last week after Trump attacked the show for featuring “the same old Trump haters.”
During Tuesday’s interview, O’Reilly asked if Trump felt he would have to change his combative style if he is going to win the nomination. Trump answered by saying, “I’m leading every poll, and most polls I’m leading very big.”
O’Reilly then criticized Trump for his habit of calling his opponents names and said, “calling Sen. Rubio a clown is not presidential.”
Trump said Rubio is “unbelievably weak on immigration” and criticized him for being a member of the “Gang of Eight” — a bipartisan group of senators who tried to pass immigration reform — which he called “a disaster.”
Trump said he felt Rubio turned on him and he merely responded to the attack.
“That’s fine,” O’Reilly said. “It’s the clown stuff that’s not fine.”
“OK, I can understand that,” Trump said.
“I’m actually a nice person,” Trump said “I try very hard to be a nice person.”
As the interview drew to a close, O’Reilly asked Trump how he felt it had gone.
“Fair? Everything fair? Are we good?” he asked.
“You were very fair,” Trump said. “You’re always fair.”
Check out the full interview here:
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