Donald Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, on Tuesday compared Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly to DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz, calling Kelly a "biased" moderator who leveled "unacceptable" personal attacks against Trump.
"You've got a network that is rewarding bad behavior, I don't understand it," Lewandowski said Tuesday afternoon on the John Fredericks Show. "The first debate which she participated in she leveled a serious of personal attacks on Mr. Trump. Her show has been increasingly negative toward Mr. Trump."
On Tuesday evening, Trump pulled out of this week's Fox News Debate, citing his past issues with Kelly and a cheeky Fox News press release. In the radio interview, which took place before Trump decided to pull out of the debate, Lewandowski said Trump "had no problem" debating, pointing to his frequent television appearances, but said Kelly wanted the make the debate about her, not the candidates.
"Megyn Kelly made that first debate about herself and now they're rewarding her with another opportunity to participate in a nationally-televised debate," Lewandowski said.
"The personal attacks leveled by Megyn Kelly in the past were unacceptable," he added, saying Trump would happily answer "fair" and "equitable" questions.
"We're not asking for anything other than what's fair and equitable across the board, but if you have a biased moderator up there, it'd be like asking Debra Wasserman Schultz to be a moderator. Maybe that's not the right thing to do when we're trying not to have the moderators make the news but the we're to have the candidates answer the questions so the American people can decided who they want to support."
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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