Donald Trump, in an extensive interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, defended his tone and tenor on the campaign trail, saying he’s a “counter-puncher” who’s only responding to the attacks against him.
“I’m a counter-puncher,” Trump said. “I respond pretty strongly, but in just about all cases I’ve been responding to what they did to me.”
Trump’s interview will air Tuesday on “Megyn Kelly Presents,” on Fox Broadcast Network affiliates at 8 p.m. ET.
The interview comes as Trump has effectively wrapped up the Republican presidential nomination and is turning his attention toward an expected general election battle against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
As for his role in this presidential election, Trump said: “I really view myself now as somewhat of a messenger… This is a massive thing that’s going on. These are millions and millions of people that have been disenfranchised from this country.”
The Trump interview was announced after Kelly met with the Republican candidate at Trump Tower in New York City in April.
Before that meeting, the two had been at odds for months – dating back to a Fox News-hosted debate last August, when Trump accused “The Kelly File” host of asking him unfair questions.
Speaking with Kelly, Trump suggested the August debate actually helped prepare him for the battle ahead.
“In a certain way, what you did might have been a favor, because I felt so good about having gotten through… I said, ‘If I could get through this debate, with those questions, you can get through anything,’” he said.