Trump hits critics in late-night Twitter rant
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Businessman Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE took to Twitter early Friday morning to hit back at Fox News host Megyn Kelly and other critics hours after the first Republican debate.

During the debate, Trump had an intense exchange with Kelly after she questioned him on previous remarks disparaging women.


Minutes after Thursday night's first GOP-sanctioned debate, Kelly acknowledged on Fox News that Trump was likely throwing a few angry tweets her way. 

Trump followed up later that night, tweeting of Kelly: "She is totally overrated and angry. She really bombed tonite (sic)."

Trump also shared a slew of tweets aimed at the Fox News star — the only woman who spoke during the debate, and one of three Fox personalities who hosted it — as well as the network itself.

The billionaire businessman also hit back at analyst Frank Luntz, who led a focus group on Megyn Kelly's show, "The Kelly File," immediately after the primetime debate that found a majority turned off by Trump's performance. Trump blasted Luntz as a "low class slob." 

Trump didn't let up on his critics:

The tweets came after Trump told reporters that he thought Megyn Kelly "behaved very badly," claiming he faced tougher questions than the nine other candidates during the debate.

The celebrity real estate developer hinted during the debate that he could "maybe not be" nice to Kelly after a suggestion he was fueling a "war on women" and had called women "fat pigs."

Several other candidates faced tough questions from Kelly, including Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHillicon Valley: Warren turns up heat in battle with Facebook | Instagram unveils new data privacy feature | Advocacy group seeks funding to write about Big Tech TikTok adds former lawmakers to help develop content moderation policies This week: Congress returns to chaotic Washington MORE (Fla.) and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, among others.