In a sea of men, two women stood out during Thursday night's Republican presidential debates: Carly Fiorina, who dominated the undercard, and Megyn Kelly, who charged hard after Donald Trump in the main event.
If Republicans thought that Fox News would go easy on the GOP contenders, Kelly and her colleagues Chris Wallace and Bret Baier clearly had other things in mind. They were aggressive from the get-go, consistently asking pointed questions of all 10 candidates on stage, especially — though not only — Trump.
They pushed Trump on disparaging comments he's made about women, his past support for a single-payer health care system, his donations to Democrats and the Clinton Foundation, and his business dealings. One of the more contentious moments came when Kelly bluntly asked Trump: "When did you actually become a Republican?"
Trump, perhaps slightly exasperated, told the crowd: "I don't think they like me very much."
Clearly, the questioning got to him. Trump complained about Kelly specifically to reporters after the debate. "I think the questions were not nice. They were inappropriate," Trump said. "I think Megyn behaved very badly."
While Trump may have gotten the toughest treatment of the night, his rivals still felt the heat from the moderators throughout the debate. The trio pressed just about every candidate about a weak spot on his resume. Wallace asked Scott Walker why he changed his positions on immigration, Baier challenged Jeb Bush's stance on the Common Core education standards, and Kelly questioned Ben Carson's credentials for office.