Archived: Trump Social Media Director Threatens Megyn Kelly after Gingrich Incident

An on-air dispute between Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and longtime Fox guest and contributor Newt Gingrich ended with a member of the Trump campaign saying, “Watch what happens to [Kelly] after this election is over.”

During an interview on “The Kelly File,” Kelly said that Trump might be a “sexual predator” and immediately faced backlash from Gingrich.

“If Trump is a sexual predator, that is ,” Kelly began before being cut off by Gingrich.

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“He’s not a sexual predator. You can’t say that!” Gingrich said. “You can not defend that statement. I am sick and tired of people like you using language that’s inflammatory, that’s not true!”

“Excuse me, Mr. Speaker. You have no idea if it’s true or not,” Kelly responded, adding, “I think that your defensiveness on this may speak volumes, sir.”

“What I said is,” Kelly went on after being repeatedly cut off by Gingrich, “if Donald Trump is a sexual predator, then it’s a big story. And what we saw on that tape was Trump himself saying that he likes to grab women by the genitals and kiss them against their will. That’s what we saw. Then we saw 10 women come forward after he actually denied doing it at a debate, to say, ‘That was untrue; he did it to me; he did it to me.’ We saw reporters, we saw people who had worked with him, people from Apprentice, and so on and so forth. He denies it all, which is his right we don’t know what the truth is.

“My point to you is, as a media story, we don’t get to say the 10 women are lying,” Kelly concluded. “We have to cover that story, sir.”

At the very least, Trump’s inflammatory language has spoken for itself, as a 2005 video recently surfaced of Trump bragging about groping women, adding he can grab women by their genitals whenever he wants. Since then, numerous women have come forward and alleged that Trump has sexually assaulted them.

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Gingrich said to Kelly, “You are fascinated with sex and you don’t care about public policy. That’s what I get out of watching you tonight.”

“You know what, Mr. Speaker, I’m not fascinated by sex,” Kelly responded. “But I am fascinated by the protection of women and understanding what we’re getting in the Oval Office.”

Trump’s director of social media, Dan Scavino, later sent out two tweets, one of which threatened Kelly.

Trump later congratulated Gingrich on “an amazing interview.” But not everyone agreed with the Republican candidate’s assertion.

CNN host Anderson Cooper called Gingrich’s rant “a particularly ironic thing.”

“For Newt Gingrich to accuse Megyn Kelly of being fascinated by sex. This is a guy who is, what, on his third marriage, cheated on his first two wives, and was having an affair while he was impeaching Bill Clinton,” he said.

CNN contributor Ana Navarro agreed and questioned if Gingrich and Trump understood the definition of sexual assault.

“You said ironic. I think the word you’re looking for is hypocritical,” Navarro said.

“Let me explain it slowly,” she continued. “Sexual assault and sex are two different things. One is unwanted, one is wanted, so maybe they need to understand that to begin with.”

According to the Department of Justice’s definition of sexual assault, what Trump described is exactly that: “Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape.”

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