Republican Newt Gingrich accuses Fox TV anchor Megyn Kelly of being ‘fascinated by sex’ in bizzare Kelly files
Washington,Oct26:Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, and the Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly got into a televised tiff on Tuesday night in which he accused her of being “fascinated with sex”.
The Republican claimed she showed “bias” for mentioning the groping allegations against Donald Trump.
Ms Kelly retorted she was not fascinated by sex but by who was going to be in the White House.
The Fox News journalist has previously angered Mr Trump for questioning his attitude towards women.
Mr Trump publicly criticised Ms Kelly on a number of occasions after she asked about derogatory remarks he had made – including calling women “fat pigs” – during the Republican primaries in 2015.
But it was the mention of the leaked “sex boasts” tapes – in which the presidential nominee is heard to say he grabbed women by the genitals – which angered Mr Gingrich on the Kelly File on Tuesday.
The former Speaker of the House claimed the media was spending a disproportionate amount of time on the accusations of sexual misconduct, which Mr Trump has denied.
“You are fascinated with sex and you don’t care about public policy,” he told the bemused anchor.
Ms Kelly replied: “You know what Mr Speaker, I’m not fascinated by sex, but I am fascinated by the protection of women and understanding what we’re getting in the Oval Office and I think the American voters would like to know.”
Mr Gingrich went on to ask why the media was not subjecting the allegations against Bill Clinton to the same level of scrutiny – and goaded the presenter to call Mr Clinton a “sexual predator” on air.
But Ms Kelly pointed out it was not Mr Clinton but his wife Hilary who was on the ticket. Even so, she argued the Kelly File had devoted an entire programme to the claims.
The interview, which ended with Ms Kelly telling Mr Gingrich to work on his “anger issues”, has divided social media users in the US, with Republicans claiming it as a victory for Mr Gingrich, while Democrats side with Ms Kelly.