It was the shot heard ’round both the news media and social media: Newt Gingrich’s fiery one-on-one interview with Megyn Kelly on Tuesday.
In the Fox News segment, Kelly insinuated that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump was a sexual predator, and Gingrich struck back, telling Kelly she was “fascinated with sex and you don’t care about public policy.”
The uncomfortable exchange became a viral video sensation, and many on social media criticized Gingrich’s handling of the situation. But as you might expect, the former speaker didn’t hesitate to speak out in response to his critics.
Gingrich made clear in later interviews that he isn’t backing down from his sharp criticism of the Fox News personality — not one inch.
During an event for Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Gingrich told MSNBC that he’d had a lot of people “thank me for standing up to the baloney” that the liberal media are spinning about Trump.
Gingrich was asked, “What do you say to the Republican women who saw that interview last night and are upset by it?”
“I haven’t seen that,” Gingrich began. “I literally haven’t seen that anywhere …
“I’ve had a lot of Republican women write me and thank me for standing up to the baloney that is thrown at us by people who excuse Bill Clinton — ignore Bill Clinton — and then explain to us how shocked they are by Donald Trump,” he added.
Check out the video below:
The battle began Tuesday on “The Kelly File,” when Kelly prefaced a question with “if Donald Trump is a sexual predator …”
Gingrich tried to cut her off. “I am sick and tired of people like you using that language. That is inflammatory, that is not true.”
Kelly continued, though, telling Gingrich, “If Mr. Trump is a sexual predator, then it is a big story. And what we saw on that tape was Trump saying himself he likes to grab women by their genitals and kiss them against their will. That’s what we saw. And then we saw 10 women come forward after he denied actually doing it.”
When Gingrich said “You are fascinated with sex and you don’t care about public policy,” Kelly responded by telling him, “you can take your anger issues and spend some time working on them, Mr. Speaker.”
While the vicious Trump-Kelly feud that flared up following the first GOP debate has arguably been good for Megyn Kelly’s visibility, not all press is good press. Kelly herself has suffered accusations of acting as a media agent of Hillary Clinton, and the contretemps has dragged the Fox News anchor’s contract negotiations out into the spotlight.
In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch said that he would like to keep Kelly, but that the network could afford to lose her.
“Mr. Murdoch said in an interview that she is important to the network and he hopes to get a contract signed ‘very soon,’ but noted, ‘it’s up to her,’” the Journal reported.
“We have a deep bench of talent, many of whom would give their right arm for her spot,” Murdoch added.
Murdoch’s comments were so striking because such contract negotiations are normally conducted behind closed doors; very little in the media sphere is negotiated so openly. It’s also striking that the comments were made in an interview with The Wall Street Journal — another publication owned by Murdoch.
Murdoch’s comments on Kelly, especially given the forum, could be a sign to her camp that the media scion does not view her comments against Trump and her on-air combat with his surrogates with unalloyed delight.
Whatever the situation, it’s relatively clear that Gingrich had plenty to stand on when it came to his position vis-a-vis Kelly. Many, including the Fox News anchor, have focused little on the sexual impropriety and assault allegations against Bill Clinton or on the fact that Hillary Clinton acted as his enabler. Accusations against Trump, no matter how spurious, are always given screaming headlines.
With the number of Republicans who are fed up with this — including the party’s distaff members — it’s not surprising that the former speaker would get so many reactions commending him for his stand. If only the rest of the conservative movement could be so bold.
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