Megyn Kelly Defies Death Threats, Blasts Trump For ‘Stirring Hatred On Social Media’
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, who is under armed guard after receiving death threats from Trump supporters, has accused Donald Trump and his leadership staff of stirring hatred and inciting violence on the internet.
Speaking before an audience in Washington DC, she said that Trump has exploited a “far corner of the internet that really enjoys nastiness and threats and unfortunately there is a man who works for the President-elect whose job it is to stir these people up and that man needs to stop doing that. His name is Dan Scavino.”
Scavino is the director of social media for Trump’s highly divisive media strategy, The Guardian reported. Scavino has speculated that he might become the White House photographer or run its Twitter account, the report reads.
Kelly called out Scavino and urged him to “stop encouraging hostile and abusive elements online.”
Scavino and Kelly have clashed in public before. In October, after a heated exchange between the presenter and Trump ally Newt Gingrich, Scavino issued a clear threat to Kelly, writing on Twitter: “Megyn Kelly made a total fool out of herself tonight – attacking Donald Trump. Watch what happens to her after this election is over.”
Kelly said: “The worst part is the security threats that I’ve had to face and, as much as I try to avoid some of that online vitriol, I get lots of it and I really hate it. I find that stuff just soul-killing.”
The news anchor recalled that last year Trump raged at her over the phone after she aired allegations about his divorce from Ivana Trump. “You’re a disgrace!,” he yelled at her. “You ought to be ashamed of yourself! You’re a disgrace! I almost unleashed my beautiful Twitter account against you and I still may.”
Kelly described the incident as “an attempt at bullying” that failed, thanks to the support of her team at The Kelly File. “It was hard to hold the line night after night after night and not cover him too harshly, because my life was being threatened, and not cover him too gently because I wanted him to stop the nonsense or to please him.”
She received death threats and obscene phone calls, she continued. “When Donald Trump comes after you, it isn’t just a tweet – he can unleash hell in somebody’s life.”
“I’ve been under armed guard for 16 months and my children have been under armed guard and it’s not an appropriate price to pay for hard-hitting journalism.”