Kelly Blames Months Of Threats On Trump, Social Media Guy Dan Scavino

Megyn Kelly said the responsibility for a deluge of threats faced by her and her family lies with President-elect Donald Trump, and his social media director, Dan Scavino.

“The vast majority of Donald Trump supporters are not at all this way,” Kelly said of the online hate and abuse she had faced during the campaign, The Guardian reported. Kelly was speaking at a Monday night event at Politics and Prose, a Washington, D.C., bookstore.

“It’s that far corner of the internet that really enjoys nastiness and threats and unfortunately there is a man who works for Donald Trump whose job it is to stir these people up and that man needs to stop doing that. His name is Dan Scavino.”

Scavino tweeted in October that “Megyn Kelly made a total fool out of herself tonight – attacking Donald Trump. Watch what happens to her after this election is over,” after a contentious interview with Newt Gingrich on Fox News’ “The Kelly File.”

In July, Scavino claimed credit for one of Trump’s tweets that featured a six-pointed star against a backdrop of hundred dollar bills, which labeled Hillary Clinton the “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” drawing charges of anti-Semitism.

Kelly faced multiple attacks online from Trump himself as well: He called her “a bimbo” and many other things, after she grilled him about his history of misogynistic rhetoric at the first Republican debate.

“When Donald Trump comes after you, it isn’t just a tweet—‘Oh wow, he’s tweeting about her’, and I understand he’s a fighter, he’s a counter-puncher, I get all that—but even then he has such power that a single tweet can unleash hell in somebody’s life,” she said. “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.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously assistant editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at mshuham@talkingpointsmemo.com and on Twitter @mattshuham.

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK