Fox News host Megyn Kelly explained in a USA Today interview published Tuesday how Donald Trump threatened to “unleash” his Twitter account on her after she reported on a past allegation of spousal rape against him.
Kelly wrote in her new memoir, “Settle for More,” that Trump harassed her and complained to Fox News executives after becoming paranoid that she would ask him a pointed question during a primary debate. She said that he called her and suggested that he knew what her first debate question would be.
“He said he had ‘heard’ that my first question was a very pointed question directed at him,” Kelly wrote, as quoted by USA Today.
Her first question, infamously, was about Trump’s treatment of women.
“How could he know that?” she questioned in her book, as quoted by USA Today.
Trump had been critical in the past about allegations that interim Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile fed Hillary Clinton a question before a primary debate. Kelly told USA Today that she does not think that Trump had knowledge of the question beforehand, but did have a hunch because of a segment she did.
Kelly told USA Today that she believes Trump was actually paranoid she’d ask about a past rape allegation made by his ex-wife, Ivana Trump, that she had long since retracted. After Kelly did a segment about a Daily Beast report on the allegation, she said Trump called and threatened her, saying “I almost unleashed my beautiful Twitter account on you, and I still may.”
Obviously, Trump followed through on that alleged threat, frequently mocking and insulting Kelly online during the primaries. Kelly wrote in her memoir that because of Trump’s insults she received threats from his supporters, with strange men even showing up at her door.
“(Trump) couldn’t let it go for so long,” she told USA Today, “and there was a time when I wondered if he’d ever let it go.”
Kelly noted that she feels Trump now has proven he can get over feuds and she feels that their relationship is in a good place.