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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly squared off Tuesday night in a heated interview about how the media is covering the election.
Gingrich, who is an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump, accused Kelly and other journalists of treating the Republican presidential nominee unfairly.
Specifically, Gingrich took issue with the media’s extensive coverage of Trump’s lewd comments about women captured in a leaked 2005 recording and the allegations of several women accusing Trump of groping them.
“You want to go back through the tapes of your show recently?” Gingrich asked Kelly. “You are fascinated with sex, and you don’t care about public policy. That’s what I get out of watching you tonight.”
Kelly fired back, saying she was simply concerned for women should Trump be elected in November.
“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.”
Later in the interview, Gingrich was set off again when Kelly defended coverage of the Trump tape and when she said “if Trump is a sexual predator, then it is a big story.”
“I’m sick and tired of people like you using language that’s inflammatory that’s not true,” Gingrich said.
Gingrich criticized Kelly and the media for focusing on allegations of misconduct by Trump and argued that the media has not scrutinized similar allegations, now decades old, against Bill Clinton.
Gingrich echoed Trump’s allegations of late that the media is conspiring against his presidential campaign.
“Excuse me, sir. We on ‘The Kelly File’ have covered the Clinton matter as well. We’ve hosted Kathleen Willey, we’ve covered the examples of him being accused as well. But he’s not on the ticket, and the polls also show that the American public is less interested in the deeds of Hillary Clinton’s husband than they are in the deeds of the man who asks us to make him president, Donald Trump.”
Kelly then abruptly shut down the interview with one last jab at Gingrich: “We’re going to have to leave it at that and you can take your anger issues and spend some time working on them, Mr. Speaker.”
Watch the interview below: