Speaking with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday about her new book Settle for More, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly revealed she hired security guards for a full year because of threats president-elect Donald Trump directed at her.
The issue was catalyzed when Kelly aired a segment on Trump’s divorce from Ivana Trump. Kelly interviewed a journalist from The Daily Beast who had reported rape allegations Ivana made during the divorce, which she later fully recanted. Kelly believed she would expose the journalist, inviting him “to give him a hard time” because the incident had happened thirty years before. She said she was doing Trump “a favor” because “nobody was telling the other side.”
But Kelly said Trump was furious: “He said, ‘That’s it. you’re a disgrace, you outta be ashamed of yourself,’ and then he said, ‘I almost unleashed my beautiful Twitter account against you, and I still may.’ And that was four days before the presidential debate, at which I knew I was going to open with a tough question about women — not about Ivana Trump — but about women. So going in, I had some nerves because I had a feeling he wouldn’t like it.”
After the debate, and Trump had excoriated Kelly with his infamous “blood coming out of her wherever” comment, Kelly hired security.
She told Cooper, “We had security guards the whole year. I mean, the threat level just got so high that it was impossible not to take that seriously. And you know, it’s not like I was walking around actively believing that somebody was gonna necessarily try something, but it was high enough that we had to take it seriously.”
Kelly wrote in her book that a Fox executive told the Trump campaign, “It would not be good for you if Megyn Kelly is killed.” She related to Cooper:
So Michael Cohen, who is Trump’s top lawyer and an executive vice president for the Trump Organization, had retweeted “let’s gut her” about me, at a time when the threat level was very high, which he knew, and Bill Shine, an executive vice president at Fox, called him up to say, “You gotta stop this. We understand you’re angry, but this — she’s got three little kids, she’s running around New York.” He didn’t much care. And what Bill Shine said to Michael Cohen was, “Let me put it to you in terms you can understand: ‘If Megyn Kelly gets killed, it’s not gonna help your candidate.'”
"I mean, the threat level just got so high that it was impossible not to take that seriously".
Kelly has taken some heat for not coming forth sooner about the threats from Trump. She replied, “I mean, do you think if the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape didn’t make a difference and the 12 female accusers didn’t make a difference and the Khan family and Judge Curiel — none of that mattered — that my, he mentioned his ‘beautiful Twitter account,’ was gonna be a game changer? [I] didn’t want to make it any more about me. Trump kept trying to make the story about me, and the story was about him … I felt like a human being who had been dropped into a shark tank. And there were passersby looking in, slightly horrified at what was going on. And all I wanted to do last year was get myself out of the shark tank.”