Things got pretty fiery on the Fox News Channel Tuesday night when Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an advisor to Donald Trump's campaign, faced off with network host Megyn Kelly about allegations of sexual misconduct against the Republican presidential nominee.
The bombshell debate between the pair seemed to reach a fever pitch when Kelly asked Gingrich about the possibility that Trump could be a "sexual predator," at which point the former lawmaker brashly replied, "I'm sick and tired of people like you using language that's inflammatory that's not true."
"I think your defensiveness on this may speak volumes, sir," the Fox host calmly responded.
Gingrich, arguing the media coverage is stacked against his candidate, went on to tell Kelly she is not focusing enough on WikiLeaks revelations about Hillary Clinton and her apparent flip-flop on issues like immigration.
"You want to go back to the tapes of your show recently?" Gingrich charged, wagging his finger at 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, seemingly amused by the suggestion, pushed back against the former House speaker's assertion, informing him that she has, in fact, reported on the stolen emails raising concerns about Clinton's record while also covering allegations against Trump because it is an important — and newsworthy — topic to discuss.
"You know what, Mr. Speaker, I'm not fascinated by sex," Kelly told a clearly angry Gingrich. "But I am fascinated by the protection of women and understanding what we're getting in the Oval Office and I think the American voters would like to know..."
Gingrich then tried to goad Kelly into calling former President Bill Clinton a "sexual predator," which she Fox anchor did not do.
"We on 'The Kelly File' have covered the Clinton matter as well, ... but he's not on the ticket," she told Gingrich. "And the polls 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."
And the intense debate didn't come with any sort of smooth — or friendly — resolve, either.
"You can take your anger issues and spend some time working on them, Mr. Speaker," Kelly asserted.
In response, Gingrich coldly replied, "You too."
Naturally, the debate between Gingrich and Kelly did not sway anyone's opinion. Shortly after the segment aired, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., a staunch Trump supporter, claimed the conversation proved the Fox host is a Clinton backer.