Megyn Kelly’s new memoir “Settle for More” suggests that someone may have tipped off then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump about a question she planned to ask him at the first GOP debate, according to a review of the book by the New York Times.
In the book, Kelly wrote that the day before the first presidential debate, an irate Trump called Fox executives and said he’d heard that the first question Kelly planned to ask at the debate “was a very pointed question directed at him.”
The Times wrote that Kelly was “disconcerted" because “it was true.” Kelly’s first question at the debate was about Trump’s history of derogatory language towards women, such as referring to them as “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.”
The Times added that Kelly “doesn’t speculate” who may have been behind the alleged leak.
Trump, now the president-elect, attacked Kelly relentlessly in the days and weeks following the debate, even suggesting that she asked the question because she was menstruating.
“Folks were starting to worry about Trump — his level of agitation did not match the circumstances,” Kelly wrote in the book. “Yes, it was his first debate. But this was bizarre behavior, especially for a man who wanted the nuclear codes.”
After the New York Times published their review of her book, Kelly took to Twitter to clarify that she does not believe Trump knew the question itself in advance.
For the record, my book "Settle for More" does not suggest Trump had any debate Qs in advance, nor do I believe that he did.— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) November 11, 2016
Kelly also wrote in the book that although she woke up feeling fine the day of the debate, she became violently ill about 15 minutes after drinking coffee given to her by the driver assigned to bring her to the debate, whom she said had been behaving suspiciously. For a short time, Kelly was afraid she wouldn’t be able to moderate the debate. She ultimately did, but stored a garbage can underneath the desk — just in case.
She Tweeted that she believes her mysterious illness the day of the debate was “a stomach virus.”
Also for the record, I believe the reason I got sick the day of the first debate was I contracted a stomach virus, just as Rand Paul did.— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) November 11, 2016
“Settle for More” is available Nov. 15.