Fox News' Megyn Kelly named President-elect Donald Trump's social media director as the reason she's had to hire armed guards for herself and her family for months. The cable news host made the allegation an event sponsored by Politics and Prost Bookshop in Washington, D.C., Monday night, as reported in the Guardian:
The Fox News host urged Dan Scavino, a member of the presidential transition team’s leadership staff, to stop encouraging hostile and abusive elements online.
“The vast majority of Donald Trump supporters are not at all this way,” Kelly told an audience in Washington. “It’s that far corner of the internet that really enjoys nastiness and threats and unfortunately there is a man who works for Donald Trump whose job it is to stir these people up and that man needs to stop doing that. His name is Dan Scavino.”
The worst part is the security threats that I’ve had to face, and as much as I try to avoid some of that online vitriol, I get lots of it and I really hate it. I find that stuff just soul-killing.
The Trump campaign was roundly criticized for some of the questionable social media actions they took, and these continue on past the election. Scavino even posted a video that implied onetime Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) had been having an affair with his former communications director — despite a lack of evidence for the claim. He was also the source of the controversial anti-Hillary image that Trump posted and many said had vague anti-Semitic imagery. His efforts have allegedly encouraged the alt-right social media army that mobilized to attack Trump opponents even after he won the election and had denounced their support.
Scavino hasn't been shy in taking to Twitter to go after Kelly:
.@NewtGingrich just destroyed @MegynKelly. Shows she is totally biased against Mr. Trump & not very smart. Mr. Trump has long known!!— Dan Scavino (@Dan Scavino)1477446730.0
.@MegynKelly made a total fool out of herself tonight- attacking @realDonaldTrump. Watch what happens to her after this election is over.— Dan Scavino (@Dan Scavino)1477446940.0
And it doesn't look like it's going to end, as Trump has expressed near-disdain for criticism of any controversial social media actions his team might have taken.