Newt Gingrich says Megyn Kelly is 'fascinated with sex'

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2016 file photo, Moderator Megyn Kelly waits for the start of the Republican presidential primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa. Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Kelly she is “fascinated with sex” amid criticism of her coverage of sexual misconduct accusations against GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. The heated exchange came Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, on Kelly’s program. Kelly responded to Gingrich’s comment by saying she’s “not fascinated by sex,” but is “fascinated by the protection of women.” (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2016 file photo, Moderator Megyn Kelly waits for the start of the Republican presidential primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa. Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Kelly she is “fascinated with sex” amid criticism of her coverage of sexual misconduct accusations against GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. The heated exchange came Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, on Kelly’s program. Kelly responded to Gingrich’s comment by saying she’s “not fascinated by sex,” but is “fascinated by the protection of women.” (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Fox News host Megyn Kelly got into a terse exchange Tuesday after Kelly asked Gingrich about the women accusing GOP nominee Donald Trump of sexual misconduct.

Gingrich was a guest on Kelly's Fox Channel show, talking about Donald Trump in the last weeks of the election.

The exchange went something like this after Gingrich complained about the coverage of accusations against Trump:

“As a media story, we don’t get to say that 10 women are lying. We have to cover that story, sir,” said Kelly.

“Sure. Okay,” Gingrich said. “So, so it’s worth 23 minutes of the three networks to cover that story, and Hillary Clinton had a secret speech in Brazil to a bank that pays her 225,000, saying her dream is an open border where 600 million people could come to America — that’s not worth covering …”

“That is worth covering,” interjected Kelly. “And we did.”

“ … I mean, you want to go back through the tapes of your show recently, you are fascinated with sex, and you don’t care about public policy," Gingrich said.

“Me? Really?” Kelly said.

“Well, that’s what I get out of watching you tonight,” Gingrich said.

“You know what, Mr. Speaker, I’m not fascinated by sex. But I am fascinated by the protection of women …”, Kelly said. “ … and understanding what we’re getting in the Oval Office …”

“Okay," Gingrich injected.

“ … and I think the American voters would like to know …”

“And, therefore, we’re going to send Bill Clinton back to the East Wing, because after all, you are worried about sexual predators," Gingrich interrupted.

“Yeah, listen, it’s not about me,” Kelly said. “It’s about the women and men of America. And the poll numbers show us that the women of America, in particular, are very concerned about these allegations and, in large part, believe that they are a real issue. And don’t dismiss the women …”

" ... do you want to comment on whether the Clinton ticket has a relationship to a sexual predator," Gingrich asked.

“We on “The Kelly File’ have covered that story as well, sir. I will tell you, the polls …”

“No," Gingrich said. "I just want to hear you use the words. I want to hear you use the words ‘Bill Clinton, sexual predator.’ I dare you.  “Say ‘Bill Clinton, sexual predator.’”

“ … excuse me, sir. We on ‘The Kelly File’ have covered the Clinton matter as well. We’ve hosted Kathleen Willey …," Kelly said.  “ … 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. 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. Thanks for being here.”

“And you, too," Gingrich said.

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