Jimmy Fallon thought Megyn Kelly did exemplary work during the first GOP debate last August. But as the Fox News anchor reminded the late-night host on Thursday, not everyone would agree.
“Donald Trump did not feel the same,” Kelly said after Fallon praised her showing and asked how her life had changed since the debate. “So it changed a little. Like, I can no longer go on Twitter.”
Kelly, a guest on Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, called the last six months “surreal” and said she did not expect the backlash from Trump. “We never anticipated anybody would react to the questions in that particular way,” she said. “But [I] sort of keep my head down and shoulders back and try to forge forward.”
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In the wake of the August debate, Trump slammed Kelly as a “lightweight” for her questions, one of which focused on the candidate’s statements about women. “You’ve called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ ‘slobs,’ and ‘disgusting animals,'” she said to Trump at the time. “Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who was likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?” Last month, Trump refused to participate in the final debate before the Iowa caucus, in part, because Kelly was one of the moderators.
Asked by Fallon whether she was fair with the initial line of questions last year, Kelly cited her status as a journalist. “They want George Washington’s job. And I’m a member of the press and we’re supposed to press, and see if they’re worthy,” she said.
Watch the segment below.