In The Aftermath Of The Election, Megyn Kelly Said Women 'Have A Long Way To Go'
Kelly bore the brunt of sexist attacks during the election — after Hillary Clinton.
Megyn Kelly was the quintessential Fox News anchor, often derided by the left for her provocative statements on police brutality, African Americans and immigrants.
But that was before the election. During the presidential race, Kelly emerged as a feminist force to be reckoned with, meeting Donald Trump's dogged attacks in the media and on Twitter head on. But Kelly toed a tricky line between conservatism and feminism, and her unflinching criticism of the GOP nominee often put her in the crosshairs of his loyal supporters.
Now, as she girds for a Trump presidency while promoting her upcoming book Settle For More, Kelly opened up about her thoughts on the election. In an interview with the New York Times, Kelly spoke of the rampant misogyny that was given free rein during the presidential race.
"There were a few themes that came out of 2016, and one of them is, as women, we have a long way to go, a long way to go," she told reporter Jim Rutenberg. Kelly said that she took no sides on the election, but noted:
There is a tolerance for some considerable level of sexism and in some corners — let me underscore I'm not referring to Trump specifically, just what we saw this year — even misogyny.
Kelly's book also includes details about the sexual harassment claims against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes that she, too, was on the receiving end of. On her promotion tour, she has made a point to speak up about it to empower other women in the workplace to challenge similar behavior.
Kelly also talked to Rutenberg about the man who once said she had "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever," and his behavior towards her and the press at large during the election.
"The relentless campaign that Trump unleashed on me and Fox News to try to get coverage the way he liked it was unprecedented and potentially very dangerous," Kelly said, adding that if Trump were to act similarly as president, "it would be quite chilling for many reporters."
But, like many others who are readying for whether President Trump will be different from candidate Trump, Kelly said, "I'm going to be open-minded to Trump turning over a new leaf and perhaps being more like a president."