The Real Reason Megyn Kelly Hired an Armed Guard to Protect Her and Her Kids at Disney World
You may remember her start on Fox News, but now, Megyn Kelly is an even bigger force to be reckoned with. Her feisty, go-getter attitude has served her well on multiple networks so far. And now, her NBC talk show, Megyn Kelly Today, is providing her with her own platform for both hard-hitting news coverage and entertainment.
It hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Kelly, though. At one point, angry viewers had her and her family scared to go to Disney World by themselves. This is what happened.
1. Kelly says it all started with Trump’s personal attacks on her
If there’s anything Megyn Kelly has learned over the years, it’s how to get on Donald Trump’s bad side. The Los Angeles Times reports Kelly recounts the 2015 incident in her book, Settle for More. At the time, Kelly reported that Ivana Trump, Donald’s first wife, testified during their divorce that he raped her. Ivana later retracted the statement, but Trump worried Kelly might bring it up during the first Republican primary debate.
Kelly believes this information put Trump and her at odds from the very beginning, TIME says. And it only got worse from there.
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2. The fire was fueled when Kelly asked Trump about the way he treated women
When Trump found out Kelly was going to be the moderator of the GOP primary debate, he made his concerns well known to Fox News executives, USA Today reports. And when Kelly’s first questions to Trump were regarding his treatment of women, that’s when she really agitated the now-president.
The Los Angeles Times says Kelly asked Trump about the times he referred to women as “fat pigs,” “dogs,” and “slobs.” Trump felt as if her questions to him were personal attacks, and the situation only became worse for Kelly following the debate.
Next: The backlash Kelly received had her fearing for her life.
3. Kelly received some seriously scary social media comments
After the debate, tension rose between Trump and Kelly before an all-out Twitter war took place. Vox explains Trump said Kelly was purposely trying to trip him up with her questions about sexism. And this is also when Trump said, “You could see blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever,” to embarrass her.
Trump later took to Twitter to call Kelly names, like “bimbo” and “crazy Megyn,” the Los Angeles Times reports. And when Trump’s attorney retweeted a statement from a supporter claiming to want to “gut her,” things got way too out of hand. She received violent, hateful messages online, making her fearful.
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4. She went to Disney World with her security guard, just in case
As Kelly notes in her book, “Trump’s anger was evidently seen by some as a call to action.” And due to the violent nature of the messages she was receiving, her vacation plans now included one additional guest.
The Los Angeles Times reports her vacation with her children to Disney World involved a security guard. “Yes, we took an armed guard to the Magic Kingdom,” she writes. “More guns, more guards, my year of Trump.”
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5. Did Kelly and Trump ever make amends?
After the debacle, Kelly reached out to Trump for a meeting to settle their differences. And when they finally met in Trump Tower for a discussion, she extended her hand for a shake, but he actually went for a hug, Radar Online reports. Regarding the incident, Kelly says it felt like a gesture to say “if not ‘I’m sorry,’ perhaps ‘Let’s move on,’ which was what I was there for.”
Trump went so far as to congratulate Kelly on how feisty she was during the debate. And he even got Ivanka on the phone to speak to Kelly as well.
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6. Despite the dispute, people still like Megyn Kelly
Megyn Kelly Today didn’t have the strong start she hoped for. But the more people watch Kelly in action, especially when she’s taking on issues of sexual assault and gender equality, the more viewers she gains. USA Today notes in December 2017, Kelly started to see her show’s ratings take off.
Though she initially said she wanted to steer clear of politics, some guests, like women who accused famous men of sexual misconduct, brought in tons of viewers. Luckily, it seems her spat with Trump didn’t impact her ratings too severely.
Next: Kelly’s tough childhood and time at Fox prepared her for her “year of Trump.”
7. This isn’t the first time Kelly was bullied, either
In a personal essay Kelly wrote for Newsweek, she mentions her long history with bullying. It began in the seventh grade, when she was bullied “relentlessly, mercilessly” by a group of girls her age. Though she rose above the bullies and became a strong anchor at Fox News, it didn’t end there. She describes in her book the sexual harassment she endured from Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.
“Roger made sure I knew the stakes … The message could not have been clearer: ‘If you tell anyone, I will destroy you,'” Kelly wrote in her book regarding Ailes, People reports. But Kelly and the army of women with similar stories about Ailes banded together and took him down.
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