You can take the host out of Fox News, but you can’t take Fox News out of the host.
NBC’s Megyn Kelly is drawing fire for her condemnation of Julie Swetnick, who’s accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Kelly also says an old letter written by Kavanaugh describing his teenage party pals as “loud, obnoxious drunks with prolific pukers among us,” shows he was a responsible teen.
While defending Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford’s right to be heard, the fiery former Fox News host was dismissive of Swetnick, as well as Kavanaugh’s former Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez, Wednesday morning on “Megyn Kelly Today.”
“We only have one woman alleging sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, one woman who claims he may or may not have exposed himself to her, she didn’t see it with her own two eyes, and then there’s the third woman, Julie Swetnick,” Kelly said. “I don’t even have time to get into her hot mess of a testimonial. I’m no longer even including her in the list of accusers.”
Swetnick gave an interview to NBC’s sister network MSNBC that aired Monday, in which she claimed she’d been gang raped by a group of boys at a party in the 1980s where Kavanaugh was in attendance. Swetnick, who says she may have been drugged, couldn’t confirm Kavanaugh was one of the people who allegedly assaulted her, but recalled that he was a “very aggressive, a very sloppy drunk, a very mean drunk.”
MSNBC could not corroborate Swetnick’s account, but reported that a police officer she allegedly told of the the incident has since died.
“I was shoved into a room and I’m having my clothes torn in different directions I was touched everywhere, I was physically assaulted in every way you could possible assault a woman, it was horrible,” Swetnick recalled.
Not only has Kavanaugh denied the accusations against him, he claims he’s never met Swetnick and that her charges are “ridiculous and from ‘The Twilight Zone.’”
Kelly also argued that a 35-year-old letter from Kavanaugh to friends with whom he was organizing a beach party — in which he told them to warn neighbors that they might want to stay “about 30 miles” away— showed he was a mindful kid.
“It’s ridiculous!” she said. “If you read this whole letter you will be so impressed at the responsibility of this young man, saying to his roommates, this is when the lease needs to be paid. It has to be paid in cash, do it upfront.”
She then theatrically crumbled up a photocopy of the letter, obtained by the New York Times Tuesday, and threw it on the studio floor.
Kelly has railed against the Kavanaugh investigation all week, labeling it a “farce.” Internet critics have been tough on Kelly, reminding her that people listened when she accused her Fox News boss Roger Ailes of sexual harassment in 2016.
“I bet it meant a lot to YOU to be believed when it was your turn to speak up against the power head who was assaulting you,” tweeted one critic. Another Twitter user accused Kelly of enabling “male Misogynistic Culture.”
Kelly, a lawyer, tweeted back saying “I will defend due process to my dying day.”
The 47-year-old television provocateur worked at Fox News for 12 years before moving to NBC in 2017. Her deal at the Peacock Network is reportedly paying her as much as $20 million a year.
Kelly, whose most infamous on-air moment at Fox News may have been her 2013 declaration “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white,” has been known to walk back her blunders.
“I regret a lot of what I’ve said,” she told Business Insider in November. “I mean you’re going to be on the air several hours a week live television, you’re going to say stupid s–t.”