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Newt Gingrich, Fox News' Megyn Kelly Clash Over Trump Accusers

The exchange came after Kelly asked about claims Trump was a "sexual predator" and ended with her suggestion that Gingrich work on his "anger issues."
IMAGE: Megyn Kelly and Newt Gingrich
Megyn Kelly and Newt Gingrich during their heated exchange Tuesday night on Fox News Channel.MSNBC

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a prominent Donald Trump supporter, and Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly got into a seething argument Tuesday night over sex, media bias and anger.

Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly.Aaron Josefczyk / Reuters

The decidedly uncomfortable exchange came during an appearance Tuesday night by Gingrich — whom Fox identifies as a "Fox News Contributor" — with Kelly, who has famously locked horns with Trump in the past. You can watch the entire segment here.

Kelly asked the former speaker about polls — one of them a Fox News poll — indicating a swing toward Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in several key states.

"They're not nonpartisan outlets," Gingrich said, prompting Kelly's eyebrows to shoot toward the ceiling as she interjected: "Fox News? I don't think so."

Referring to analysis after the third presidential debate — which followed the emergence of several women who accused Trump of inappropriate and unwanted sexual behavior in the past — Gingrich declared:

"Let me point out something to you: The three major networks spent 23 minutes attacking Donald Trump that night and 57 seconds on Hillary Clinton's secret speeches. You don't think this is a scale of bias worthy of Pravda and Izvestia?"

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich introduces Donald Trump at a rally last month in Ft. Myers, Fla.Evan Vucci / AP

(Pravda was the official newspaper of the Communist Party in the former Soviet Union. Izvestia was the Soviet government's newspaper of record.)

Kelly managed to squeeze in a question about allegations that Trump was a "sexual predator" — which appeared to set off a switch somewhere inside Gingrich, who started jabbing his finger at the camera and declared in a voice rising with anger: "I am sick and tired of people like you using language that's inflammatory that's not true."

It went on from there:

Gingrich: "You are fascinated with sex, and you don't care about public policy."

Kelly: "Me, really?"

Gingrich: "That's what I get out of watching you tonight."

Kelly: "You know, Mr. Speaker, I'm not fascinated by sex, but I am fascinated by the protection of women and understanding what we're getting in the Oval Office ..."

Gingrich: "You want a comment on whether the Clinton ticket has a relationship to a sexual predator? ... I want to hear you use the words 'Bill Clinton, sexual predator.' I dare you. Say 'Bill Clinton, sexual predator.'"

At the end of the segment, Kelly signed off with this: "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."

Gingrich responded: "And you, too. You, too."

Gingrich then posted video of the exchange on Twitter:

The Trump campaign's social media director, Dan Scavino, chimed in:

The spat between two personalities of the same network generated a huge response on social media.