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Megyn Kelly, who has had a famously tumultuous relationship with President Donald Trump, potentially escalated that rift by interviewing three women who have accused the president of sexual misconduct on her show Monday morning.
The women — Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks — have all accused Trump of acting inappropriately toward them. Leeds has said that Trump groped her on an airplane in the late 1970s; Holvey has accused Trump of being inappropriate and “inspecting” Miss USA pageant competitors; and Crooks has said that Trump kissed her without her consent in 2005.
Crooks said she was “shocked” and “devastated” by her interaction with the president. “He kept kissing you?” Kelly asked.
“Nobody dreams of being ogled when you’re a little girl wanting to wear a crown,” said Holvey, who was Miss North Carolina in 2006.
Asked by Kelly what she’d like to see happen to Trump, Leeds said: “I would like to see some reckoning. I would like to see that he’s not Teflon.”
Kelly also mentioned that her former Fox News colleague Juliet Huddy recently told a story on the radio about Trump kissing her on an elevator in 2005.
The White House has already responded to the appearance. “These false claims, totally disputed in most cases by eyewitness accounts, were addressed at length during last year’s campaign, and the American people voiced their judgment by delivering a decisive victory,” the Office of the Press Secretary said in a statement. “The timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes, and the publicity tour that has begun only further confirms the political motives behind them.”
Crooks said the statement was “laughable.” Kelly said her show reached out to the White House on Sunday night and was told that “they had nothing further to say on this subject.”
When launching her Megyn Kelly Today show on Sept. 25, Kelly said she was “done” with politics and would be focusing instead on more uplifting shows. But, in recent weeks, her show has been focused on telling the stories of women who have accused powerful people in the fields of media, entertainment and politics of sexual misconduct.
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