Megyn Kelly’s new book isn't even out yet, but it's already causing a firestorm with insinuations that she may have been poisoned the night of the first Republican debate in August 2015.
According to The New York Times, the Fox News host writes in Settle For More that while she was en route to the debate in Cleveland, her driver “insisted on getting her coffee, though she’d repeatedly declined his offer. Once it was in her hand, she drank it. And within 15 minutes, she was violently ill, vomiting so uncontrollably that it was unclear if she’d be able to go on and help moderate that evening.
"It was so bad that she kept a trash pail beneath her desk throughout the debate, just in case.”
Kelly is now trying to diffuse the bombshell report, saying that a nasty stomach virus was going around that night, and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who was on the debate stand, was also ill.
Kelly tweeted: "I believe the reason I got sick the day of the first debate was I contracted a stomach virus, just as Rand Paul did.”
Also for the record, I believe the reason I got sick the day of the first debate was I contracted a stomach virus, just as Rand Paul did.— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) November 11, 2016
Kelly is also hinting in the book that the day before the debate, Donald Trump called executives at Fox News “in a lather" after he heard that her first question to him was going to be "very pointed."
Kelly says she doesn't now believe there was a leak, tweeting Thursday night: “For the record, my book "Settle for More" does not suggest Trump had any debate Qs in advance, nor do I believe that he did.”
For the record, my book "Settle for More" does not suggest Trump had any debate Qs in advance, nor do I believe that he did.— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) November 11, 2016
And she suggests, Trump tried to get on her good side even before he announced his candidacy by offering in one instance to pay for a weekend she spent with two girlfriends at the Trump SoHo Hotel. She writes: "I was not the only journalist to whom Trump offered gifts clearly meant to shape coverage.”