Sean Hannity accused Megyn Kelly of supporting Hillary Clinton.
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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 12:27 AM
A civil war is unfolding at America’s conservative news network.
Sean Hannity accused fellow Fox News host Megyn Kelly of supporting Hillary Clinton after she dared to say that his buddy Donald Trump avoids “unsafe spaces” and almost only sits down for softball interviews.
“Donald Trump — with all due respect to my friend at 10 o’clock — will go on ‘Hannity’ and pretty much only ‘Hannity’ and will not venture out to the unsafe spaces these days which doesn’t exactly expand the tent for either one of them,” Kelly said during a Wednesday broadcast of her primetime show “The Kelly File.”
A flustered Hannity quickly tweeted directly at Kelly, saying she should direct her anger at the Democratic nominee, adding “clearly you support her.”
Hannity’s sour mood lingered for hours, as evident when he was criticized by a social media user who challenged him to “stand by (his) colleagues.”
“Sure. When they stand by me,” he shot back.
Kelly had yet to address her colleague’s fuming tweets late Wednesday.
This isn’t the first time Kelly has taken a shot at Hannity.
Last week, she took a slight dig at him after he got an exclusive interview with Trump after the first presidential debate on Long Island.
Kelly has taken subtle digs at her colleague before.
“We’ve got Trump speaking to our own Sean Hannity,” she said. “We’ll see if he speaks to the journalists in this room after that interview.”
Hannity has hosted Trump several dozen times at his show and told viewers back in June he would vote for the real estate mogul this November.
Trump has spoken warmly of Hannity ever since, even referencing the Fox personality during the first presidential debate as somebody who could back up his false claim about opposing the Iraq war before the 2003 invasion.
Hannity’s harsh Twitter spree comes as he recently overtook Kelly in the network’s ratings, topping the cherished 25-54 demographic for the first time since 2013 during the month of September.
Hannity said in June he will vote for Donald Trump.
Kelly and Trump have feuded since the first Republican debate last August. Kelly served as one of the moderators and grilled Trump on his long history of insulting women.
“You have called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs’, ‘dogs’, ‘slobs’, and ‘disgusting animals,’” Kelly said. Trump immediately denied the comments — although there’s record of all of them — and made a crass joke about how the terms only applied to Rosie O’Donnell.
After the debate, Trump claimed Kelly had asked him unfair questions, and suggested she may have been hard on him because she was menstruating.
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her — wherever,” he said on CNN days later.