According to the New York Times, the Fox News anchor reveals in her new memoir that Trump was tipped off about a question she was going to ask in the first first Republican presidential primary debate (which she moderated).
Per the excerpt, the day before the debate, an enraged Trump called Fox execs because he heard her first question “was a very pointed” one “directed at him,” she writes. This spooked her because it was true — the first question dealt with Trump’s misogynistic language about women. She does not speculate whether the leak originated from inside her own network.
What Kelly writes happens next, per the Times, is even more unsettling
Her story becomes more byzantine. On the day of the debate, Ms. Kelly writes, she woke up feeling great. Then an overzealous, suspiciously enthusiastic driver picked her up to take her to the convention center. He 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.
Ms. Kelly never says outright that someone tried to poison her. (A stomach bug was going around, she notes.) But the episode spooked her enough that she shared it later with Roger Ailes and a lawyer friend of his. Foul play? Again: She reports. You decide.
Trump later appeared on Kelly’s Fox primetime special in May, telling her “I don’t really blame you, because you’re doing your thing.”
UPDATE: Kelly has responded to the uproar surrounding the book excerpt.
You can read the New York Times‘ full review of Kelly’s book here.