By Feliz Solomon
October 26, 2016
Feliz Solomon is a senior editor at TIME based in Hong Kong.

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich got into a heated argument on-air Tuesday night, after Kelly questioned Gingrich about allegations of sexual assault against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

When Gingrich blasted media reports of those allegations, Kelly pressed him: “If Trump is a sexual predator…” Gingrich interrupted with a denial, and Kelly pointed out that it was Gingrich’s opinion.

“I am sick and tired of people like you using language that’s inflammatory, that’s not true,” an irritated Gingrich said, in reference to the recent media coverage of 11 women who recently came forward to publicly accuse Trump of non-consensual sexual advances.

Kelly responded, “I think your defensiveness on this may speak volumes, sir.”

Gingrich continued to argue with the news anchor, who has a history of highly charged exchanges with Trump and his supporters, accusing her of being “fascinated with sex.”

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After a brief pause for laughter, Kelly fired back.

“You know what, Mr. Speaker? I’m not fascinated by sex,” she said. “But I am fascinated by the protection of women—and understanding what we’re getting in the Oval Office.”

Watch the full exchange above.

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