Fox News host Megyn Kelly asserted this week that President-elect Donald Trump and his top aide, former Breitbart chief Steve Bannon, have empowered the white nationalist movement.
In an interview with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross, Kelly said that she understood why minority communities are concerned about a Trump presidency.
“The relative lack of power of certain minority groups and the fear they’re feeling in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, I think, is something we really need to take a look at,” Kelly remarked. “I don’t think Trump wants to target any particular minority group, I understand their fear, because he spent many months stoking it.”
With regard to Trump’s impact on white nationalists and the so-called “alt-right” movement, the Fox News host said that it was a “a dangerous game to empower them, as clearly has happened.”
“I mean, Steve Bannon is the chief adviser to our president-elect, and I understand the argument that he’s just a provocateur and he comes up with these crazy headlines and they want clicks, but if you look at what’s happened to Breitbart [News] over the last three years, it’s shocking,” she observed. “This is something else entirely, and I don’t know that Trump can stop it. I don’t know who, if anyone, can stop it. I think right now the answer is for good people to exercise their own voice and their own power.”
According to Kelly, Trump’s election was a backlash against “PC culture.”
“There are a lot of people in our society who have had it with PC culture … and I, Terry, am one of those people,” she opined to Gross. “I think we have gone too far into the PC culture, but there’s a limit to how far we can take that.”
“He was given a permission slip for everything he said and did because of that. The gradations of what was appropriate or not seemed to get completely lost, Kelly added. “But I would submit to you that Trump’s history of comments on women go well beyond the line, if you look at them in their entirety, past the normal backlash to PC culture.”
Listen to the audio below.