Megyn Kelly blames member of Trump transition team for death threats
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Fox News host Megyn Kelly is under armed guard after receiving death threats, and she says Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE's social media director is partly to blame.

On Tuesday night, Kelly asked Don Scavino, a member of Trump's transition team leadership staff, to stop encouraging the online abuse and harassment, The Guardian reported. 

“The vast majority of Donald Trump supporters are not at all this way,” Kelly told an audience in Washington. “It’s that far corner of the internet that really enjoys nastiness and threats and unfortunately there is a man who works for Donald Trump whose job it is to stir these people up and that man needs to stop doing that. His name is Dan Scavino.”

Scavino was Trump's social media director throughout the campaign and according to The Guardian has speculated he might run Trump's Twitter in the White House.


Kelly told the audience at the Politics and Prose bookshop in D.C. that the harassment was difficult.

The worst part is the security threats that I’ve had to face and, as much as I try to avoid some of that online vitriol, I get lots of it and I really hate it. I find that stuff just soul-killing."

While Scavino did help run Trump's social media and has reportedly clashed with Kelly in the past, there is no evidence he is behind the online comments Kelly receives. He has been critical of her on Twitter, writing in October that Kelly "made a total fool out of herself tonight- attacking . Watch what happens to her after this election is over."

Kelly said she and her children have been under armed security for 16 months. The Fox News host's contract is up next year and it has been rumored she may move to CNN or another network.