Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly earned quite the name for herself throughout the 2016 election coverage, but she was making headlines long before Donald Trump decided to talk about her period on national television.
These are her biggest moments throughout the years.
1. Kelly and Kirsten Powers argue over the Black Panthers
One of the first times viewers witnessed Kelly’s backbone was back in 2010 when she got into it with Fox News’ more liberal contributor, Powers, over the merits of a case against the new wave of the Black Panthers.
2. Kelly defends maternity leave
Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to rights for expecting and new mothers. Radio host Mike Gallagher publicly criticized Kelly for taking a three-month maternity leave, and she tore him to shreds for the comments.
“What a moronic thing to say,” she told him when he called her leave “a racket.”
3. Kelly called Barack Obama and Mitt Romney liars
Just because Kelly works at the traditionally conservative Fox News doesn’t mean she’s against calling it like it is, and she did just that leading up to the 2012 presidential election.
“They lie!” Kelly said of Romney and Obama. “Mitt Romney put out an ad about Solyndra that The Washington Post said was full of Pinocchios and not true, and Barack Obama did the same thing about Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital.”
4. Kelly breaks down over injured Syrian child
Journalists typically don’t show emotion, but Kelly couldn’t help herself while watching a brutal video of a Syrian child injured in airstrike attacks.
5. Kelly marches to the Decision Desk following President Obama’s reelection
This is the moment many think made Kelly a star.
Karl Rove tried to place doubt that President Obama had been reelected and Kelly marched down to the Decision Desk to set the record straight about the November 2012 election night results.
6. Kelly sticks it to Lou Dobbs and Erick Erickson over women’s roles
Fox contributors Dobbs and Erickson tried to bemoan the fact that a new study found that 40 percent of women are the breadwinner for their households.
“What makes you dominant and me submissive and who died and made you scientist-in-chief?” Kelly fired back at the men for their ignorant comments.
7. Kelly tells children Santa Clause is white
For all of Kelly’s progressive words over the years, she’s also had her fair share of face-meets-palm moments, like this one in December 2013.
“For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white,” Kelly said in response to the suggestion that we have diverse Santas. “But this person is maybe just arguing that we should also have a black Santa. But, you know, Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we’re just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids.”
8. Kelly interviews Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar
Following the Josh Duggar molestation scandal, Kelly was chosen as the reporter to sit down with Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar for a personal, in-depth interview in June 2015 to talk about the family and how they handled their son’s actions.
A lot of viewers thought that Kelly was too sensitive during the interview, considering the accusations against the family, but the interview nevertheless made headlines for months.
9. Kelly calls out Trump and the first Republican presidential debate
During the Fox News debate in Fall 2015, which kicked off the 2016 presidential election debate season, Kelly posed the question to Trump, “You’ve called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ ‘slobs,’ and ‘disgusting animals.’ Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?”
Trump wasn’t a fan of Kelly’s question and later said in a radio interview about the moment, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever…”
The comment caused a lot of backlash for Trump for his implications about women and their periods.
10. Kelly interviews Donald Trump
Long overdue following the August debate debacle, Kelly finally got her chance for a sit-down interview with Trump in May 2016. Kelly point-blank asked Trump why he called her a “bimbo.” His response? “Come on, you’ve been called a lot worse.”
11. Kelly gets in heated argument with D.L. Hughley over racism
In July 2016, following the killings of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and the police killings in Dallas, Kelly let comedian Hughley have it when their racial discussion turned fiery.
“The only place racism doesn’t exist is Fox News and the police department,” Hughley said sarcastically, which caused Kelly to forcefully respond.
12. Kelly puts Newt Gingrich in his place
Most recently in October 2016, Kelly continued her hard-hitting attitude toward Republican politicians. She got in a heated argument with Gingrich over the sexual assault claims against Trump. Gingrich tried to suggest Kelly is “fascinated with sex,” but Kelly wasn’t having it. She played the trump card (no pun intended) at the end of the interview, saying, “We’re going to leave it at that, and you can take your anger issues and spend some time working on them, Mr. Speaker.”
The interview, for obvious reasons, exploded on the Twitterverse.