Megyn Kelly Wins GOP Primary Debate: Can She Stop Saying She's Not a Feminist Already?!

Megyn Kelly was the lone female voice in last night’s Fox News Republican primary debate and she did not disappoint. Facing the stage chock full of men -- most of whom were tinted the most laughable shade of orange self-tanner imaginable -- Kelly didn’t shy away from tough questions on women’s issues. And it was incredible.

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It’s probably worth mentioning that Kelly has said in the past she doesn’t consider herself a feminist. But you wouldn’t know it if you watched last night’s debate. She took on Trump's lady trolling and even Walker's pro-life-on-steroids position on abortion, not something you'd expect from a darling of the party which continues to wage a war on women.

First she asked a question that must have raised an eyebrow on even the staunchest Hillary supporter.

"Would you really let a mother die than have an abortion?" she asked Scott Walker incredulously.

"I'm pro-life," Walker answered. Then he went on to mumble something about medical strides that have been made to keep anyone, presumably, from actually ever dying from pregnancy. Which sounds nice except 650 women die each year in the U.S. due to pregnancy complications.

*Facepalm*

Props to Kelly for acknowledging that Walker's and Huckabee's positions of fetus fetishism is radical. Huckabee is even more pro-life than Walker, with this proposal to apply Bill of Rights protections to fertilized eggs.

There are Republican women who want control over their own uterus too. In fact, 27 percent of Republicans are pro-choice. Kelly gave those women a voice last night that they probably never expected to hear from their party, particularly at a primary debate.

But the Megyn Kelly moment that made us stand up and cheer was when she questioned Donald Trump about his long list of ugly comments made to, and about, women, largely based on the way they look.

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"You've called women you don't like 'fat pigs,' 'dogs,' 'slobs,' and 'disgusting animals,'" Kelly said, leading into a question about Trump's lack of composure and class, something presumably Americans would require of their president.

Trump responded in typical bare-knuckled fashion, "Only Rosie O'Donnell."

The line got a big cheer from a crowd that had already booed Trump several times, proving misogyny is always common ground among Republicans. But tough gal Kelly wasn't about to let him off the hook.

"For the record it was well beyond Rosie O'Donnell," she said sternly.

Trump explained the behavior by saying Rosie O'Donnell was at his wedding and ate all of the cake and that he was just kidding all the other times and that America doesn't have time for political correctness. But that still wasn't tough enough for Trump. He wanted to put Kelly in her place.

"Honestly, Megyn, if you don't like it, I'm sorry. I've been very nice to you, although I could probably maybe not be, based on the way you have treated me," was Trump's response.

What a total creep.

Here's video of the exchange.

For all of his bluster about being a shrewd negotiator, it probably wasn't the smartest move to take on Kelly, who is the most watched star of Fox News and has hours of airtime every week to pick Trump apart. Kelly's no punk and Trump might want to watch his back.

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Kelly not only took on substantive women's issues last night -- something the GOP badly needs more of -- but she also came across like a flawless boss, and that's fantastic news for ladies on all sides of the issues.

Kelly showed Republican women that there's room in their party for a working mom in charge who also believes in conservative policy. And she gave the Republicans dudes a script for the kinds of issues young Republican women care about. Let's hope they were paying attention.

This isn't Kelly's first time talking lady truth to right-wing power. She famously took on radio host Mike Gallagher to the woodshed after he called maternity leave "a racket."

Kelly can keep denying she's not a feminist, but she sure is starting to sound like one.

Nice job and mad respect, MK. Mad respect.

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