Kelly, who was the target of many social media attacks during the campaign, said Trump might not be aware “that every tweet he unleashes against you ... creates such a crescendo of anger and, in my case again, threatening behavior.”
The reporter cited "thousands of tweets" directed at her as an example — threats to "beat the hell out of me, to rape me, honestly the ugliest things you can imagine."
On Monday night at an event in Washington, the journalist blamed members of Trump's team for encouraging some of the hate online.
According to The Hill, the host of “The Kelly File” said she was determined not to let Trump’s behavior and the resulting threats impact her coverage.
She also called Trump’s relationship with the First Amendment “not a beautiful match” and said she’s worried for the press under a president Trump.
“The people, as much as it’s fun to hate us, they do need us. They need good, strong, skeptical journalists to be covering whoever it is — whether it’s Barack Obama or President Donald Trump,” Kelly said.
“We’re in a dangerous phase right now, where too many millions of Americans aren’t listening at all to what the press tells them."