Donald Trump’s run to the White House is being buoyed by better than expected poll results, as the billionaire’s feud with a Fox News reporter re-ignites.
A new Bloomberg poll for the crucial state of Florida has Mr Trump leading Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by two points, while his overall deficit has closed.
Nationally, Mr Trump still trails Mrs Clinton significantly, however the gap narrowed from 7.1 points on October 17 to 5.1 points at present, according to the RealClearPolitics average.
Mrs Clinton continues to be attacked by Julian Assange and his Wikileaks organisation, however that doesn’t mean Mr Trump has taken a back seat in the scandal stakes.
Fox News presenter Megyn Kelly found herself the focus of an ominous tweet from one of Mr Trump’s top advisors after drawing attention to the billionaire’s treatment of women in a heated interview.
Ms Kelly, who has previously butted heads with the Republican candidate, was accused by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich of being “fascinated with sex” for her focus on allegations of sexual abuse levelled at Mr Trump.
Mr Gingrich argued Ms Kelly was unduly paying more attention to the accusations against Mr Trump than to Mrs Clinton’s use of a private email server and comments regarding a future world without borders.
“You are fascinated with sex and you don’t care about public policy,” he told Ms Kelly.
In the hours following the interview, Mr Trump’s director of social media and senior advisor Dan Scaviano published the tweet that has been interpreted by some as a threat against the high-profile journalist’s career.
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) October 26, 2016
‘Watch what happens’
Ms Kelly argued Fox News’ focus on the sex allegations against Mr Trump simply reflected the interest of viewers.
“I’m not fascinated by sex, I’m fascinated by the protection of women … and the polls show that the women of America are very concerned about these allegations,” she told Mr Gingrich.
“As a media story, we don’t get to say the 10 women are lying. We have to cover that story sir.”
“You can take your anger issues and spend some time working on them, Mr Speaker,” Ms Kelly said.
Mr Gingrich replied: “You, too.”
For the record, @megynkelly was wrong, i don't have anger management issues. I do have media bias issues!
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) October 26, 2016
Ms Kelly argued viewers and voters were less concerned with sexual assault allegations levelled at former president and potential first man Bill Clinton.
The Fox News presenter was at the centre of one of Mr Trump’s many controversies relating to women in August 2015 when he apparently made a reference to her menstrual cycle.
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes … Blood coming out of her wherever,” Mr Trump told a CNN reporter of Ms Kelly’s allegedly angry demeanour during an interview.
Gingrich has a history with Bill Clinton
Mr Gingrich argued that if the American people didn’t want a “sexual predator” in the White House, they should avoid another Clinton era.
The former Speaker fronted the congressional charges against Mr Clinton following the explosive Monica Lewinsky scandal in 1998.
Bill Clinton was impeached by congress in 1998 for lying about his sexual relationship with the 22-year-old White House employee.
The charges were led by then-Speaker of the House Mr Gingrich, but were overturned the next year, and Mr Gingrich was forced to step down after the Republicans failed to pick up the seats he had predicted as a result of the investigation.
Mr Gingrich was also the first-ever House Speaker to be reprimanded for an ethics violation, after being found by the house to have wrongfully claimed tax exemption for a college course run for political purposes.
He was ordered to reimburse the house $US300,000 in investigation costs.