27/10/2016 8:13 PM AEDT | Updated 20/12/2016 1:57 PM AEDT

Anderson Cooper Smacks Down Newt Gingrich Over Megyn Kelly Sex Claims

CNN host Anderson Cooper pointed out Wednesday night the ridiculousness of DonaldTrump surrogate Newt Gingrich accusing Megyn Kelly of being “fascinated with sex”. 

“For Newt Gingrich to accuse Megyn Kelly of being fascinated by sex. This is a guy who is, what, on his third marriage, cheated on his first two wives, and was having an affair while he was impeaching Bill Clinton,” Cooper said.

“For a male like him with his record on relationships to accuse Megyn Kelly of being fascinated by sex, just seems like a particularly ironic thing.”

CNN contributor Ana Navarro agreed during the panel debate of Gingrich’s bizarre defense of the Republican nominee.

“You said ironic. I think the word you’re looking for is hypocritical,” she said, adding that Kelly was reporting on mounting sexual assault allegations leveled at  Trump.

“Let me explain it slowly,” Navarro continued. “Sexual assault and sex are two different things. One is unwanted, one is wanted, so maybe they need to understand that to begin with.” 

Gingrich and Trump seemed to be proud of the bizarre Fox News moment. During a campaign appearance earlier on Wednesday, Trump praised Gingrich for “an amazing interview.”

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.