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Megyn Kelly on pepper spray: ‘It’s a food product, essentially’

Megyn Kelly downplay severity of UC Davis pepper spray attack

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Fox News correspondents Megyn Kelly and Bill O'Reilly downplayed the severity of the UC Davis pepper spray attack on Monday night's installment of O'Reilly's show.

New York magazine reports that O'Reilly asked Kelly, "First of all, pepper spray — that just burns your eyes, right?" 

Kelly answered by saying, "It's like a derivative of actual pepper. It's a food product, essentially."

Kelly and O'Reilly also spoke of rumors that the pepper spray had been diluted, with O'Reilly arguing, "[The students] should have had more of a reaction than that."

As the magazine reports, the pepper spray used appears to be of the MK-9 stream canister variety, at 0.7 percent strength, with a possible range of 18–20 feet and a minimum recommended distance of six feet. Days later, students who had been assualted were still suffering from burning lips, eyes and throats.

Kelly asserted that the attack "looks bad" and that it appeared to be "abrasive and intrusive," but maintained that she didn't think the officers did anything wrong.

You can watch an excerpt of Megyn Kelly and Bill O'Reilly discussing the UC Davis incident below.

Michael Moore, meanwhile, has called the incident "iconic." Read more about that here.