The Donald’s ‘blood’ comment backfires
Red State, an influential US conservative forum, dumped property magnate and US presidential hopeful Donald Trump as a speaker, saying it was unacceptable for him to suggest a journalist was tough on him because she was menstruating.
The BBC reported that Trump said Megyn Kelly “had blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever” after she challenged him on remarks he made about women during a TV debate by Republican hopefuls.
Red State said Trump was implying she was hormonal, though he later denied this in a tweet. “Re Megyn Kelly quote: ‘you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever’ (NOSE),” he wrote.
Trump was one of 10 Republican presidential candidates in a chaotic TV debate co-hosted by Kelly on Thursday, which was watched by a record 24 million people.
Early on in the debate, Kelly asked him why voters should elect a man who has called women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals”.
Trump joked that he only said that about TV personality Rosie O’Donnell before adding: “I don’t have time for total political correctness.”
After the debate, he took to Twitter to say Kelly had “really bombed” and that she hadn’t been “very good or professional”.
He continued his attack on CNN on Friday night, saying Kelly was “a lightweight” and that he “couldn’t care less about her”, before making the comment about blood.
He had been scheduled to deliver the keynote speech last night at a conference organised by Red State.
But Red State chief Erick Erickson said yesterday he had rescinded Trump’s invitation because his comments had been “a bridge too far”.
In a statement, he said Trump connected with many Republicans because he was outspoken, but “there are even lines blunt talkers ... should not cross”.
“It is unfortunate to have to disinvite him. But I just don’t want someone on stage who gets a hostile question from a woman and his first inclination is to imply it was hormonal,” he said.
Trump’s campaign responded to Red State’s move by saying it was “another example of weakness through being politically correct”.
He is ahead of the 16 other Republican candidates in several recent polls, despite making several controversial remarks since launching his presidential campaign.
Presidential hopeful Donald Trump