The Don­ald’s ‘blood’ com­ment back­fires

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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.

DIS­IN­VITED

Pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Don­ald Trump

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