Trump’s sex­ist re­mark turns Repub­li­can Party against him

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY BECCA MILFELD

Or­ga­niz­ers of a U.S. Repub­li­can Party event with­drew fron­trun­ner Don­ald Trump’s in­vi­ta­tion Satur­day af­ter he sug­gested that a pres­i­den­tial de­bate mod­er­a­tor was tough on him be­cause she was men­stru­at­ing.

The off-handed com­ment un­leashed a new storm of crit­i­cism against Trump as he seeks the op­po­si­tion party’s nom­i­na­tion for next year’s elec­tion and leads in the polls.

The bom­bas­tic bil­lion­aire came un­der fire from his party af­ter a par­tic­u­larly crude ac­cu­sa­tion that Fox News’ Megyn Kelly — one of the mod­er­a­tors at Thurs­day’s Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial de­bate — sin­gled him out with rough treat­ment.

Trump had al­ready

called out the sta­tion’s mod­er­a­tors for ask­ing “un­fair” ques­tions af­ter Kelly brought up his use of deroga­tory lan­guage to­wards women in Twit­ter posts. Kelly asked him if this was be­fit­ting a man vy­ing to be the U.S. pres­i­dent.

But he turned up the tone Fri­day evening when he told CNN that Kelly “is just some­body I didn’t have a lot of re­spect for.”

“You can see there was blood com­ing out of her eyes, blood com­ing out of her wher­ever,” he con­tin­ued.

Those re­marks prompted a prom­i­nent grass­roots Repub­li­can event in At­lanta — RedS­tate Gath­er­ing — to re­scind a speak­ing in­vi­ta­tion for Satur­day.

“As much as I do per­son­ally like Don­ald Trump, his com­ment about Megyn Kelly on CNN is a bridge too far for me,” said con­ser­va­tive pun­dit Erick Erick­son, who is host­ing the RedS­tate ac­tivist event. Trump was to have spo­ken at it.

Mean­while, Trump’s cam­paign told var­i­ous U.S. media on Satur­day that he sacked top po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sor Roger Stone, as the con­tro­versy churned on.

“Roger wanted to use the cam­paign for his own per­sonal pub­lic­ity... and Mr Trump wants to keep the fo­cus of the cam­paign on how to Make Amer­ica Great Again,” a cam­paign spokesper­son told CNN.

Stone, how­ever, took is­sue on Twit­ter with that ver­sion of events.

“Sorry @re­alDon­aldTrump didn’t fire me — I fired Trump. Di­asagree (sic) with di­ver­sion to food fight with @meg­ynkelly away core is­sue mes­sages,” he wrote.

The other pres­i­den­tial

candi- dates, mean­while, were only too happy to try to take po­lit­i­cal ad­van­tage of the con­tro­versy.

Carly Fio­r­ina, the only fe­male Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, tweeted: “Mr. Trump: There. Is. No. Ex­cuse.”

She later added “I stand with @ meg­ynkelly.”

Wis­con­sin gover­nor and Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Scott Walker fol­lowed suit, tweet­ing: “I agree with @Car­lyFio­r­ina, there’s no ex­cuse for Trump’s com­ments. Stand with @Meg­ynKelly.”

‘Po­lit­i­cally cor­rect fools’

Trump tried late Satur­day to back­track from the com­ment about Kelly, stat­ing that he was not re­fer­ring to the body part most peo­ple had in mind from his re­mark on blood.

“Re Megyn Kelly quote: ‘you could see there was blood com­ing out of her eyes, blood com­ing out of her wher­ever’ (NOSE). Just got on w/thought,” Trump tweeted.

“So many ‘po­lit­i­cally cor­rect’ fools in our coun­try. We have to all get back to work and stop wast­ing time and energy on non­sense!” he also tweeted.

A state­ment from the Trump cam­paign widely cited by U.S. media also in­sisted that Trump was re­fer­ring to Kelly’s nose, and that “only a de­viant would think any­thing else.”

The state­ment also called Erick­son “a to­tal loser.”

Ap­par­ently as part of the spin ef­fort, Trump is now sched­uled to ap­pear Sun­day on ABC tele­vi­sion on one of the top U.S. cur­rent events pro­grams, “This Week.”

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