Don­ald Trump re­fuses to apol­o­gize over men­stru­a­tion re­mark

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY JIM MAN­NION

The fron­trun­ner in the U.S. op­po­si­tion Repub­li­can Party pres­i­den­tial pri­mary, Don­ald Trump, on Sun­day re­fused to apol­o­gize for a crude at­tack on a fe­male Fox News jour­nal­ist that sparked wide­spread out­rage, in­sist­ing he was mis­un­der­stood.

The brash bil­lion­aire — who is lead­ing a packed Repub­li­can field of White House hope­fuls — found him­self at the cen­ter of con­tro­versy af­ter seem­ing to sug­gest that Megyn Kelly, one of the mod­er­a­tors of last week’s pres­i­den­tial de­bate, asked him tough ques­tions be­cause she was men­stru­at­ing.

“You can see there was blood com­ing out of her eyes, blood com­ing out of her wher­ever,” Trump told CNN on Fri­day. The com­ment prompted the or­ga­nizer of a ma­jor con­ser­va­tive fo­rum in At­lanta to with­draw his in­vi­ta­tion.

But on Sun­day, Trump said only “sick” peo­ple or a “de­viant” would have con­cluded he was talk­ing about Kelly’s pe­riod.

“I cher­ish women. I want to help women,” Trump said in a phone in­ter­view with CNN’s “State of the Union” news pro­gram.

“Who would make a state­ment like that? Only a sick per­son would even think about it.”

When asked why many of his fel­low can­di­dates and con­ser­va­tive pun­dits had reached the same con­clu­sion about his com­ment, Trump replied: “They want to be po­lit­i­cally cor­rect. They want to get points. I’m lead­ing in the polls.”

Trump nev­er­the­less did not of­fer an apol­ogy.

He said only that he had “noth­ing against” Kelly — and then he dou­bled down on his crit­i­cism of her, again say­ing she had asked him “un­fair” ques­tions dur­ing the de­bate.

In an in­ter­view with Fox News be­fore Trump’s “blood” com­ment, Kelly ap­peared un­fazed by the de­bate dust-up.

“He felt at­tacked. It wasn’t an at­tack. It was a fair ques­tion. But I get it. He’s in the arena and so am I. It’s OK with me that there is some con­ster­na­tion. He will get over that,” she said.

When asked about be­ing at­tacked, she said: “I’m a big girl. I can take it.”

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