The Courier-Mail

Tasteless Trump unwelcome

Republican­s withdraw top candidate’s invitation

- ANNA CALDWELL

DONALD Trump lashed out at the female journalist who quizzed him on misogyny by suggesting she was asking tough questions because she was menstruati­ng.

The remarks – which Mr Trump later attempted to clarify – saw the US presidenti­al hopeful banned from speaking at an important conservati­ve gathering in Atlanta, as the poll frontrunne­r continues to alienate himself from the Republican establishm­ent.

Mr Trump – just a day out from labelling comedian Rosie O’Donnell a “fat pig” – unleashed on Fox News journalist Megyn Kelly, who used Friday’s GOP debate to quiz the real estate mogul about derogatory remarks he’d made about women.

He began by retweeting a viewer remark that called Kelly a “bimbo”, and then later described her as a “lightweigh­t”, saying he didn’t respect her as a journalist.

“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever,” Mr Trump told CNN.

Mr Trump deleted the bimbo tweet and later denied he was referencin­g Kelly’s menstrual cycle, saying he instead meant blood was coming out of her “nose”.

“I think only a degenerate would think that I would have meant that,” he said.

He 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.”

The remarks prompted the RedState conservati­ve group to “uninvite” Mr Trump from speaking in Atlanta.

“I just don’t want someone on stage who gets a hostile question from a lady and his first inclinatio­n is to imply it was hormonal,” RedState leader Erick Erickson wrote.

Mr Trump also announced yesterday he had fired top adviser Roger Stone, but Stone later claimed he quit.

“Sorry @realDonald­Trump didn’t fire me – I fired Trump. Disagree with diversion to food fight with @megynkelly,” Stone tweeted.

Republican­s are hoping Mr Trump’s controvers­y will stem his success in the polls. However, when Trump last courted controvers­y – by questionin­g the war record of John McCain – he continued to climb in popularity.

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