Trump not sorry, period
WASHINGTON: Republican Party presidential frontrunner Donald Trump refused to apologise for a verbal attack on a female Fox News journalist that sparked widespread outrage, insisting he was misunderstood.
The billionaire, who is leading a packed Republican field of White House hopefuls, found himself at the centre 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,” Mr Trump told CNN.
The comment prompted the organiser of a major conservative forum in Atlanta to withdraw his invitation.
Mr Trump said yesterday that 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.” Mr Trump did not offer an apology.
He said only that he had “nothing against” Kelly and then he again said she had asked him “unfair” questions during the debate.
In an interview with Fox News before Mr Trump’s “blood” comment, Kelly appeared unfazed by the debate dust-up. “He felt attacked,’’ she said. ‘‘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.” When asked about being attacked, she said: “I’m a big girl.
‘‘I can take it.”
Mr Trump’s top political adviser Roger Stone has left the campaign, tweeting that he disagreed with the “diversion to food fight with @megynkelly”.
“There’s no excuse for this,” former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina – the only woman in the Republican field – told Fox News.
Most of the other 15 frontrunners have also criticised Mr Trump.