Jamaica Gleaner

Trump barred from con­ser­va­tive gath­er­ing af­ter latest barb

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DON­ALD TRUMP opened his mouth and found the door closed to him at a high-pro­file gath­er­ing of con­ser­va­tive ac­tivists.

His latest in­cen­di­ary com­ment about one of the Fox News mod­er­a­tors from last Thurs­day’s Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial de­bate has led to a scold­ing by the party and con­dem­na­tion by or­gan­is­ers of t he RedS­tate Gath­er­ing.

Trump’s ab­sence from last night’s pro­gramme threat­ened to over­shadow ap­pear­ances by a num­ber of his ri­vals, in­clud­ing for­mer Arkansas Gover­nor Mike Huck­abee, Sen­a­tor Ted Cruz of Texas, for­mer Florida Gover­nor Jeb Bush and Wis­con­sin Gover­nor Scott Walker.

The bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man lashed out against Fox News’ Megyn Kelly for her ques­tions dur­ing the cam­paign’s first de­bate. She had asked the can­di­date about his use of deroga­tory lan­guage to­ward women and whether it re­flected the “tem­per­a­ment of a man we should elect as pres­i­dent”.

Re­fer­ring to Kelly’s ques­tions, Trump told CNN in an in­ter­view late Fri­day: “There was blood com­ing out of her eyes, blood com­ing out of her wher­ever.”

Soon af­ter the in­ter­view aired, RedS­tate’s Erick Erick­son booted Trump from the event’s line-up for last night.

“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. It just was wrong,” Erick­son wrote on the RedS­tate web­site.

LINES OF DE­CENCY

He said that “while Mr Trump res­onates with a lot of peo­ple with his blunt­ness, in­clud­ing me to a de­gree, there are just real lines of de­cency a per­son run­ning for pres­i­dent should not cross”.

Trump’s cam­paign was in­censed – and un­bowed.

“This is just another ex­am­ple of weak­ness through be­ing po­lit­i­cally cor­rect. For all of the peo­ple who were look­ing for­ward to Mr Trump com­ing, we will miss you. Blame Erick Erick­son, your weak and pa­thetic leader,” ac­cord­ing to a cam­paign state­ment.

The Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee, tread­ing care­fully about the cur­rent front-run­ner for the party’s 2016 nom­i­na­tion, called on Trump to “im­me­di­ately clar­ify” his com­ment, and said it would be “highly in­ap­pro­pri­ate” if Trump stood by his re­marks.

Trump needs “to un­der­stand that he is seek­ing the pres­i­dency of the United States now and that words do mat­ter,” RNC spokesman Sean Spicer told NBC’s ‘To­day’ show yesterday.

“I’m hop­ing that Mr Trump, be­cause he does speak off the cuff, be­cause he doesn’t as­cribe to po­lit­i­cal correctnes­s, was speak­ing in a way that wasn’t fully thought out,” Spicer said.

Erick­son said he had in­vited Fox’s Kelly to at­tend in place of Trump in the

evening.

 ??  ?? Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump re­sponds to for­mer Arkansas Gover­nor Mike Huck­abee’s clos­ing re­marks dur­ing the first Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial de­bate at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleve­land last Thurs­day.
Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump re­sponds to for­mer Arkansas Gover­nor Mike Huck­abee’s clos­ing re­marks dur­ing the first Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial de­bate at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleve­land last Thurs­day.

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