Donald Trump uninvited from major Republican event over menstrual comments
Donald Trump has had his invitation to a major event featuring Republican activists, after comments he made about a debate host’s menstrual cycle.
The former Apprentice boss made the comments about Fox News’ Megyn Kelly. who hosted the Republican leadership debate on Wednesday.
In comments made after the hustings, Trump suggested Kelly had given him a hard time on statements he has made about women in the past, because she was menstruating.
Speaking to CNN, he said Kelly “had blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever”.
Since the comments, Erick Erickson, has rescinded an invitation for Trump to speak at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta at the close of RedState Gathering on Saturday night.
“I have rescinded my invitation to Mr. Trump. While I have tried to give him great latitude, his remark about Megyn Kelly was a bridge too far.”
Kelly has been invited in Trump’s place to speak on Saturday night.
Trump’s comments have been widely condemned, including by the only woman seeking the Republican ticket – Carly Fiorina- who tweeted: “Mr. Trump: There. Is. No. Excuse.”
Erick Erickson fully explained his reasons in a statement:
I have tried to give a great deal of latitude to Donald Trump in his run for the Presidency.
He is not a professional politician and is known for being a blunt talker. He connects with so much of the anger in the Republican base and is not afraid to be outspoken on a lot of issues. But there are even lines blunt talkers and unprofessional politicians should not cross.
Decency is one of those lines.
As much as I do personally like Donald Trump, his comment about Megyn Kelly on CNN is a bridge too far for me.
In a CNN interview, Mr. Trump said of Megyn Kelly, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”
It was not the “blood coming out of her eyes” part that was the problem.
I think there is no way to otherwise interpret Mr. Trump’s comment. In an attempted clarification, Mr. Trump’s team tells me he meant “whatever”, not “wherever.”
The other day, we sent out the agenda for the RedState Gathering. The file had been saved with the “final” tag and the Washington team sent it out. But it still had Governor Deal on the agenda and it did not have Donald Trump on it. Obviously, it wasn’t the final.
I called Mr. Trump’s campaign manager and apologized and told him I felt bad for Mr. Trump because he has gotten so much sh*t from so many people and the party itself wasn’t treating the guy at the front of the pack as legitimate.
I think that is true. And I’ve been very sympathetic to Donald Trump because so many of the people who have led the party astray refuse to even treat him as a legitimate candidate.
But I also think 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 trust.
His comment was inappropriate. It is unfortunate to have to disinvite him. But 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.
I have invited Megyn Kelly to attend in Donald Trump’s place tomorrow night.
Kelly is no stranger to controversy herself, and last year apologised after she accidentally introduced anti-gay Republican Mike Huckabee as “Fuckabee”.