U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, disinvited from a conservative conference and under fire because of remarks about a female debate moderator, defends his comments on while denouncing politically correct “fools.”
CLEVELAND, OHIO, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 06, 2015) (NBC) – U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, disinvited from a conservative conference and under fire because of remarks about a female debate moderator, defended his comments on Saturday (August 7) while denouncing politically correct “fools.”
Trump had been scheduled to give the keynote address on Saturday night at the RedState gathering in Atlanta, where several other members of the 17-person Republican field were appearing.
The comments by Trump, the billionaire New York developer and reality television star whose blunt manner has brought a new dynamic to the 2016 presidential race, come during a campaign in which Republicans are trying to overcome what Democrats say is their “war on women.”
Erick Erickson, who heads the influential RedState website, said on Friday he canceled Trump’s address because of the candidate’s “disrespectful” comments about Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, who was one of three moderators at Thursday night’s candidates debate.
Trump, who was leading in polls going into the debate, thought Kelly was unfair in asking him about his previous comments on women.
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes,” Trump said in a CNN interview on Friday. “Blood coming out of her wherever.”
Erickson, who invited Kelly to replace Trump at the RedState conference, said he revoked Trump’s invitation because his comments were disrespecful to women.
“Do you really think he can make it to the White House with the media running, every five minutes, that he’s calling a female reporter, on Fox, by the way, saying that she was having her period, that’s why she was asking her questions?” said Erickson.
“I don’t want my daughter in the room with Donald Trump tomorrow night, so I uninvited him. I’m sorry,” said Erickson
The Trump campaign issued a statement on Saturday, saying, “Mr. Trump made Megyn Kelly look really bad – she was a mess with her anger and totally caught off guard. Mr. Trump said ‘blood was coming out of her eyes and whatever’ meaning nose, but wanted to move on to more important topics. Only a deviant would think anything else.”
Trump also took to Twitter on Saturday to renounce politically correct attitudes, as he had done at the debate.
“So many ‘politically correct’ fools in our country,” he wrote. “We have to all get back to work and stop wasting time and energy on nonsense!”
Trump made the controvercial remarks during the debate, after Kelly asked Trump about comments he made referring to women as “fat pigs” and slobs.