Donald Trump is trying to deflect the heat he is receiving for his remarks toward Fox News host Megyn Kelly by stating he will be “phenomenal to the women” as president, and by attacking former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida’s treatment of women, one of his opponents for the Republican presidential nomination.
“I will be phenomenal to the women,” Trump said on Face The Nation this morning. "I want to help women.”
Trump continued by showing his disapproval of what Bush said last week about the country not needing “half a billion dollars for women’s health issues.” A statement Bush later retracted, claiming he misspoke because he was only referring to the funding that Planned Parenthood receives.
“What Jeb Bush said last week I thought was totally out of order,” Trump said. “Then he came back a day later and he said 'oh I misspoke' — well that's an awfully bad thing to misspeak about. I just don't think you misspeak that way. So I thought what he did was terrible.”
Trump said he thinks he will win the women’s vote.
"I'm very much into the whole thing of helping people and helping women, women's health issues are such a big thing to me," Trump said. "I was one of the first people in the construction industry in New York to put women in charge of projects,” adding that he has a lot of women in high positions currently working for him.
Trump’s statement comes in the wake of him being heavily criticized for calling Kelly “a bimbo” and insinuating she was hormonal and on her menstrual cycle during the GOP debate Thursday evening when she questioned his treatment of women on social media, Opposing Views reported.
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever ... you could see she was off-base,” Trump said about Kelly.
His remarks resulted in him being disinvited from speaking at the RedState Gathering Saturday evening.
Trump’s response was to call RedState’s editor Erick Erickson a “total loser” who has a history of supporting “established losers in failed campaigns.”
Trump added that only a “deviant” would think Kelly’s motivations for questioning him were influenced by hormones, TIME reports.
On CNN’s State of the Union, Trump said he did not mean to suggest Kelly was menstruating and added that he cherishes women.