Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump clashed with Fox News host Megyn Kelly during the GOP debate tonight over the issue of women (video below).
Kelly asked Trump:
Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is that you speak your mind and you don’t use a politician’s filter. However, that is not without its downsides, in particular when it comes to women. You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals. Your Twitter account...
Some in the audience laughed at Kelly's question.
Trump joked that he was only referring to Rosie O'Donnell, notes Mediaite.com, which brought more laughter.
Kelly added, "No, it wasn’t. Your Twitter account ... For the record, it was well beyond Rosie O'Donnell."
Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women's looks. You once told a contestant on "Celebrity Apprentice" it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president? And how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who is likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women.
Trump blamed political correctness, which he said he doesn't have time for.
He later told Kelly:
And frankly, what I say, and oftentimes it’s fun, it's kidding, we have a good time, what I say is what I say. And honestly Megyn, if you don't like it, I'm sorry. I've been very nice to you although I could probably maybe not be based on the way that you have treated me, but I wouldn't do that.
RawStory.com reports that Trump brought some groans and boos from the audience early in the debate when he refused to promise not to run as a third party candidate (video below).
I cannot say I have to respect the person that, if it’s not me, the person that wins. If I do win, and I’m leading by quite a bit, that’s what I want to do. I can totally make that pledge if I’m the nominee.
I will pledge I will not run as an independent, but, and I am discussing it with everybody, but I'm talking about a lot of leverage, we want to win and we will win, but I want to win as the Republican, I want to run as the Republican nominee.