Donald Trump’s personal attack against Fox News host Megyn Kelly has cost him a seat at the influential conservative RedState Gathering scheduled for this evening.
The day after the first GOP debate in an interview with CNN, Trump attacked debate moderator Kelly for asking him “unfair” and “ridiculous” questions, The Daily Mail reports.
Kelly confronted Trump during the debate on his disparaging treatment of women, specifically on the Internet via his Twitter account.
“I don't have a lot of respect for Megyn Kelly, she came out, reading her little script, trying to be tough and sharp,” Trump said. “When you meet her you realize she is not very tough or very sharp. She is zippo.
“I got out there they start saying all this stuff ... she gets out and she starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions. 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’s reference to Kelly and blood has many interpreting his comment as relating to her menstrual cycle. Kelly thinks his tirade against her is the latest in what she has termed his “war on women.”
Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina, the only woman running for the GOP nomination, made her opinion known about his remarks on Twitter.
“Mr. Trump: There. Is. No. Excuse … I stand with Megyn Kelly,” Fiorina tweeted.
Trump’s remarks prompted Erick Erickson, the editor of RedState’s website, to disinvite him from the RedState Gathering.
“I have tried to give a great deal of latitude to Donald Trump in his run for the Presidency,” Erickson wrote on RedState. “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.”
Erickson went on to explain that Trump’s comments crossed “real lines of decency a person running for President should not cross.”
“It is unfortunate to have to disinvite him,” Erickson wrote. “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.”
Kelly has been invited to fill Trump’s place at the RedState Gathering.