Donald Trump’s choice of words in his post-debate attack on debate moderator and Fox News host Megyn Kelly has earned a flood of negative attention for the GOP presidential front-runner, with critics suggesting Trump has a problem with women.
CNN reports that the war of words between Trump and Kelly escalated Friday night when Trump commented on the debate in an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon.
Kelly confronted Trump during the debate, noting that in the past he had called some women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals.” Trump later called her questions “ridiculous” and “off-base,” CNN notes.
In his interview with Lemon, Trump said of Kelly: “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”
CNN reports that Trump’s remark “crossed the line, RedState.com editor Erick Erickson said Friday night. He disinvited Trump from the RedState Gathering, a conservative event featuring GOP presidential hopefuls this weekend in Atlanta. Trump was scheduled to give the keynote speech Saturday night.”
Trump sent out a tweet Saturday morning that appeared to be an attempt to clarify his “wherever” comment. Trump tweeted: “Re Megyn Kelly quote: ‘you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever’ (NOSE). Just got on w/thought”
He also sent around a tweet early Saturday in which he wrote: “So many ‘politically correct’ fools in our country. We have to all get back to work and stop wasting time and energy on nonsense!”
CNN notes that Penny Young Nance, president and CEO of the conservative organization Concerned Women for America, was critical of Trump’s post-debate comments, telling the news channel that Trump’s “tantrum was even more enlightening than his original remarks she questioned.”
In a statement Saturday, Nance said of Trump: “Does he have a problem with women? Three wives would suggest that yes, maybe there’s a problem. The good news is that Kelly is a mother of toddlers and knows how to deal with petulance and tantrums. Every presidential election since 1964 has been carried by women. Women don’t like mean and we certainly won’t vote for men or women we don’t trust. Trump’s biggest woman problem is how does he convince women to trust him to keep America safe?”