Donald Trump Gets the Boot From Republican Gathering For 'Inappropriate' Blood Remark Towards Megyn Kelly
By Chris Azzopardi
Donald Trump is slamming anyone who thinks he was referring to Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly's menstrual cycle when he told CNN "there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever" after Thursday's Republican debate, which Kelly moderated and Trump participated in.
His words drew harsh criticism, as they were widely interpreted to imply that Kelly was hormonal for asking questions Trump deemed "nasty."
"Honestly, Megan, if you don't like it, I'm sorry," he responded after she inquired about his history of sexist comments during the GOP debate. "I've been very nice to you, although I could probably not be based on the way you've treated me."
Now, Trump's in hot water with Erick Erickson. The influential right-wing pundit disinvited the real estate tycoon from the RedState Gathering, an annual conservative assembly Trump was slated to appear at this weekend in Atlanta.
"There are just real lines of decency a person running for President should not cross," Erickson stated in a written post on RedState's website. "His comment was inappropriate. It is unfortunate to have to disinvite him. 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."
Trump, however, isn't backing down from his blood-related remarks, nor is he apologizing for them. In fact, he believes it's outlandish to think he'd even aim so low.
"Only a deviant would say that what I said was what they were referring to, because nobody would make that statement," Trump told CNN's Jake Tapper on State of the Union. "You almost have to be sick to put that together."
Trump went on to clarify his statement, saying "blood coming out of her wherever" was meant to refer to Kelly's nose.
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
"We have a tremendously successful campaign and Roger wanted to use the campaign for his own personal publicity," said campaign spokesperson Hope Hicks in a statement issued to ET. "He has had a number of articles about him recently and Mr. Trump wants to keep the focus of the campaign on how to Make America Great Again."
For more on Thursday's debate, when Trump took a dig at Rosie O'Donnell, check out the video below.