Donald Trump is facing a growing backlash for comments he made toward Rosie O’Donnell and Megyn Kelly, with many calling him a misogynist and pointing out a history of sexist comments from the real estate mogul.
During this week’s Republican presidential debate, Trump was asked by moderator Megyn Kelly about his penchant for referring to women he didn’t like as “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals.”
Even before Kelly could finish her answer, Trump interrupted and said, “Only Rosie O’Donnell.”
Trump later had criticism for Kelly as well, telling CNN, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”
The backlash was almost immediate. Conservative commentator Erick Erickson disinvited Trump from speaking at a conference Erickson is holding this weekend.
Erickson said he felt bad that many people weren’t treating Trump, currently the GOP frontrunner, as a legitimate candidate. But Erickson added that he had no choice but to disinvite Trump.
Erickson wrote on his site Redstate.
“But I also think that while Mr. Trump resonates with a lot of people with his bluntness, including me to a degree, there are just real lines of decency a person running for President should not cross.”
“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.”
Erickson told the Washington Post he has gotten a lot of support for his actions.
“I’ve gotten a lot of people e-mailing me telling me thank you. Reporters, conservatives, other politicians. There have been lots of notes. Look, I really wanted Donald Trump to be here. I don’t think he’s a bad guy. But I can’t have a guy on stage who said Megyn Kelly was bleeding from her eyes or wherever. Bridge too far.”
Others have called Trump a misogynist for his remarks and a history of going after women with personal attacks. Vox writer Amanda Taub called the debate a “master class on how to get away with sexism,” detailing Trump’s history with seemingly sexist remarks.
Even fellow candidates are calling out Donald Trump for remarks against Rosie O’Donnell and Megyn Kelly.
Mr. Trump: There. Is. No. Excuse.
— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) August 8, 2015
Despite criticism over his treatment of Megyn Kelly and Rosie O’Donnell, Donald Trump remains atop Republican presidential polls.
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