Several of the other 2016 candidates for the Republican nomination are criticizing businessman and fellow candidate Donald Trump for his comments about Fox News host Megyn Kelly, who was one of the debate moderators this past Thursday, The Hill is reporting. Kelly asked Trump some tough questions during the Fox News-hosted debate among the top ten GOP candidates for president, and Trump has reacted with harsh comments about the Fox New host and debate moderator.
Donald Trump called Kelly “a lightweight” and “highly overrated,” the Inquisitr reported, and said about Megyn Kelly, “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. In my opinion, she was off base.”
Donald Trump has been surging in many national polls and recently appeared to have a clear path to the GOP nomination. But that was before the debate this past Thursday night, when a few tough questions and the reaction from Trump himself led to doubts about whether he would remain on top in the polls, and other GOP candidates saw an opening to attack Trump.
Several of the candidates praised Megyn Kelly and zinged Trump for his comments attacking the Fox News host and debate moderator.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee praised Kelly, the Washington Post reported, saying, “I’ll tell you there’s not a more professional, more savvy, and more brilliant person in television today than Megyn Kelly,” while saying, “The Republican Party is not engaged in a war on women, The Republican Party is not engaged in saying things about Megyn Kelly. One individual is. I’m a Republican. I’ve been once since a teenager. I think what I say about Megyn Kelly has more gravity.”
“There’s no excuse for Trump’s comments,” Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was quoted by The Hill as saying, as well as tweeting, “@MegyinKelly is a tough interview…Being POTUS is tougher. @GOP candidates & media need to get to how we’re going to turn U.S. around.”
Rick Perry, who has been attacking Trump for weeks, took the opportunity to attack Trump again, suggesting that Trump’s comments should “disqualify” him from the race and slamming him for “attacking veterans, Hispanics and women…”
The Hill reports that South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham called for Trump to drop out of the race for the GOP nomination for president and declared him “unfit” to serve as president.
Jeb Bush condemned Trump’s comments as well, saying, “Come on – give me a break. What Donald Trump said is wrong. What he said does not win elections.” Bush also went on to say that Trump should apologize for his attacks against Megyn Kelly.
It was announced this morning that Donald Trump had been disinvited to speak at the Red State gathering by the Editor of RedState, Erick Erickson. In making the announcement before the gathering earlier today, Erickson said, “If your standard-bearer has to resort to that,” referring to Trump’s attacks on Kelly, “we need a new standard-bearer,” the New York Times reported today.
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