Regardless of how you look at it, Donald Trump has had a remarkable campaign to date in the presidential run to 2016. Trump has definitely gotten people talking throughout the campaign thus far, and now he has several rival GOP candidates, including Carly Fiorina, gunning for him because of caustic comments he made about moderator Megyn Kelly.
Trump was questioned Friday night about how Kelly had asked him, during the GOP debate, about prior insults he’d made towards women. Trump said Friday that he thought Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her — wherever.”
People have felt that Trump’s statement, however, was a reference to a woman’s hormonal shifts rather than the nose that Trump has claimed to be referring to. The campaign, however, issued a quick statement about what Trump really meant.
“Mr. Trump made Megyn Kelly look really bad – she was a mess with her anger and totally caught off guard,” the campaign said. “Trump said ‘blood was coming out of her eyes and whatever’ meaning nose, but wanted to move on to more important topics. Only a deviant would think anything else.”
Few have bought into the nose argument, though, and this could see the Trump campaign start to unravel. In the aftermath of the comments, Trump was disinvited from delivering a keynote address August 8 at a gathering of conservative activists in Atlanta that was put together by RedState. RedState chief Erick Erickson said the invitation to Trump was withdrawn because he did not “want someone on stage who gets a hostile question from a lady and his first inclination is to imply it was hormonal.”
As befits his confidence and style, Trump said that he was the reason why so many – 24 million, in fact – watched the GOP debate.
“You think they would have had 24 million people watching that show if I wasn’t on it?” he asked during an interview.
On Trump’s Twitter feed, he was equally confident and distinctly unhappy with Fox News in particular.
It amazes me that other networks seem to treat me so much better than @FoxNews. I brought them the biggest ratings in history, & I get zip!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2015
Carly Fiorina, one of Trump’s rival candidates, admitted she found Trump’s comments offensive, but Trump was equally dismissive of his rival on Twitter.
I just realized that if you listen to Carly Fiorina for more than ten minutes straight, you develop a massive headache. She has zero chance!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2015
Trump continues to say that he believes he said nothing wrong in his comments about Megyn Kelly and said during CNN‘s State of the Union that he “cherish(es) women.” He also tried turning the tables on his rival Jeb Bush, who said he misspoke when he said, “I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues,” when discussing the possibility of $500 million being cut for Planned Parenthood.
“I think he’s got a huge problem,” Trump contended on CBS’ Face the Nation.
(Trump Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images; Kelly Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Cosmopolitan Magazine and WME Live)