The GOP establishment is making a more concerted effort to target presidential candidate Donald Trump. His Republican rivals blasted Trump for his comments about women, the Associated Press via PBS Newshour reported. The point they are making is that Trump’s comments are seen as anti-women and this endangers the GOP’s chances of winning a sufficient percentage of votes from women to win the presidential race in 2016.
The controversy accelerated after Trump spoke of Megyn Kelly Saturday morning, saying she questioned him during the Thursday night debate and had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
“I think women of all kinds are really sort of horrified by this,” Carly Fiorina said about Trump’s comments regarding Kelly, and adding, “I think you cannot have a president who is thin-skinned. If you think a question is tough, imagine the pressure of actually being in the Oval Office.”
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who is running for president, said, “I don’t think we should reward vulgarity. And I don’t think vulgarity equates with insight,” before he also said of Trump, “I have no idea whether he’s conservative. He really could be a liberal, for all I”m concerned. I have no idea what his real philosophy is, other than that he is for promoting himself.”
Jeb Bush questioned the wisdom of Trump’s comments about women, and suggest that they insult 53 percent of the voters.
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.”
In addition to many of the GOP candidates, Republican elites are calling for the “purge” of Donald Trump as a candidate, CNSNews reported. Writing for CNSNews, Patrick J. Buchanan suggested that, “Trump should tell the GOP that if it disrespects him and his followers, then he is prepared to do as did the biblical hero Samson, when, blinded and mocked by the Philistines, he pushed the pillars apart and brought the temple down upon the heads of them all.”
Buchanan further stated, “The Republican establishment will understand that.”
After his controversial comments about Fox News host Megyn Kelly, several of the other GOP candidates for president went after Trump, the Inquisitr reported last week. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush all took exception to Trump’s remarks about Kelly after the debate. Additionally, the comments by Trump got him disinvited from a previous scheduled speech in Atlanta this past Saturday before the RedState Gathering, by RedState Editor Erick Erickson, who said, “If your standard-bearer has to resort to that,” referring to Trump’s attacks on Kelly, “we need a new standard-bearer.”
Will Donald Trump continue to survive being targeted by the GOP establishment and stay ahead in the polls? The coming weeks and months will provide the answer to that question.
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